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Family Fun in Miami's Outback

Explore nature, learn about alligators and see the Everglades
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Rating: 3 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 25 miles
Duration: Full day
Family Friendly

Overview :  Before the subdivisions encroached, South Dade was known as "the garden capital of the world." Rich farmlands, hacked out of... more »

Tips:  What to bring: Hats, sunscreen, insect repellant, water, a full tank of gas

What to wear: Winter days can be chilly by Florida... more »

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Points of Interest

Back in 1933, Joseph DuMond, who loved monkeys, turned six crab-eating Java troop monkeys loose in a dense native hardwood hammock to study their behavior. An artist lacking the academic degrees to attract research grants, he raised funds for his research by opening Monkey Jungle. At first both humans and monkeys could roam free, but later the... More

Between 1923 and 1951, Ed Leedskainin, a Latvian immigrant, created a monument to his lost love. Not just any monument but a castle constructed from more than 1,000 pounds (nearly 5,000 kilos) of coral rock he mined locally. Only five feet tall and weighing about 100 pounds, he worked all by himself with the most primitive of tools.

He fit... More

The first farmers began growing winter crops here in 1898, traveling down Homesteader's Trail from Miami, the only link until Henry Flagler completed his Overseas Railroad to Key West in 1912. Incorporated in 1913, it is the second oldest city in Miami-Dade County and on the National Register of Historic Places.

The old town hall, built in 1917... More

4. Robert is Here Fruit Stand

Robert is Here is indeed a fruit stand with all sorts of locally grown fruits and vegetables, but the big draw is the fresh-fruit milk shake menu. The key lime shake tastes better than the richest key lime pie. Yum! Get in line to order as soon as you get there. Then look around. You'll hear your number called when it's finally ready.

While... More

Not to be confused with Everglades National Park, which is a little to the southwest, this Florida attraction with an old-timey feel lets you and the kids get up close but not overly personal with alligators, snakes and other inhabitants of South Florida's "River of Grass."

The farm has educational alligator and snake shows, but the... More

With about 1.5 million acres (roughly 600,000 hectares), this is the third largest national park in the lower 48 states as well as the largest subtropical wilderness in the country. You'll see more wildlife activity in the winter, swat more mosquitos in the summer. Outdoor activities include hiking, canoe and kayaking, biking, camping and fishing... More

The Fuchs family has been growing orchids in Homestead for three generations. As a boy, Bob Fuchs, president of R.F. Orchids, hunted orchids in the Everglades. Today he hunts them around the world, develops new strains in Thailand and wins gold medals at international orchid shows.

The orchid nursery makes a tranquil stop. You'll be greeted like ... More