Arch Creek Park and Museum is located in the city of North Miami just west of Biscayne Blvd. This historic park was once inhabited by several Native American tribes that lived in ancient Florida. The oldest known tribe, the now extinct Tequesta, once made this natural stone arch their base along a popular native trail. Artifacts from these ancient peoples were discovered on the property and preserved in a small museum along with objects left by early Florida pioneers. The park is small, shaded and has beautiful flora and fauna. Make sure to stop by the butterfly garden and the animal sanctuary.
Arch Creek Park offers special opportunities for learning and exploring. Naturalists offer tours of the park and can point out many diverse animals, insects and trees that are native to Florida. Ghost Tours are offered every Wednesday and on Saturday you can reserve a spot on a Historic Nature Walk. Call to reserve. The Miami-Dade county sponsored Eco-Adventure Tours runs several interesting programs at Arch Creek Park. You can find out more about current offerings, schedule, and prices through their website. If you do not have time for a formal program, the park is small enough to manage on your own. Take a walk down the nature trail or bring a picnic to enjoy at one of the park's picnic shelters. Restrooms are on site.
The City of North Miami manages the adjacent park, Enchanted Forest Elaine Gordon Park, which offers a 22-acre natural area with trails and vistas. There is also a private pony ride vendor that has been operating on the park property for decades. The two parks are connected and can both be easily enjoyed on the same visit.
The park is closed Mondays & Tuesdays, otherwise hours are 9am to 5pm.