Cape Florida State Park

Another historical site in Miami, might not be exactly what you’d expect. Cape Florida State Park is home to the historic lighthouse that was built in 1825. As such, the lighthouse is the oldest standing structure in the county. Open for tours on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays you can get a grand view of Key Biscayne or what locals call “the Key.” The tours are free and take place from 10 A.M. to 1 P.M. on those designated days.

The lighthouse is just one of the attractions in Cape Florida State Park though. The beach itself has been voted one of the top ten beaches in all of America. Coming in at number seven on the list, the white and warm sand, is great for catching rays, playing beach games, or sitting down for a picnic. Once more, off of the seawall in Biscayne Bay, fisherman can throw their line for some of the most superb shoreline fishing in the entire country.

There is also a massive draw for families at the Lighthouse Cafe, where you can sit down for a good meal cooked over the grill and wildlife to take in after it was placed there following Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Sporting enthusiasts come by the hundreds on a pristine day to take advantage of the windsurfing and kayaking out on the ocean or the skating, jogging and walking that the nearby paths provide.

Finally, why leave when you can stay? For a small fee, boat camping can take place in No Name Harbor, a popular spot for late night hangouts on a calm evening.