|Pinecrest is a suburb of Miami, Florida. It is built on the site of the area’s first tourist attraction, Parrot Jungle and Gardens which opened in 1936. The attraction has since relocated to Watson Island and continues to operate under the name of Parrot Jungle Island. The space where it stood before is now a beautiful park known as Pinecrest Gardens.|
Pinecrest Gardens is not a huge park, covering 12.5 acres, but it makes every square foot count. The historical botanical garden is included on the National Register of Historic Places. There is a petting zoo featuring cute and cuddly animals and a butterfly exhibit that brings a brilliant splash of color to your day. Speaking of splashing, the park also includes a Splash’N’Play waterpark, which is the perfect way to cool off on a hot day. Indoor and outdoor space is available to rent for events ranging from casual to extremely formal.
Also inside the park is the Banyan Bowl, a geodesic dome that covers a 500 seat amphitheater. Musical concerts, theater performances, and dance shows are held under the dome throughout the year. Evening events are priced separately.
Other parks in Pinecrest include Flagler Grove, which has lighted soccer fields, huge playgrounds and restroom facilities. Suninland Park includes football fields, batting cages, basketball courts, and a gazebo with Wi-Fi. Veterans Wayside Park is designed for a relaxing afternoon with its quiet lake, sheltered picnic tables and open recreation areas.
Pinecrest is an excellent place to go if you are looking for fresh, local food as they have one of the largest and most popular weekly Farmer’s Markets in the area. Wayside Market is another great place to stock up, though here you will mostly find fresh juice, local produce, snacks and shakes. Old Cutler Road runs right past Wayside Market. Many travelers use this as a regular pit stop on their comings and goings. An excellent bike trail follows the road here. Another 2.5 mile jogging/biking trail follows Snapper Canal Creek on Red Road. This is the perfect trail for late night walks, as it is always kept lit.