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Notable Running Routes in Miami

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Miamians love to run. Miami’s tropical paradise happens to be one of the prettiest places to run in the nation for leisure. From barefoot runs through the sand to long treks inside lush, canopied parks, Miami’s got something for every level of runner. 

As temperatures cool in the evening, take a breather with one of the greatest cardio-inducing, stress-relaxing outdoor activities the Magic City has. running routes across Miami that are scenic and good for runners of all skill levels. 

Rickenbacker Causeway

Start: Alice Wainwright Park, 2845 Brickell Ave

End: Near Miami Seaquarium, 4400 Rickenbacker Causeway. For the adventurous, extend the run into Virginia Key State Park, 4020 Virginia Beach Dr.

Distance: 3 or about 3.6 miles

 

One of the most popular and scenic routes Miami has to offer. The Rickenbacker Causeway is arguably Miami’s most popular running destination area. You can get plenty of ocean views and Biscayne Bay as you run along a long, challenging path. Enjoy a nice, flat run along the Rickenbacker Causeway, starts and ends at the bus station between the Seaquarium and RSMAS. This area is referred to by locals as “Key Biscayne” but truth is it is officially known as the Rickenbacker Causeway. Besides the runner’s high you’ll experience from the views. The “big bridge” or more formally known as the William Powell Bridge will give you the highest elevation in South Florida available to runners. 

 

South Beach 

Start: South Pointe Pier

End: North Shore Open Space Park

Distance: 10 Miles 

 

These hard-packed sands provide the best viewing stage for all that is Miami and its beaches. The wide sand beach stretches for nearly ten miles from south to north. On Sunday and Friday afternoons you’ll be able to see the giant ships pulling out of port. This run is good in the mornings or afternoons, although in the afternoon you may have to dodge some of the beachgoers going home. The two best spots for running along Miami Beach is the near seamless path from 46th St. in the north to South Pointe Park, a little over 4 miles. The wooden Boardwalk runs between 23rd St. and 46th St., about 1.5 miles one way. From 23rd St. to South Beach there is a paved path, which runs mainly seamlessly along the beach except for a couple of small sections. The most beautiful part is South Point Park, which features great views of Biscayne Bay and the Miami Skyline. Tons of people and very festive. The best part of this run is that after you’re done you can go for a swim! 

 

Venetian Causeway

Start: Margaret Pace Park

End: Biscayne Blvd. 

Distance: 6.18 mi


There are several bridges and long causeways connecting the unique geography of the Miami area. The most interesting and runnable one is Venetian Causeway. The Venetian Islands were built in 1913 and feature gorgeous homes and views. Run with a 360-degree view from the bridge connecting the man-made islands that make the mileage just fly by. The sites of the multi-million-dollar homes and the yachts driving by can certainly help the mind wander. Be careful, though, because these sidewalks and bike lanes do get crowded at times due to their narrowness. Also, be prepared to take a mandatory break if the drawbridges go up to let a boat pass through. Best kept secret: Take a side route on De Lido Island (the largest of the island chain along the causeway) to see some of the most amazing and expensive homes along the water. 

 

Lummus Park Sidewalk

Start: 5 Street 

End: 14 Place

Distance: 5.28 mi

 

Named after the Lummus brothers, one of the original developers of Miami Beach, Lummus Park is part of the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. You’ve seen this area on just about every movie that has ever been shot on South Beach. Pick up this route off of 5th street and head north. This is one of Miami Beach’s largest concentrations of Coconut Palms set as a tropical curtain of sorts for the Art Deco buildings along world-famous Ocean Drive. If you take this path north you run all the way to Mid-beach up near the Blue & Green Diamond Buildings at which time you can either jump on the soft sand or make a left and head for the red sidewalk of Millionaire Row along Collins Avenue. 

 

 

Downtown Miami Bayfront/ Museum Park 

Start: 5 Street

End:14 Place

Distance: 5.28 mi


One of Miami’s newest sections of Baywalk and frankly one of the most populated areas. You can start on either end or at the loop around Brickell Key. As you come off the Brickell Key bridge you can hang a right turn and stay along the Baywalk and take it all the way back up to Brickell Avenue over the Brickell Avenue bridge. Stay on this path as it borders Biscayne Boulevard and passes Bayfront Park. After you have passed the Bayside Marketplace, you’ll cross over the entrance of Port of Miami and head past the American Airlines. After you pass the area you’ll enter Museum Park, home of the Perez Art Museum (PAMM). This is one of Miami’s newest developed parks. You can run under a double row of Royal Palm Trees and get the feel of what a finish line in the tropics feels like. I take this path all the way over to Museum Park and for fun, I like to climb the steps to the museum and make that my turnaround Rocky movie moment. The view from the PAMM gives you a great view of the Port Miami. To add some variety to the run, you can wind around some of the paths inside Bayfront Park to get some better views of Biscayne Bay and maybe even spot one of our local Dolphins swimming by