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The Ten Best Places to Go Stoned in Miami

Frost Science's lasers are superlasery when you're high.
Frost Science's lasers are superlasery when you're high. Photo by Amadeus McCaskill

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click to enlarge KARLI EVANS
Karli Evans
6. Sweat Records. One of the best record stores in Miami, Sweat Records provides the exact atmosphere many people crave when they’re a little stoned yet want to do something culturally interesting. You can lose yourself in a large collection of vinyl records, ranging from classic rock 'n’ roll to contemporary pop. You can snack at a coffee shop that sells tea and vegan snacks nestled right inside. Or you can simply zone out to whatever hip music is playing while you're there. This spot might become a new go-to for lovers of music and weed. Plus, when the shop closes, you can head next door to Churchill’s Pub, where you can catch a live performance and grab a drink. 5505 NE Second Ave., Miami; 786-693-9309; sweatrecordsmiami.com. Monday through Saturday noon to 10 p.m., Sunday noon to 5 p.m.
7. Zoo Miami. This might sound cliché, but being high at the zoo is fun. Although this option might not be ideal during the hot summer, casually strolling through the zoo while enthusiastically taking Snapchat videos of all the animals and leisurely reading the plaques next to each animal habitat will have you feeling stress-free. 12400 SW 152nd St., Miami; 305-251-0400; zoomiami.org. Monday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Photo by Chris Garcia / Courtesy of the GMCVB – MiamiandBeaches.com
8. Matheson Hammock Park. Just off of scenic Old Cutler Road in Coral Gables is the relaxing and beautiful Matheson Hammock Park. This place is so pretty it's often used for quinceañera pictures. With a beach, kayak and kiteboarding rentals, picnic benches, lakes, and even the romantic restaurant Red Fish Grill overlooking the water, Matheson Hammock is the perfect park for those looking for a classy, peaceful vibe. 9610 Old Cutler Rd., Miami; 305-665-5475; miamidade.gov. The park is open sunrise to sunset; Red Fish Grill is open 6 to 10 p.m. weekdays except Monday (when it's closed) and 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
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Photo by Michael DeAngelis
9. Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park. From bike rentals and picnic areas to a restaurant and historic lighthouse, this park is a favorite for many reasons. Relax on the beach, crack up at all of the grouchy-looking iguanas eyeing you, or set up a barbecue while taking in the breathtaking scenery. Pro tip: Climb to the top of the Cape Florida Lighthouse to catch the sunset. 1200 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne; 305-361-5811; floridastateparks.org. Monday through Sunday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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Courtesy of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau
10. Hobie Island Beach Park. Last but not least, we had to include this nostalgic spot on “the Key,” where countless South Florida teens have smoked for the first time, right below the Rickenbacker Causeway. Don’t let the bustling cars overhead deter you, because this beach is always packed with families, dogs, and teens as people wait to catch the sunset behind the gorgeous Miami skyline. You’ll seriously feel like a teenager again. 3501 Rickenbacker Cswy., Key Biscayne; 305-361-2833; miamiandbeaches.com. Sunrise to sunset.
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Nicole Lopez-Alvar is a contributing writer for Miami New Times who loves food. A Miami native, Nicole attended Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart in Coconut Grove and later graduated from the University of Miami.