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Matheson Hammock Park, which also harbors the full-service Matheson Hammock Marina, offers several enticing features: Natural, native landscaping, featuring old live oaks, mangroves and palm trees. A... Read More
Matheson Hammock Park, which also harbors the full-service Matheson Hammock Marina, offers several enticing features: Natural, native landscaping, featuring old live oaks, mangroves and palm trees. A Hammock Trail (different from the main road, which some also call a trail) for a gorgeous, scenic walk that actually leads into Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Red Fish Grill, an upscale restaurant carved into an historic coral rock building, where prime dining hours are between sunset and star shine. And a man-made atoll pool that is fed by Biscayne Bay. Shallow enough for babies and attneded by a lifeguard, it's also perfect for kite-boarders because, while it's calm and gentle, stiff breezes sweep through here. A snack bar, picnic pavilions and locker/restrooms make Matheson a convenient spot for families to take in the sun and saltwater. As a bonus, there's also an awesome view of downtown from across the bay.
- Romantic Things to Do: "If you've got the budget for it, the Red Fish Grill is a restaurant hidden inside the park. It's beautiful and also a venue for weddings."
- Beaches: "If you've got kids, this is a great spot as the man-made beach is shallow and perfect for splashing in. Make a day of it and have some lunch at Red Fish first and then get some water play in."
- Best for Romantic Things to Do Because: This is one of the prettiest parks in town. Perfect for an outdoor stroll, or a picnic for two. Sunsets and city views are gorgeous.
- Best for Beaches Because: Matheson Hammock Park Beach features one of the most scenic views of any beach, putting it high on our list.