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Review of Oleta River State Park

Oleta River State Park
3400 NE 163rd St, Miami, FL 33160
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Ranked #51 of 264 Activities in Miami
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Biking trails, Bodies of water, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks
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Owner description: These trails, built on flat land, are full of technical challenges.
Hollywood, Florida
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41 attraction reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013 via mobile

I absolutely love this park, I visit once a week by boat and then head out to the Sand bar. There are lots of things to do like renting kayaks and riding the mountain bike trails. You am also just relax on the beach they have and bbq grill. A true gem

Visited April 2013
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“Awesome place to kayak!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013 via mobile

Go here all the time, love the kayaking!! We have even seen dolphins a few times. Highly recommend it!!

Visited April 2013
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Miami Beach, Florida
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79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
“Best Place to Learn StandUp Paddleboarding”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

This is my "go-to" spot to take friends who have never done standup paddleboarding before - the water is always calm especially by the launching area that is shared by kayakers who rent from Blue Moon Outdoor Center (the rental concession inside the park). The staff there are so friendly and helpful.

I've only used this park for standup paddleboarding and I've never had a bad session since discovering this place last year. You can stay inside the immediate area first to get the paddlers accustomed to the boards...everyone I've taken there for their first time have been able to stand up (woohoo!) with no issues.

Then we go do a full loop going towards the open water, going through a couple of tunnels, "Huck Finn style" and out towards the islands on Biscayne Bay. There are a few quiet coves to explore towards FIU campus. The entire loop takes about 2-3 hours to do...it doesn't feel like you're in Miami as it is so serene. There are lots to see - birds, occasional manatees, fish...all sorts of critters.

I would recommend bringing water or beverage when you're out there as once you're on the bay, you are completely exposed to the sun. There are a few places with tree canopies but for the most part, you are out in the open. It makes for an amazing day on the water.

Oleta has ample parking spaces and clean, well-maintained bathrooms. The park is a very popular spot for bicyclists and kayakers.

They currently charge $6 up to 4 people in a car or $4 for one person on the weekends.

I consider this place my "home standup paddleboard course"! :)

Visited March 2013
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Montreal, Canada
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“Tourist trap”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013 via mobile

When you come in to the park, they make you pay ten dollars to just park. Then, when you want to rent a kayak, they will charge you 35 dollars for one and a half hours. She decided to pay that because we already wasted 10 dollars on parking, so it would be a shame if we would just leave then and there. In the water, it was very dirty, with white gooey bubbles popping and reforming all the time. Also, they have you a map to follow but it was super hard. And, it didn't help that there were paths in the water that brought you to disgusting water and eventually a dead end. I would never ever go here period.

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Miami, Florida
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“Great park for the whole family.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

There is a great park for the whole family to enjoy a day outdoor.
You can make a BBQ, ride a bike; Oleta River State Park currently has over 10 miles of challenging, intermediate mountain bike trails. For the beginner, there are over 4 miles of novice trails and 3 miles of paved trail. The paved trail also offers great conditions for roller blading. , or rent a Canoe or kayak. Cabins and camping is also available. It is the perfect park for all the ages!

Visited December 2012
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