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  • BEST URBAN BIKE RIDE

    Granada Boulevard

    BEST URBAN BIKE RIDE Granada Boulevard Coral Gables You know those low-to-the-ground, white stone street signs that make Coral Gables so troublesome for unfamiliar drivers? Well, they work just fine for bike riders. To truly enjoy all of the pleasures a jaunt through this classy neighborhood provides, coast down Granada. Even though the wide, winding street is one of the… More >>
  • BEST PLACE TO ROLLERBLADE

    Old Cutler Road from Cocoplum/Le Jeune Circle to Ludlam Road

    BEST PLACE TO ROLLERBLADE Old Cutler Road from Cocoplum/Le Jeune Circle to Ludlam Road Coral Gables, Pinecrest Huge oaks canopy most of this stretch, on which you'll pass Matheson Hammock Park, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Gulliver Academy, and some of the most beautiful homes in Miami. The sidewalk is smooth and wide enough for bikers, runners, and 'bladers to… More >>
  • BEST PLACE TO TRACK BIKE

    The Velodrome at Brian Piccolo Park

    BEST PLACE TO TRACK BIKE The Velodrome at Brian Piccolo Park 9501 Sheridan Street Cooper City 954-437-2626 www.broward.org/parks/velodrome.htm Ever watched the riders at the Olympics as they circled a velodrome -- each trying to reach the other's starting point fastest on the inclined loop -- during the Individual Pursuit event and thought it looked like fun? That's because… More >>
  • BEST PEDESTRIAN EXPERIENCE

    Miami Springs

    BEST PEDESTRIAN EXPERIENCE Miami Springs Glenn H. Curtiss Memorial Circle and Westward Drive Demure, lovely Miami Springs is the kind of town you rely on for comfort after other South Florida neighborhoods have drained your wallet and soul. Its quiet elegance makes the city perfect for a peaceful, contemplative stroll. While it may seem obvious to use the Curtiss Parkway… More >>
  • BEST PLACE TO ROAD BIKE

    Key Biscayne

    BEST PLACE TO ROAD BIKE Key Biscayne If you live in South Florida, you won't find climbs to help in your quest for the yellow jersey, but if you crave a challenge, ride toward Key Biscayne. The closest thing you'll find to Alpe d'Huez in Miami is the big bridge on the Rickenbacker Causeway. It may not be much, but… More >>
  • BEST PLACE TO DITCH THE KIDS FOR A FEW HOURS

    Miami-Dade Public Library System

    BEST PLACE TO DITCH THE KIDS FOR A FEW HOURS Miami-Dade Public Library System South Miami Branch Anime Addicts Club 6000 Sunset Drive South Miami 305-667-6121 It's hard to keep anything anime out of the hands of young people. Savvy librarians are hip to that. "It's really been the best way so far to get the kids into the… More >>
  • BEST FAMILY OUTING

    Larry and Penny Thompson Park

    BEST FAMILY OUTING Larry and Penny Thompson Park 12451 SW 184th Street South Miami-Dade 305-232-1049 Two words: water slides. Six Flags Atlantis has been gone for more than a decade, and it's a long haul from Miami to West Palm Beach for a steep slide-induced wedgie and a close-to-drowning experience in the wave pool at Rapids Water Park. For an… More >>
  • BEST TENNIS COURTS

    Fisher Island Tennis Center

    BEST TENNIS COURTS Fisher Island Tennis Center 7 Fisher Island Drive Miami 305-535-6000 Boris Becker lived and played here; so did Jim Courier. Andy Roddick and Mark Philippoussis drop by to hit a few as well. And when Andre Agassi lands in Miami for the NASDAQ-100 Open during March, there's one place you can be sure to find him --… More >>
  • BEST PLACE TO MOUNTAIN BIKE

    Markham Park

    BEST PLACE TO MOUNTAIN BIKE Markham Park 16001 W. State Road 84 Sunrise 954-389-2000 The words mountain and Florida rarely come up in the same sentence -- unless you're an upwardly mobile biker who has found the next best thing to an actual mountain range: Markham Park. It may not be the Rockies, but Markham provides intense… More >>
  • BEST HOLE AT A GOLF COURSE

    Seventeenth

    1802 NW 37th Avenue Miami 305-633-4583 Challenging in every sense of the word, 17 is a 602-yard, par 5 dogleg sandwiched between an impressive lake guarding the left and a tee-side waste bunker and sand traps, looming the length of the fairway, to the right. If you manage to avoid a case of "the shanks," you'll end up on an… More >>
  • BEST POWERBOAT RENTAL

