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  • Lisa C
    2 contributions
    HIDDEN GEM
    We had a BEST DAY EVER FAMILY DAY!! We decided to do the tour and our tour guy Jared was so knowledgeable and guided us on the hiking tour. We were so lucky to have such a great guy for this experience. Because that was what we got a memorable experience.
    Written 24 April 2022
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  • BarryM
    Melbourne, Australia327 contributions
    A different look at wild life. You are in the cage and the monkeys are on the outside. Highly recommend a visit.
    Written 7 August 2019
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  • jrboynemd
    Jacksonville, FL1 contribution
    I love nature so any attraction that takes me outdoors is usually a win. This destination seems to be a work in progress, some attractions being added, some under construction, some not yet opened. Lemurs are my favorite animals and I never thought I would get to touch one. The lemur encounter was well worth the price of admission and the extra charge but unless you were a crazy lemur lover you may not agree.
    Written 13 March 2020
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  • Manatee4Me
    Charlotte, NC311 contributions
    I was pleased to learn that the Simpson Park now offers naturalist-guided walks on the weekends. I think this is a great way to see the park. It was hurt by last year's Hurricane Irma, but is still worth seeing (especially for the price - it's free!).
    Written 5 September 2018
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  • MrMiamiExplorer
    Miami, FL1,284 contributions
    I had not visited this preserve in a long time, and was eager to see if it has changed. Parking and admission were free. At the front entrance there are fields for recreation as well as a butterfly garden, and a small 1 room nature center. From the outside you may expect that the nature trail is short, but I was pleasantly surprised when I was still hiking an hour later. Be very careful not to get lost while hiking and always keep an eye out for the orange paint markings on the trees to help navigate your way out as the main trail sometimes disappears and other non-marked trails split off. I followed the paint markings on the trees and still ended up going in a circle at one point before I noticed familiar surroundings. Hiking boots are best as much of the trail is touch terrain of tree roots and jagged rock. There are is also a deep solution hole that you don't want to fall into. It is amazing to think that this escape from civilization is surrounded on all sides by farms and plant nurseries. As I walked through the ancient forest I could almost imagine encountering Native Americans or the Blair Witch. We observed a lot of wildlife during the 1 hour hiking the preserve including: zebra longwing and sulfur butterflies, mockingbirds, mourning doves, grackles, red bellied woodpecker, brown & bark anole lizards, gray squirrel, cottontail rabbit, golden silk spiders, pearl spiders, tree snails, ground snails, and unfortunately lots of mosquitoes. We will return.
    Written 23 June 2016
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  • Ron S
    Weston, FL1,137 contributions
    We were at FIU for a dance competition and had some spare time and decided to take a walk though here.

    Well, we didn't want to leave. It was absolutely bucolic in there and a quiet respite and enclave in the city on this lovely campus.

    Lots of ways to go and things to see.

    Enjoy yourself and take a walk in nature.
    Written 17 January 2016
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  • MrMiamiExplorer
    Miami, FL1,284 contributions
    Though I do appreciate and admire every park, natural area, and green space in Dade County, unfortunately not a lot of care has been put into Modello Wayside Park. It is very similar to nearby Seminole Wayside Park in that it doesn't even have a parking lot or official entrance. You have to literally pull off US1 and jump the curb to park under the trees themselves. Residents that live nearby can however walk there. Just like Seminole Wayside Park, there are shaded areas for picnicking, but also trash in need of removal and homeless folks lurking about. There were also no restrooms, so the trees themselves must serve this purpose.
    Written 27 November 2015
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