There's A Hidden Jungle Right In The Middle Of Miami's High Rises
A small jungle in the middle of the city.
When you think about parks in Miami, the first thing that probably comes to mind is a park near the water; and while there are many green areas in the city to workout and meditate at, there's one park unlike all the rest. Simpson Park Hammock is a 7.8-acre urban park and nature preserve located between Brickell and The Roads neighborhoods of Miami.
Some locals that live in Brickell don't even know about this park because it is so well hidden. It does take a little bit of walking and exploring to find this mini jungle. This natural oasis was known as Jungle Park in the early 20th century but now is currently owned by the City of Miami.
This hidden gem features tropical hammocks with a dense forest and a lot of biodiversity. The park has over 162 species of plants including 15 endangered species which include Wild Cinnamon, Yellow Boxwood, Coffee Columbia, and Silver Palm.
This once known sub-tropical jungle has been rescued by a group of people who wanted to preserve the park and now sits in the middle of Miami's metropolitan city. Once you enter the park you will notice a garden path with natural soil, a two-tiered pond northwest of the park filled with fish and turtles, and unique vegetation.
If you are looking for a peaceful workout setting away from the noise but not so far from the city, this park is one of the best you can visit. The park is free to enjoy and there is also free parking - something you rarely hear of in Miami! The park has several trails with twists and turns that will lead you to the next neighborhood. You will notice the park is not very crowded and you will probably encounter few humans on the way.
Simpson Park is located at 5 SW 17th Road Miami, FL 33129. The park is open daily from 8 am to 5 pm.