It's easy to enjoy an urban vacation in an RV when you go on a Fort Lauderdale to Miami road trip. Add less than 60 miles to your trip, and you can explore Biscayne National Park and reach the northern entrance to the Everglades National Park. Enjoy visiting two state parks, where you can have a lot of outdoor fun, as well as one historic state park. There are fascinating things to see along the way, including South Beach, the Spanish Monastery and the Venetian Pool. Your drive will take you through exciting cities like Hollywood, Aventura and Miami Beach.
You'll have to go further south on your road trip from Fort Lauderdale to Miami to reach a national park. Biscayne National Park is 32 miles south of Miami. The city is 42 miles from the northern entrance to the Everglades National Park. Use this guide to national parks to find other options to include on this or future trips.
Biscayne National Park
You can see Miami from many points in Biscayne National Park. The park is divided into three parts, but you may want to start your trip at Boca Chita Key by climbing the 65-foot tall lighthouse to get to the observation deck. Elliott Key is an excellent place to go shore fishing from anywhere on the island, except for the swimming beach. The white sandy beach is a great place to go swimming. Consider hiking on the short nature trails. The last part of the park is Adams Key, and it's a great place to go hiking through the hardwood hammocks as you'll find many scenic picnic spots.
Everglades National Park
The Everglades National Park covers more than 7,200 square miles. You'll come in by the Shark Valley Visitors Center when you enter the park from the location nearest to Miami. After viewing the educational displays, consider getting on the tram operated by a vendor at the park. The tram tour takes you to the Everglades' highest point, where you can walk to the Everglades Observation Platform to see amazing views. All along the way, your tram driver will be telling you about the things that you see, which makes it a great way to get introduced to the park. The visitors center also rents bikes so you can pedal your way through the park. At other locations in the park, you can go on guided and unguided canoeing and kayaking adventures. Since over 33% of the park is covered in water, fishing opportunities for snapper, sea trout, redfish, bass and bluegill are abundant.
Dr. Von Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park
The Dr. Von Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park near Dania Beach, Florida, is the last undeveloped coastal ecosystem in Broward County. You can bring your canoe or rent one from the park’s vendor allowing you to explore the open water or the mangrove-lined waterway. Ride a bike along the 2.5-mile road that's open to car traffic running between Dania Beach and the Port Everglades Inlet. The 2.5-mile beach opens directly onto the Atlantic Ocean, and it's a popular place to watch a variety of seabirds capture their supper. Fish from the beach for red snapper, Florida grouper, Spanish mackerel and yellowtail. Three reef systems just offshore make this a popular place to go scuba diving or go snorkeling near the beach.
Oleta River State Park
Oleta River State Park near Golden Beach, Florida, is the largest urban park in the state. Ride bikes on 15 miles of trails running through hammock and mangrove forests. Standup paddle boarding is a popular way to explore the Oleta River that bisects this state park. Biscayne Bay’s Haulover Inlet is in this park, and it makes a great spot to explore by canoe or kayak. You'll also find a swimming beach located along the bay. The beach may be the perfect spot to consider visiting other Florida state parks. Anglers often enjoy catching their limit when they fish from the shore, where the eastern boundary is the Intercoastal Waterway.
The Barnacle Historic State Park
The Barnacle house at Barnacle Historic State Park was constructed in 1890, and you can tour this traditional Coconut Grove home. The original homesteader Ralph Middletown Munroe cut only a small path through the hammock forest, and he left the rest in its natural state. That natural state still permeates this park today. You can also see replicas of Munroe’s two sailboats that were built in the 1890s. You may also want to sit for a spell on the home’s front porch to enjoy stunning views of Biscayne Bay. Each year, Florida Shakespeare Theater produces Shakespearean plays at this park. Special events often occur, especially the week before Halloween, when park rangers take guests on a ghoulish walk through the park and home.
ArtsPark at Young Circle
Take a break from your Fort Lauderdale to Miami RV road trip to check out special shows happening at ArtsPark at Young Circle in downtown Hollywood, Florida. Musicians, dancers and plays are put on at the main stage several times a month. Children adore the playground and splash pad. There's also a beautiful statue of a butterfly nearby. Glass blowing and martial arts demonstrations often occur in the Visual Arts Pavilion, where families can sometimes make their own art.
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
The Vizcaya Museum and Gardens near Biscayne Bay was originally constructed in 1916 for James Deering. This home is filled with innovations like a partially automated laundry room and a heating and air conditioning system. As you stroll through the home on a guided tour, you'll see antiques dating from 1900 to about 1000. Something is always in bloom in the European-inspired, spacious gardens surrounding this home.
South Pointe Park
South Pointe Park is a favorite of residents who prefer its quieter atmosphere to other South Beach locations. Bring your favorite park gear or stroll along the water to see amazing views of Port Miami and Fisher Island. If conditions are right, this is also a great place to watch surfers playing in the waves. Anglers love to fish off the pier at the south end of this park as well.
Ancient Spanish Monastery
Originally built in 1133 to 1140 AD in Sacramenia, Spain, this monastery was purchased by William Randolph Hearst, who had it shipped to New York City in 1925. Hearst went bankrupt, and the monastery sat in its shipping crates for 28 years before being reassembled. It was again torn down piece by piece and shipped to its current location, where it was reconstructed in 1964. You can visit this church that's now called the Church of St. Bernard de Clairvaux but that the New York Times once called the biggest jigsaw puzzle in the world.
The Venetian Pool was originally opened in 1924, and it's the only pool listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It's also the largest freshwater pool in the United States as it displaces about 820,000 gallons of water daily from underground artesian wells. The pool’s water is recycled back into the aquifer daily using natural filtration methods. It contains a diving board, grotto and water fountains.
Stroll along the boardwalk to view this city’s stunning ocean shore. Several parks are available for outdoor recreational opportunities, including Hollywood’s North Beach Park. Hollywood campground options include Topeekeegee Yugnee Park and Hollywood R.V. Park. Hollywood RV dump station options include Lake Trinity Estates and Topeekeegee Yugnee Park. You may also want to check out other nearby Miami RV dump station options.
Greynolds Park offers over 250 acres of greenspace in Aventura, Florida. Check out the schedule at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center to see live performances, attend workshops and more. Aventura campground options include Holiday RV Park and Embassy RV Park, located in nearby Hallandale Beach, Florida. Miami campgrounds are also an option. Aventura RV dump station options include Northcoast Park and Marina or Kozy Kampers RV Park in Fort Lauderdale.
Miami Beach, Florida
You may want to drive along iconic Ocean Drive in Miami Beach, stroll through the Art Deco district and explore its parks. Miami Beach campgrounds include Camp Elmore in Davie, Florida, and Pine Island Park in Homestead, Florida. You may also want to consider other Miami campgrounds. You can use RV dump stations near Miami Beach, Florida, at Larry & Penny Thompson Park & Campground or Miami Everglades Campground in Miami or check out other nearby South Florida locations.
You'll want to get to Florida as soon as possible to start this road trip itinerary from Fort Lauderdale to Miami. While there may not be many miles to cover, you can build great memories when you camp in an RV in this area. Start your adventure today by renting an RV in Fort Lauderdale or in Miami.