With the cool winter weather making outdoor activities and dining more appealing than ever Florida’s top local parks offer unbeatable play, stay and dine options for the whole family.
1. Sebastian Inlet State Park, Melbourne
Surfing: Take advantage of some of the best waves in Florida
Camping: The cool winter months are ideal for tent camping in the park and rare opportunity to enjoy the park after closing hours
Live Music Friday Nights: Local musicians play on the upper deck at the park’s Surfside Grill while enjoying the sunset with your favorite beverage and food selection from the grill.
2. Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, Ft Lauderdale
Full Moon Kayak Tours: Venture beneath the full moon each monthly, glow sticks in hand for the park’s hour-long guided tours
Park & Ocean Restaurant: A local favorite with an eclectic menu
3. Whiskey Creek Hideout, Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park, Dania Beach
Restaurant With a View: Dine outside on whiskey creek with views of the ocean and Intracoastal Waterway.
Paddle Rentals: Rent a kayak, canoe or paddle board and venture down mangrove lined Whiskey Creek for a taste of real Florida
4. Oleta River State Park, Miami Beach
Blue Marlin Fish House: Dine inside this fabulous park at the newly reopened historic restaurant that dates back to the mid 1930s. (The smoked fish dip is a house favorite.)
Sandspur Island: Rent a kayak, canoe or paddle board and venture across the Intracoastal Waterway to your own private island adventure.
Mountain Biking: With over 15 miles of mountain bike trails, Oleta River State Park has one of the largest trail systems in Florida.
5. The Nest, Ft. Lauderdale
Happy Hour and Sunsets at the Nest Eatery: Enjoy spectacular sunsets overlooking Osprey Point Golf Course