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Accessible Recreation

Barefoot Beach State Preserve
Butterfly Rainforest
Caloosa Park
Centennial Park
Collier-Seminole State Park
Crandon Park Beach
Deerfield Island Park
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Flagler Museum
Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail
Gardens of Crandon Park
Green House Bazaar
Halpatiokee Park
Hammock Road Trail
Hickey's Creek Mitigation Park
John Prince Park
Kirby Storter Roadside Park
Lake Shore Park
Larry and Penny Thompson Memorial Park
Legacy Trail Bike Trail
Lighthouse Cove Adventure Golf
Little Econ Greenway
Loblolly Woods Nature Park
Mounts Botanical Garden
Oasis Visitor Center
Okeeheelee Nature Center
Okeeheelee Park
Old Trail Park
Picower Super Park
Pinecrest Gardens
Riverbend Park
Royal Palm Beach Commons
Seminole Palms Park
Stuart Riverwalk
Tiger Shark Cove Playground
Wakodahatchee Wetlands
Windy Point Park
Yamato Scrub Natural Area

South Florida Accessible Recreation

Many South Florida parks and activities have been designed to be accessible to everyone. Since there doesn't seem to be any good list as to exact which parks are and which aren't, we are now maintaining this new list of accessible parks in South Florida. Some parks may only have paved trails, others may have wheelchair-accessible playground equipment - we will make note of what offerings are available inside of each park's article. We hope that you enjoy this new list.

Pinecrest Gardens

Pinecrest Gardens

I honestly can't believe that I haven't written about Pinecrest Gardens before! I was there many times when it was Parrot Jungle (founded in 1936!), and the gardens themselves were just as interesting as the birds. Parrot Jungle (now Jungle Island) moved to an Watson Island on the MacArthur Causeway in 2002, leaving the historic gardens behind. The property was soon purchased by the Village of Pinecrest, and turned into a public park. The grounds of Pinecrest Gardens are truly amazing, with varied and beautiful plants all around the nature paths carved through the original coral. Solution holes filled with water and fish are scattered throughout the park. The trees and plants are native and astounding. There are still remnants of the old Parrot Jungle, and that's part of the fun, trying to remember what animals and birds were housed where. Also, there are now signs at some chosen sites, with QR codes to scan for an audio description of the area. Originally, admission to the gardens was free of charge, and there were no amenities aside from restrooms. Now, there is a splash park for the kids, a petting zoo (wasn't real impressed with the condition of the animals, sadly), and snack stands. I'll be honest, I preferred it when it was still just a plain botanic garden, but I do understand the need to attract guests. A visit won't take a full day, but it's definitely worth a stop if you're in the area - we went after visiting Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. There was a farmer's market happening in the parking lot on the day we visited - it's a weekly Sunday event - and there are other events and entertainment throughout the year. Pinecrest Gardens is open from 10AM to 5PM Monday through Friday, and 9AM to 5PM on weekends, with hours extended until 6PM during the spring and summer. General admission is $5, seniors get in for $3, and members of the military visit free. (Pinecrest Gardens continued)

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Pinecrest Gardens (Miami)
I honestly can't believe that I haven't written about Pinecrest Gardens before! I was there many times when it was Parrot Jungle (founded in 1936!), and the gar...
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (Miami)
2016 Update It's been at least 15 years since I was last at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, and the majesty and beauty of the place have only grown...
Lighthouse Cove Adventure Golf (Jupiter)
Lighthouse Cove Adventure Golf has been around for a year or so, but I just finally got to visit in November of 2015. There aren't a whole lot of miniature gol...
Riverbend Park (Jupiter)
2014 Update The enhancements to Riverbend Park have been completed for a while now, and we've been there a few times with our bikes. There are about ...
Royal Palm Beach Commons (Royal Palm Beach)
I'll admit, I was pretty surprised when I visited Royal Palm Beach Commons in Royal Palm Beach. I was honestly expecting some thing much smaller, along the lin...
Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail (Gainesville)
Over Memorial Day weekend this year my husband and I traveled to Gainesville specifically for one thing: to ride our bicycles down the Gainesville-Hawthorne Sta...
Butterfly Rainforest (Gainesville)
Butterfly Rainforest - the name pretty much says it all! When you step through the doors, you enter a lush, tropical setting and are pretty much completely sur...
Little Econ Greenway (Orlando)
My husband and I were at a pinball convention in Orlando in late July, and before heading home we stopped at Little Econ Greenway for a bike ride. Little Econ ...
Loblolly Woods Nature Park (Gainesville)
During a recent trip to Gainesville my husband and I, scouting out trails to ride our bikes and in search of the Hogtown Creek Greenway, stopped at Loblolly Woo...
Legacy Trail Bike Trail (Venice)
Legacy Trail is a biking path that runs between Sarasota and Venice on Florida's west coast. It's a "Rail-Trail", built along the path of an old railroad track...

 


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