Palmetto Bay has earned itself the nickname the Village of Parks. The following parks make up the parks system in Palmetto Bay:
Deering Estate at Cutler - 16701 SW 72 Avenue. Follow Old Cutler Road to 168th Street where you'll see signs to this exquisite, unforgettable experience. The rustle of the palms, lapping bay water and songs of the birds will take you back to gentler times in south Florida. And to think people actually lived in this paradise. Not to be missed.
Bill Sadowski Nature Preserve - 17555 SW 79 Avenue. Just drive on 176 Street and east of 79th Avenue you'll see the entrance to the park. To the South of 176th Street lies about half of the total 30 acres, but that area is not trekkable. The walking trail is to the North. This preserve is the only facility of it's kind in the area. You can enjoy live animal exhibits in the main building, a butterfly garden, campfire ring, bird feeders, canoe rentals, monkey jungle for the kiddies, picnic tables and Eco-Adventure Tours. One super-dee-duper thing to do here is on Saturday nights. Each Saturday at 8PM, weather permitting, the Southern Cross Astronomical Society holds FREE stargazing at the outdoor observatory. Bring a lawn chair, sit back and gaze into the heavens.
Coral Reef Park - in the heart of Palmetto Bay at 7895 SW 152nd Street. Coral Reef Park is over 50 acres of open green spaces, lush landscaping and facilities available for party rentals. The curved bridge at Coral Reef has become a Palmetto Bay landmark. The C-100 canal runs through it, adding to it's appeal. The park is even better with the new addition of beach volleyball courts. Come play or just bring a pinic basket and relax.
Palmetto Bay Park - 17535 SW 95th Avenue. Formerly known as Perrine Park and sized at 5 acres, Palmetto Bay Park is now a 25-acre park facility, including a skate pavilion, basketball courts, 6 new softball fields, walking path and 2-story concession building. The park is in it's final construction phases and is presently closed. None of the facilities are available for use yet. Stay tuned for news!
Perrine Wayside Park - U.S. 1 just south of 164th Street. The original 3-acre park is getting a facelift and will become a dog-friendly park complete with ponds, specific areas for different size dogs as well as pet drinking fountains. Still under construction.
Ludovici Park - 17641 Old Cutler Road. Under development. Future site of the Palmetto Branch of the Miami-Dade Public Library System. The proposed plans call for a 5,000 SF library building and a 2,012 SF, 2-story Community Center right beside Ludovici Park, an environmentally-oriented park. The entire complex will be within walking distance of Thalatta Park.
Thalatta Park - try saying that three times fast =) 17301 Old Cutler Road. A former private residence on four acres right on Biscayne Bay. Thalatta Park is still under development as the village seeks to follow through with it's conceptual plans to add walking trails, renovations to the historic structure, landscaping, parking and other features.
If you're looking for something to do in Palmetto Bay, the parks are always an excellent choice. As one of the park managers said to me, "as long as it gets you outside, it's a good thing."
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