    Ablaze Boat Rental

    BEST POWERBOAT RENTAL Ablaze Boat Rental 24th Street and Collins Avenue Miami Beach 305-674-9300 This business (formerly Beach Boat Rental) has occupied the same spot for 40 years. From the little roadside stand near the pedestrian bridge over Indian Creek, you can rent an eighteen-footer for $99 (two hours) or a yacht for 30 grand daily (with captain and crew,… More >>
  • BEST TOPLESS BEACH

    Haulover Beach

    BEST TOPLESS BEACH Haulover Beach 10800 Collins Avenue North Miami-Dade 305-944-3040 Wandering around South Beach, the average tourist might think it's the place to go au naturel. The drunk women who parade along Ocean Drive while having deliberate "wardrobe malfunctions" sure make it seem that way. The bare-naked transients taking advantage of the free beach showers add to the… More >>
  • BEST DOG PARK

    Amelia Earhart Park

    BEST DOG PARK Amelia Earhart Park 401 E. 65th Street Hialeah 305-769-2693 and The City of Miami Beach There are a lot of good dog parks in the area, which, given the population density, may be surprising. Nonetheless, in a crowded, ruthless, and sometimes lonely city, dogs, aside from wanting to run your life and have you catch… More >>
  • BEST PLACE TO JOG

    Key Biscayne from lighthouse to Bear Cut

    BEST PLACE TO JOG Key Biscayne from lighthouse to Bear Cut Here are the ideal conditions: early morning, clear skies, low tide. Obviously we´re recommending the shoreline route, which offers a sublime experience of light playing on water, serene stillness, and panoramic vistas. Commonly there is marine-life activity easily visible to the jogger. Uncommonly there is another jogger. Which is… More >>
  • BEST BOWLING ALLEY

    Strike Miami

    BEST BOWLING ALLEY Strike Miami 11401 NW Twelfth Street West Miami-Dade 305-594-0200 www.strikemiami.com Let's face it, with the countless ways this city has to tempt the masses into unbridled debauchery, bowling ranks pretty low on the list. Maybe that's the reason many local bowling alleys tend to be in a state of dilapidation. There is, however, a silver lining at… More >>
  • BEST PLACE TO GO FLY A KITE

    Skyward Kites

    BEST PLACE TO GO FLY A KITE Skyward Kites Haulover Park 10800 Collins Avenue North Miami-Dade 305-893-0906 You know the place. Just north of Haulover Cut on the west side of Collins. What you may not know is that by arrangement with the county parks department, Skyward Kites, a commercial outfit devoted to (duh...), is there every day of the… More >>
  • BEST PLACE TO PLAY SHUFFLEBOARD

    North Shore Park and Youth Center

    BEST PLACE TO PLAY SHUFFLEBOARD North Shore Park and Youth Center 501 72nd Street Miami Beach 305-861-3616 Hey, we thought shuffleboard was going the way of lawn darts and horseshoes, but new courts are still being built in the area. This outdoor activity was popular in fifteenth-century England, made its way across the pond on the decks of glorious transatlantic… More >>
  • BEST PICNIC SPOT

    Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

    BEST PICNIC SPOT Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden 10901 Old Cutler Road Coral Gables 305-667-1651 www.fairchildgarden.org If the kindly volunteers who take your admission tickets see your picnic gear and suggest that you enjoy your repast on the tables near the Garden Café, smile and nod pleasantly. Then head straight for one of many secluded lakeside spots, far from the café,… More >>
  • BEST DRIVING RANGE

    Miccosukee Golf and Country Club

    BEST DRIVING RANGE Miccosukee Golf and Country Club 6401 Kendale Lakes Drive Kendale Lakes 305-382-3930 Planted deep in the suburban sprawl known as Kendale Lakes, somewhere between stucco housing development A and stucco housing development B, is the Miccosukee Golf and Country Club. Formerly the Miami National Golf Club, the land, just west of another holey spread at Calusa Country… More >>
  • BEST PLACE TO BIRDWATCH

    Anhinga Trail

    BEST PLACE TO BIRDWATCH Anhinga Trail Royal Palm Visitor Center Everglades National Park South Miami-Dade 305-242-7700 There are other trails where you're likely to see the full variety of South Florida's wading bird population, but none so accessible to the novice, and none with more of a certainty of close-up encounters with tricolored heron, great blue… More >>
  • BEST PUBLIC PARK

