What could be better than winding down with a glass of wine, some local snacks, the ocean breeze in your hair, and a gorgeous view? Not much, in my opinion! When visiting the Magic City, it doesn’t take a wizard to make this fantasy come true. Picnic spots aren’t hard to come by here, but I wanted to share my top three favorite picnic spots in Miami to make your picnic planning as easy as possible. Since you can’t get much more 305 than an ocean view, a waterfront picnic is one of my favorite fun and cheap things to do in Miami. Keep reading for the best picnic spots in Miami and some tips on creating a locally-inspired picnic basket.
Best picnic spot in Miami: Alice Wainwright Park
When you think of the ingredients for a perfect picnic, the essentials are probably a great view, a grassy place to sit, and a barbecue. Alice Wainwright Park, just south of downtown Miami, checks all three boxes and more. With several charcoal grills (just remember to BYO charcoal), pavilions, picnic tables, a basketball court, and a big playground, this Brickell Hammock park also has incredible views of Key Biscayne.
Alice Wainwright Park is my favorite park for a barbecue because of the number of grills and the park’s large size. You can usually find an open barbecue and plenty of space to set up your picnic blanket. For bigger gatherings, you can reserve a pavilion. Kids can play on the playground while the grown-ups enjoy the view, making it a fun time for everybody!
Another great picnic area: Museum Park
Hidden behind the Perez Art Museum, Museum Park has a unique view of Biscayne Bay, the PortMiami cruise port, and the downtown Miami skyline. There are no grills here, but if you bring your own pre-cooked picnic food, you can still enjoy a delicious meal in this slice of urban green space. A late afternoon or early evening picnic is best because you can watch the cruise ships sail away, and they usually leave between 4pm and 6pm.
With awesome views and its proximity to many downtown attractions, Museum Park is definitely one of the best picnic areas in Miami. You can also spend some time at the Perez Art Museum or the Frost Science Museum before or after your picnic!
Best picnic area on Miami Beach: South Pointe Park
While South Beach is known more for its sandy beaches and vibrant nightlife than grassy parks, South Pointe Park is a gorgeous picnic spot with some incredible views. Located at the south end of the island, South Pointe has a unique vantage point with views of the Atlantic Ocean to the east and Biscayne Bay to the west. There aren’t any barbecues here, but you can bring your favorite snacks and a cooler of local beer for the perfect afternoon in the sun, without crowds of beach-goers.
The Ultimate Miami Picnic Basket
Typical Miami cuisine is best enjoyed in the sun, and preferably with an ocean breeze, so it only makes sense to bring the best of the 305 on your picnic! Here are some suggestions for the ultimate locally-inspired picnic:
- Stone crab. Only available seasonally (October to May), this rich seafood delicacy is served cold with a yummy mustard sauce. Pick some up at a fish market or grocery store, or stop by the Surf & Turf food truck in Brickell to get your stone crab to-go.
- Cuban sandwiches. Find the most Miami of sandwiches at a ventanita or cafe on nearly every block in the city.
- Zak the Baker bread with your choice of spread. Miami’s most famous carb creator started his empire in Wynwood, where his bakery (one of my favorite Miami eateries) still operates today. However, you can find ZTB bread at Whole Foods and restaurants across the county.
- Donuts from The Salty Donut. Another Wynwood essential, Salty Donut serves Miami-inspired sweets like a guava pastelito donut and a white chocolate tres leches donut.
Where is your favorite place to picnic? If you’re visiting Miami soon, or if you live here, don’t forget to pin it or share the best picnic spots in Miami with your favorite picnic companion!