Federal Government Shutdown: Where to Snorkel, Kayak, and See Gators Until the National Parks Reopen

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Hiking and Biking

For once, compared to the federal government, the state of Florida looks good. While national parks are closed, state parks like Oleta River State Park in North Miami remain open, with three miles of paved hiking trails and 14 miles of mountain biking trails that wind through dense flora and fauna while still just a stone's throw from FIU and the high rises of Sunny Isles Beach. Maybe you can even find that creepy clown statue that's hidden there. It's almost Halloween, after all.

Oleta River State Park, open daily from 8 a.m to sundown. Admission costs $6 per vehicle. Visit

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Ciara LaVelle is New Times' former arts and culture editor. She earned her BS in journalism at Boston University and moved to Florida in 2004. She joined New Times' staff in 2011.
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