With plenty of sunshine, natural beauty and striking views, it’s safe to say that pedaling around Miami always sounds like a good idea. Whether you’re looking to pass the time with a leisure ride or switching up your exercise routine, there’s no shortage of bike trails throughout the city.
Rather than looking at grueling mountain bike routes that put your endurance to the test, we’ve gathered the most pleasant and scenic trails in the Magic City that you have to check out:
1. South Pointe Park, Miami Beach
The views at South Pointe can’t be beat, especially if you choose to bike at sunset. With the city skyline serving as the perfect backdrop, ride along the water and breathe in the fresh seaside air. When you’re done, find a spot on the pier to watch the ships or hit the sand to soak up the sun.
2. Shark Valley Trail, Everglades
This 15-mile loop in the Everglades is perfect for an energizing bike ride while taking in the breathtaking sights of Florida’s nature. Just keep an eye out for any gators! Move at your own speed along the smoothly paved route, which starts and ends at the Shark Valley Visitors Center, and try to make it to the 45-foot Observation Tower at the midway point for even greater spectacular views.
3. Rickenbacker Trail, Key Biscayne
This beautiful trail and bridge takes you on a 9-mile journey of blue water and extraordinary views of Biscayne Bay. The route runs along the roadway, where there’s green and sectioned off paths for safety, and ends at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park. Check out the historic 1825 Cape Florida Lighthouse once you make it!
4. Old Cutler Trail, Coral Gables
Old Cutler Trail is lined with towering banyan trees and the neighborhood’s most stunning and historic mansions. You should take your time because the scenic drive is mostly-shaded and passes through several landmarks, like Matheson Hammock Park and Fairchild Tropical Garden.
The Venetian Causeway is a gorgeous place to walk, bike or run. The bridge was originally built in 1913, becoming the longest wooden structure in the world at the time, before it would eventually be replaced by a series of arch drawbridges in 1926. Start at Margaret Pace Park and make your way across the Venetian Islands where you’ll get amazing views of the water, city skyline and some of the most beautiful waterfront homes! It’s safe to bike — just make sure you’re comfortable with cars.
6. Larry & Penny Thompson Memorial Park, Kendall
This 27-acre campground features natural South Florida woodland, a freshwater lake and hiking and biking paths. There’s paved roads perfect for biking and enough tropical trees and plants to gaze at. There’s also an RV section with full electrical and water hook-ups as well as spots for camping, if you’re looking to stay.
7. Ocean Drive
The famous South Beach strip has sectioned off a part of the road for bicyclists and there’s bicycle lanes on the parts of the road that allow traffic, so there is no better time to glide past the beautiful Art Deco buildings! See and snap photos of all the main sights from the Colony Hotel to the Clevelander.
8. The Underline, Brickell
Underneath Miami’s Metrorail is a bikeable corridor that’s still opening in phases. The green outdoor park features a basketball court, outdoor gym, native plant gardens, walking trails and bike paths. Of course, biking and walking paths are separated for a safe stroll or ride.