Oleta River State Park
North Miami Beach FL 33160
- Mon: 9am-5pm
- Tue: 9am-5pm
- Wed: 9am-5pm
- Thu: 9am-5pm
- Fri: 9am-5pm
- Sat: 9am-5pm
- Sun: 9am-5pm
Tucked behind the bright lights and bustling energy of Biscayne Boulevard in the city of North Miami Beach is Oleta River State Park. This hidden gem provides a unique outdoor experience, including boating, nature trails, an extensive biking trail and a beach. Just a few blocks east of U.S. 1, this expansive state park provides a secluded off-the beaten path feel, but is just minutes away from major shopping malls, eateries, and highways in the big city.
Must see and must do at Oleta River State Park
Oleta River Beach: It offers an authentic beach experience that almost makes you forget that you're in the midst of an outdoor adventure at a state park.
Bicycling: This state park has one of the best bike trails in the county. Ten miles of moderate-level mountain biking trails are available for experienced bikers. For those less experienced but equally eager, they have access to a three-mile paved bike trail, or a four-mile amateur mountain bike trail.
Blue Marlin Fish House: Sitting on the historic lot of the old Blue Marlin Smoke House, this waterfront restaurant serves up fresh seafood that keeps the crowd wanting more. The food is so good, it's even been featured on Food Network's hit show Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.
Best and worst time to go to Oleta River State Park
The best time to visit the park is during the week. While most people are at work, visitors can enjoy the park and the abundance of activities without the hassle of large crowds and long lines.
The worst time to visit the park is on weekends and holidays. This may seem counterintuitive, but it's worth taking heed too. Because of the sharp increase in the number of visitors during those times, there are instances where the park may be suddenly closed once it hits full capacity.
Admission to Oleta River State Park
Here's how admission fees for Oleta River State Park are charged: Per vehicle (occupancy 2-8); per vehicle with a single occupant or motorcycle; per pedestrian, additional passengers, or Annual Individual Entrance Pass holders.
Wildlife at Oleta River State Park
Around the park are various spots where you can catch a wildlife sighting during your visit. Birds in particular are plentiful because of the abundance of trees at the park.
Insider tip for Oleta River State Park
The beach inside Oleta River State Park isn't manned with lifeguards. It's especially important in the case to use caution and good judgement while enjoying the beach.
Author's bio: Shawanda James is a busy freelance writer, wife, and mom of four in Miami. She giddily writes about travel on the It's All Travel Blog. She's written local and national articles for CBS. Follow Shawanda on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.