Are you planning a trip to South Florida and want to find some great places where you can enjoy some good walking as well as some great scenery? Well, there tend to be plenty of places it seems in South Florida to do just that and here are just a few places you might want to do your walking at.
The Waterfront is a great place to start off with. There is the Hollywood Boardwalk and that runs right along the beach. It really is a pretty little spot that is dotted with palms and is squeezed between the beautiful ocean and a lot of restaurants and shops that you can amuse yourself with while enjoying your walk. There is a nice 2 ½ mile wide promenade that includes a separate bike lane so if you don’t want to walk you can always rent a bike and do some bike riding instead.
If you are more into wilderness atmosphere then you will want to check out Deerfield Island Park. This nice little park is located on the Intracoastal Waterway. This is a gopher tortoise refuge and you can only get to the island itself by boat, but there are actually free shuttles each weekend if you want to wait to go on the weekend. There is a very pretty loop that is a mile long that goes around the island where you’ll get to see all kinds of wildlife like ibis, egrets and you might even be lucky enough to see some manatees. This island park also has a nice platform to look out over the island and the ocean and there are also picnic tables where you can bring your own lunch and enjoy the view.
If you want to see even more wildlife while walking you won’t want to miss the Green Cay Wetlands that can be found in Boynton Beach. This has a very well kept boardwalk where you can walk among the wetlands that include a forest, marsh and even a cypress dome. The entire beautiful walk is just 1.3 miles so it’s pretty good for anyone from the infrequent walker to more experienced.
You can find plenty walking if you go shopping at some of the prettiest malls and shopping areas in the state. One really great place to both walk and shop would be the Gardens Mall that is found in Palm Beach Gardens and it opens up especially for walkers every day at 7:30 in the morning. There are various laps around both the upper and lower levels of this mall and you will find plenty of benches to take a rest if needed. The mall is also nicely landscaped and has beautiful sculptures to enjoy and a really pretty fountain.
Another great place to go for both shopping and walking is the Festival Flea Market Mall that you can find tucked away in Pompano Beach. This is a wonderful flea market that has over 350 vendors that you can check out on this mile long walk. What’s really nice this flea market is inside and out of the humid and hot weather of summer. They also have enjoyable music you can listen to while walking and plenty of places to stop and eat or get refreshments if you get hungry or thirsty.
If your prefer a more open air experience when you are walking and shopping then you will want to go visit the Village at Gulfstream Park that is located at Hallandale Beach. This is a great open air shopping experience where you can walk to your hearts delight, explore different shops, enjoy good food and even enjoy some free live music every Saturday at their open air plaza.
If you would like to experience some guided tours you can find that in South Florida as well. They have several different walking tours you can join. There’s the Worth Avenue walking tour in Palm Beach. You’ll only be able to do this during the winter however. They also have what’s called Downtown Hollywood Mural Project and this is a guided tour of 16 different murals found on various buildings in Hollywood, this is given every third Saturday of the month. Broward parks offers people night hikes where your guide is a naturalist that can give you plenty of information about the area and the wildlife and plant life of the area.
So there you have, just a few of the top walking spots in South Florida. Hope that helps make planning your trip a little easier.