Once the kids master the tricycle and later get accustomed to 2 wheels, they are ready for family explorations! What better way to bond with each other and encourage this new skill than by choosing some biking adventures to do together? Well maintained bicycle trails abound in the South Florida area. We have selected some of our favorite locations for an enjoyable family bike ride!
1) Hollywood Beach Bike Trail (Broward County) *Level Easy*
Riding along the Hollywood broadwalk bike trail feels like the quintessential "Florida" experience. You have the shore on one side and a bevy of shops and cafes on the other. Aside from occaisionally having to look out for the wandering pedestrian on a busy day, this trail is a relatively easy bike path for all ages! The path totals about 2.5 miles long but you can, of course, stop whenever you wish to enjoy all that Hollywood Beach has to offer. Be sure to stop off at the Charnow Park splash pad to refresh or take a dip in the Ocean! This is the best trail for a leisurely slow ride. If you have the stamina, you can continue north for miles along a route through North Beach Park onto Surf Road. Don't have a bike? Don't worry there are plenty to rent along the broadwalk, including those family cycles where all of you can fit and pedal together.
2) South Dade Rail Trail (Miami-Dade county) *Level Intermediate*
Operated by Miami Dade County Parks and Recreation, this 20 mile long asphalted trail follows the old Florida East Coast Railway Corridor, navigating through a mix of urban and rural landscapes. Perfect for cycling and inline skating enthusiasts, this trail has enough width to accommodate parallel riding, and features a host of amenities including numerous bus stops, metro rail stations, rest rooms, shopping and eateries. Stop by the Dadeland Mall or Cutler Mall on this route or take a break and ride the Metrorail for part of the way! This is an easy route but due to it's length and urban nature it is better for older more experienced riders. Learn more about this trail here.