    Tropical Park

    BEST PUBLIC PARK Tropical Park 7900 Bird Road West Miami-Dade 305-223-8710 No place else in Miami-Dade County offers an array of activities and amenities to compete with 275-acre Tropical Park. Among them: baseball/softball fields (fields can be reserved; batting cages temporarily closed), lighted tennis courts, a fully equipped equestrian center (including several show rings and competition courses, covered seating, and… More >>
  • BEST RURAL BIKE RIDE

    Shark Valley

    BEST RURAL BIKE RIDE Shark Valley Everglades National Park Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41) approximately 35 miles west of downtown Miami 305-221-8776 www.nps.gov/ever/visit/tramroad If you've never biked the fifteen-mile loop road at Shark Valley, you have a treat in store. But we're guessing you have. You may even have done it early in the morning, before the park officially opens and… More >>
  • BEST SNORKELING SPOT

    Biscayne National Park

    BEST SNORKELING SPOT Biscayne National Park 9700 SW 328th Street South Miami-Dade 305-230-1144 Perennial winner and favorite of locals who want to avoid the famously crowded place next door, Biscayne National Park isn't the easiest spot to get to -- unless you have your own watercraft. Fortunately the concessionaire has a wide range of tours, boat and equipment… More >>
  • PERSONAL BEST

    Samantha Haber of the South Miami Branch Library

    Personal Best Programming librarian Samantha Haber hosts a weekly club for anime enthusiasts thirteen and older to watch films, discuss graphic novels, and practice drawing in the Japanese style at the South Miami Branch Library. (The downtown branch also offers a club for younger fans ages nine and older.) This cool, stereotype-busting individual loves the kids but knows how to… More >>
  • BEST PLACE TO KAYAK

    Virginia Key Marine Sanctuary

    BEST PLACE TO KAYAK Virginia Key Marine Sanctuary Put in either at Crandon Marina on Key Biscayne or from the Virginia Key beach. Your destination is the northwest quadrant of Virginia Key's offshore waters, an area from which all powered vessels are banned. What you'll see once you get there: rays lounging on patches of sandy bottom, manatees year round,… More >>
  • BEST BEACH

    Virginia Key Beach

    BEST BEACH Virginia Key Beach Once the playground of the unwanted, Virginia Key has been a refuge for nudists and, during segregation, African-American bathers. The island is also home to a landfill and a big, stinky water-treatment plant. It was an environmental ghetto just a hop, skip, and jump from some of the fanciest real estate in the world, but… More >>
  • BEST PLACE TO HIKE

    Big Cypress National Preserve

    BEST PLACE TO HIKE Big Cypress National Preserve Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41) approximately 54 miles west of downtown Miami 239-695-1201 www.nps.gov/bicy/sandytrail Why drive more than an hour just to find a place to hike? Because the drive across the Everglades is itself engrossing, and because Big Cypress boasts far more hiking trails, and a greater variety of trails, than anywhere… More >>
  • BEST NATURAL HIGH

    Rollerblading toward a sunset

    BEST NATURAL HIGH Rollerblading toward a sunset For those who live in Miami, developing a chemical dependency comes as naturally as developing a taste for black beans and rice. Overindulging in such pleasures can be seriously detrimental to your health. That's why it's a good idea to satisfy your jones for hallucinogenic-style visuals while deploying a healthy weapon in the… More >>
  • BEST PUBLIC SWIMMING POOL

    Miller J. Dawkins Olympic Pool Complex

    BEST PUBLIC SWIMMING POOL Miller J. Dawkins Olympic Pool Complex Charles Hadley Park 1300 NW 50th Street Miami 305-634-5791 When you are looking for a public pool, you want it to be clean -- clean water, clean deck, and especially a clean locker room. The Dawkins Olympic Pool Complex sparkles, plus it has three pools and no charge for admission.… More >>
  • BEST BASKETBALL COURT

    Flamingo Park

    BEST BASKETBALL COURT Flamingo Park Fourteenth Street and Meridian Avenue Miami Beach 305-673-7760 Kendall and Pinecrest; Hialeah and Overtown; West, North, and South Miami. Wonderful basketball courts can be found all over, but for sweaty street hustle in a well-appointed setting, Flamingo Park is hard to beat. This Miami Beach gem attracts a dazzling variety of players:… More >>
  • BEST SAILBOAT RENTAL

    Shake-a-Leg Miami

    BEST SAILBOAT RENTAL Shake-a-Leg Miami 2620 S. Bayshore Drive Coconut Grove 305-858-5550 www.shakealegmiami.org You'd rather be sailing, but you don't own a boat, so you must either suck up to someone who does or rent. You can make your money work harder by renting a sloop from Shake-a-Leg, easily the coolest sailing program in the county. Founded in 1990… More >>
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