Outdoor Activities in Miami, FL
Ready for a different type of exercise? The Flying Trapeze School in Miami’s Bayfront Park teaches you how to flip and turn on a flying trapeze. The school, run by professional flying trapeze acrobats, offers a two-hour introductory class where anyone (really, no experience is required) can learn how to fly high on the trapeze. The focus of the class is on safety but you’ll get to do your share of flips, as well as a dismount and a catch. Don’t worry; you’ll be wearing a harness. If you’re not ready to commit to a full class, the school also has a “try n’ fly” option, where you’ll get one turn on the trapeze so you can find out if you want more.
Uncover the history of some of Miami’s lesser known neighborhoods, buildings and landmarks with History Miami’s series of tours. Every year from September to June, the museum offers a variety of tours around the city, its parks, beaches and neighborhoods. Whether it’s exploring the architecture of Little Havana, taking an ecological walk in Coconut Grove or strolling along Biscayne Boulevard with Dr. Paul George – Miami’s most well known historian and tour guide – you have plenty of tours to choose from. And while the walking tours will get you out and moving, you can also try the museum’s bike tours and boat tours of the Miami River, the Oleta River and Stiltsville, a community of seven houses on stilts in the middle of Biscayne Bay.
With all the water surrounding Miami, water sports are a natural choice for staying active outdoors. Stand up paddleboarding, also known as SUP, has been growing in popularity everywhere and Miami has several places for lessons and board rentals. But why not take your workout a step further and try yoga paddleboarding? Adventure Sports Miami offers these classes at Matheson Hammocks Park, south of Coral Gables. The one-hour classes are a combination of Hatha and Vinyasa yoga atop a floating board. You'll get a great workout while taking in the beauty of your surroundings. Classes are typically held on weekends and cost $40 including the board rental. Make sure you call in advance to reserve. Adventure Sports also offers yoga paddleboarding excursions and kiting lessons.
Explore the natural beauty of Miami's most beloved garden and its hundreds of species of plants. Of course you can round up your friends and take a walk around the garden anytime you want but you can also take advantage of the garden's walking tours. A butterfly tour that takes you on a exploratory walk to identify the garden's 45 species of butterflies is held year round on Saturday and Sunday mornings. The garden's new themed tours are held twice a day on Saturdays and Sundays and explore a different theme each month. So one month you could be learning about Fairchild's beautiful orchids and the next about its edible plants, all while you move your legs a bit. The tours are free with garden admission.
The Pinecrest Gardens Green Market is a good place to start your morning strolling under the beautiful canopy of trees that provide shade to the market's vendors. Browse the stands of locally grown and organic fruits and vegetables, fresh breads and pastries, cheeses, prepared foods and local honey. Grab some breakfast and stock up on delicious local foods for the week. You can also pick up flowers to decorate your table when you cook what you picked up for dinner. The market is held every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The selection varies as the season winds down to make way for the summer but this market is one of the few in town that is open year-round.