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“Pleasant place” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Oleta River State Park

Oleta River State Park
3400 NE 163rd St, Miami, FL 33160
305-919-1846
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Ranked #20 of 122 Attractions in Miami
Type: Parks, Biking Trails, Bodies of Water
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Owner description: These trails, built on flat land, are full of technical challenges.
Orlando, Florida
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“Pleasant place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

Is that part of Miami that is always good to visit. It was raining but the city spirit was there. Music,food,grate people.
By the way Biscayne blvd look great with all Miami Heat players portraits display. Even if you are not a Heat Fan. Is showing city pride.

Visited May 2013
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MIAMI
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“Best Park in South Florida”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

The bike trails are the best in this park , and we the kids love the beach . You do have to get there early because it does get packed after mid morning and then all the good spots for BBQ are going to be gone.Also, parking gets full and you might need to park a little far from where you are going to be , but over all it is a great park for the entire family .

Visited May 2013
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Miami, Florida
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“Need more security officers”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

It is a great place! But last time someone broke my van and my friend's truck and stole a camera a few bucks. I am sure if the management invests more in security around the parking lot, it could be greater. So, please don't leave your values inside cars!

Visited August 2012
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Miami
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“A great adventure close to the coast”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

We live in Miami so we pass the park every weekend on our way to the beach, but had no idea what fun awaited us inside.
Going during the week seemed to be a great choice, since the park always seems to be packed on the weekends. We found the place almost empty, which was great because we enjoyed a beautiful back water kayak trip with little or no river traffic. We saw tons of fish under a mangrove canopy and even paddled out to the white sand beach area for a break at one of the many picnic areas.

We found the staff to be courteous, efficient and the equipment, solid.

Our Groupon package included a lunch complete with craft beers at the Blue Marlin restaurant, conveniently owned by the same kayak proprietor in the park.
This place was featured on Diners Drive Ins and Dives, however they no longer smoke their own fish in house, which is why they were on the show in the first place. So, dont expect anything special. The grilled snapper was fresh and came with the obligatory cole slaw and chips, 6 out of 10. My lady enjoyed her crab cakes with side salad. The beer selection was great, some local some not but mostly craft beers.

Each of us received a kayak for 2 hours, lunch and a beer for under $50. This is in Miami.
Great choice for visitors in miami beach on an overcast day or alternative to the beach. They also have bike trails, cabins and paddle board rentals.

Worth it..yes.

Visited May 2013
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“'Wild' Respite, but crowded and stinky”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

We visited on a nice Sunday in April with the family. There was already a 20 minute line of cars in late morning, but plenty of parking. It is a bit of greenery and natural area in Miami, so that is a plus.

We thought we would rent kayaks for a trip in the mangroves. This concession is a disaster, and Florida State Parks needs to get a new one when the lease is up.There was a line for kayaks, maybe 20 deep; it didn't look too bad. But the signage is very confusing. Get in the line on the second floor first for the paperwork, then go to the line on the ground level for the equipment. We waited in line for over an hour, and had made little headway, so we walked away. It might be worth the effort on a weekday, but not when there are lines.

Next we hit the swimming beaches. I knew they would be crowded, and they were. But worse was the stench, it smelled like raw sewage. I don't know if it was the water, the restrooms, or just the area. The kids seemed to tolerate it and had fun, but I was anxious to leave.

Visited April 2013
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