Miami is a tropical paradise that offers many opportunities to have fun in the sun. Between the ocean and the bay and the lush trails and parks, there are many ways to stay active and fit during your visit.
Please be mindful of the heat index year-round. That’s factor that may impact your decision of doing strenuous activities like running or mountain biking. On hot days, opt to go out early in the morning or at dusk. Even when it’s cool, the impact of UV rays should never be underestimated and wearing sunblock and protective gear is a must for the enjoyment of your workout and stay. And, always stay hydrated!
All Hilton properties have an array of gym equipment, but when you visit Miami, you will want to be outside.
Whenever you say Miami you think of sandy beaches and party, but you can start or end your day in pure Zen with a session of daily sunrise or sunset yoga class on the beach. The 3rd Street Beach Yoga group gets together daily on 3rd Street.
Running on dry, loose sand is a great way to maximize your workout and protect your joints. Also, you can’t beat the scenery. You can start at any point on the long stretch of beach or follow the Miami Beach Boardwalk, a six-mile-long run that starts at Indian Beach Park at 46th Street & Collins Avenue.
Swimming is always a good idea! You could also learn how to ride a wave or paddleboard at SobeSurf. There are also public volleyball courts on 8th Street & Ocean Drive.
If you’re a cyclist, you may enjoy a fun challenge at the Rickenbacker Causeway in Key Biscayne. This bridge is one of the most elevated points in Miami. It’s not only a great way to workout, it also treats you to amazing bay, Brickell and downtown views. It’s a good idea to pack a swimsuit since you can bike the full length of the island ending at the lighthouse where you can take a dip in the beautiful water.
While in the area, you may want to try your hand at windsurfing at Hobie Beach, where there’s a concessionary with SUP, kayak and other aquatic activities. The most intrepid can kayak to Vizcaya Gardens, not an easy feat with the distance and open bay crossing.
But if your main thing is mountain biking you may want to try the trails at Oleta State Park, with more than 11 miles of trails. There are some trails for beginners and three miles of paved trails, which are also great for rollerblading. Since this is South Florida, you will never be too far from the water. At Oleta you can rent kayaks and canoes to explore the mangroves and Biscayne Bay.
Lots of Miami parks have equipment to squeeze in a little strength routine during your visit with a grown-up playground atmosphere and great views.
David T. Kennedy Park, in Coconut Grove, is very popular with locals and visitors with an expansive bayfront green space. You can jog among the trees and water views on a low impact rubber asphalt running track. There are also calisthenic exercise stations and a resistance-based gym area to round out your workout routine. Since you’ve been so good, you must treat yourself to a frosted lemonade from the popular A.C.’s Icees, which has had a stand in the park’s parking lot since 1978.
Want to adhere to your yoga practice but the beach is too far? Every evening Bayfront Park, in the middle of downtown, offers a free yoga class. And on select days you can ‘om’ at the neighboring Maurice Ferré Park. On Tuesdays José A. Martí Park, in Little Havana, offers a class.