Spend The Day At Crandon Park

Crandon Park Beach

Crandon Park Beach

Crandon Park

Biking through Crandon Park in Key Biscayne

Crandon Park Beach

Crandon Park Beach

Crandon Park Beach

Crandon Park Beach

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By: Shayne Benowitz

Key Biscayne’s Hidden Outdoor Gem

Crandon Park is a wonderful destination to commune with the great outdoors on beautiful Key Biscayne. The park is home to a sandy beach, golf course, tennis center, nature center and marina. You’ll find kiteboarding, stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking vendors, as well as picnic tables, cabanas and so much more! Originally, the 800-acre Crandon Park was a part of the largest coconut plantation in the country, owned by South Florida pioneer William Matheson whose name is lent to another classic Miami park, Matheson Hammock. In 1940, the Matheson family donated a large parcel of land to Miami-Dade County for a public park, and Crandon Park was born. Now, Crandon Park is open to the public year round to enjoy beautiful beaches, wildlife and world class recreational amenities.

Sea Turtle
Sea Turtle's nest on Miami's beaches every year

Crandon Park Beach

The treasure of scenic Key Biscayne, Crandon Park is located on Bear Cut Preserve. Its sandy, two-mile long beach boasts sand dunes brimming with wildlife, from butterflies to herons and marine animals. You can scout the mangroves and coastal hammocks for rare birds and sea turtles in their nesting grounds or enjoy an active day of kayaking, paddleboarding and kite boarding. You can also explore the park’s grounds on a single or quad bike rental.

Consistently named among the top beaches in the nation, Crandon Park beach features soft sand and calm waters, along with equipment rentals such as chairs and umbrellas. There are also barbeques, concession stands, a covered picnic area and volleyball courts. When you don't want to spend all day under the blazing sun, Crandon Park offers beach cabana rentals. The private cabanas provide a 100-square-foot shelter, a private shower and an assigned parking space.

Crandon Golf
Crandon Golf Course on Key Biscayne offers a beautiful view of Biscayne Bay and Miami

Crandon Golf

To spend a day on the links at Crandon Golf at Key Biscayne is to spend a day in paradise. You’ll feel a world away from the city hustle and bustle as soon as you’ve crossed the Rickenbacker Causeway and arrive beneath Crandon Park’s dense tree canopy. Crandon Golf at Key Biscayne is a championship 18-hole golf course and the only one in Miami overlooking glittering Biscayne Bay. Designed by Von Hagge, the par-72 course is known for both its beauty and its difficulty. It’s rated one of the Top 10 Courses by Golfweek and one of America’s Top 75 Upscale Courses by Golf Digest.

Host to the Senior PGA Tour for nearly two decades, it’s welcomed such golf legends as Lee Trevino, Chi Chi Rodriguez, Don Messengale, Ray Floyd and Gary Player. You too can swing your club amidst picturesque views of Biscayne Bay, mangrove islands and lush palms for a distinctly tropical ambiance. The course is a work of art from the first hole to the last with seven saltwater lakes, challenging sand traps, a subtropical lagoon and mangrove thickets. The seventh hole, in particular, is known as one of the greatest holes in golf, a par 4 that doglegs to the right and sends your ball soaring over the sparkling water.

Crandon Golf at Key Biscayne is also home to a driving range, putting greens and practice chipping. Their top-of-the-line pro shop is fully stocked with the latest golf equipment and apparel and also offers cart and equipment rentals. It’s home to a staff of golf pros for lessons in both classic and new techniques for beginners or experienced golfers looking to improve their game.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center
Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center is perfect for a first-hand learning experience

Nature Center

Key Biscayne’s nature center, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center at Crandon Park, is a beautiful facility and the best place in Miami to learn about all the natural wonders of the area in Mother Nature’s classroom. See baby sea turtles carefully released into the, take a sea grass adventure with a naturalist and collect sea life in nets and buckets to examine. This non-profit conservation project is a wonderful place to bring the kids to enjoy a family outing or to learn a bit of biology from the expert staff. Their facility is a beautiful oasis inside Crandon Park. Take advantage of their amenities like a central amphitheater courtyard, hands-on exhibits, art gallery, lab classrooms and more.

Tennis at Crandon

The Tennis Center at Crandon Park was the longtime home of the Miami Open until recently and many tennis stars have graced these courts including Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic. The center boasts 27 tennis courts including 13 lighted for evening play with both clay and hard courts available for reservations. With an onsite pro shop, the center also offers lessons and clinics year-round, as well as a summer camp and after school program.

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