If you’re here for a while and want to get a bigger taste for South Florida, or you’re looking for spots to hit on your way in and out of town, there are plenty of options. These are the five most fun excursions you can take from Miami Beach.

Oleta River State Park

This is Florida’s largest urban park, and it’s located just north of metropolitan Miami. Sandy beaches with calm waters perfect for kayaking and canoeing make this a peaceful escape from the fun of Miami Beach. Head up for a day-hike, some fishing, a picnic, or even a post-SoBe camping trip!

Oleta River State Park. 3400 163rd St. North Miami Beach, FL.

The Everglades

Miami Beach is within a couple hours of the everglades, and the city is stocked with enticing day-trip tours for visitors. One of our favorites, offered by The Miami Tour Company, combines an Art Deco tour of Miami Beach with a Cuban-American lunch and an afternoon trip to Everglades National Park for an airboat ride and wildlife show.

Miami Tour Company. Miami Beach, FL. (305) 260-6855

Key West

A few hours south of Miami Beach, Key West is the southernmost point of the United States, and a famously laid back beach destination. A longer tour, the Key West daytrip is popular amongst tourists who want to get a glimpse of the famous island city. This trip includes a drive over 43 bridges and 31 islands, a visit to Ernest Hemingway’s old home, and a ride in a glass-bottom boat.

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park

Just a 40-minute drive south of The Winter Haven Hotel and Miami Beach, Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park sits on some pretty real estate on the southern tip of Key Biscayne. In addition to its gorgeous, uncrowded beaches, the park is also home to a historic lighthouse, biking trails, and a couple restaurants.

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park. 1200 Crandon Blvd. Key Biscayne, FL. (305) 361-5811

The Bahamas

Believe it or not, when you come to Miami Beach, you’re just a two-hour boat trip away from the Bahamas. While it might seem crazy to take a trip to the Bahamas while on a trip to Miami, it’s really not. For as low as $49.50, you can take a daytrip Freeport Harbor in the Bahamas, where beaches, parks, and culture await.