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Miami-Dade Lakes and Islands


Amelia Earhart Park
401 E. 65 Street, Hialeah, Florida 33013 (305) 769-2693

The five lakes at Amelia make this 515-acre park one of our largest water-based resources. You can fish in all five lakes, angle for bass, brim and mullet, and go paddle boating or canoeing on three of them. The swimming lake and beach are a popular area for a capacity crowd of 200 people. The Bill Graham Farm Village at the park even has its own Babbling Brook stocked with fish.

Larry and Penny Thompson Park
112451 SW 184 Street, Miami, Florida 33177 (305) 232-1049

Not many folks know that Larry and Penny has a beautiful 20-acre swimming lake with a waterslide and and a sandy beach for basking in the sun. It's open daily during the summer, and is fully lifeguarded.

Tropical Park
7900 SW 40 Street, Miami, Florida 33156 (305) 226-0796

Tropical, one of our largest and most complete sports oriented parks, has four separate lakes. The freshwater fishing lake is stocked with large-mouthed bass, bluegill, catfish and more, and hosts frequent fishing contests. The large swimming lake has a white sand beach, lifeguards; and is close to concession stands and restrooms.

People enjoy paddle boating on the boating lake, or racing small radio-controlled vessels. A nice surprise for visitors is the hidden lake, tucked away in a quiet corner of the park.


Pelican Island At Pelican Harbor
1275 NE 79 Street, Miami, Florida 33138
(305) 754-9330

Pelican Island, just over 400 yards offshore from the Pelican Harbor Marina, is like a large private picnic pavilion. Two enormous "chickees," or open huts with specially thatched roofs can seat 100 people each at their built-in tables and benches. Eighteen barbecue grills are scattered over the 10-acre island, with 40 picnic tables and three smaller chickees. There are horseshoe pits and a sand volleyball court, and the entire site is planted with native vegetation and flowering plants.

There's lots of bird life to see and hear, and the clear shallow water around the island abounds with small marine life. Ride Miami-Dade Parks' 35-seat "Pelican" pontoon boat over to the island on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, or charter it during the week. You can also reach the island on your own boat.

Tom Sawyer Island At Amelia Earhart Park
401 East 65 Street, Hialeah, Florida 33013
(305) 769-2693The

Tom Sawyer Island just outside the Bill Graham Farm Village at Amelia Earhart Park is truly a small child's paradise. Just an acre in size, the island draws kids like a magnet, who reach it by crossing a swinging rope bridge. Once there, crawl through a tunnel, past some rope netting (shades of Blackbeard the Pirate!) and come out to a playground full of swings and slides, a tower to climb, and a shelter to sit in. The island is fully landscaped and children can play and pretend to their heart's content. Combine it with a trip through the Farm Village with its big red barn, cows, goats and geese, for a whole day of fun to remember!