North Miami covers a large area of greater Miami running from NW17th Ave. to Biscayne Bay and from 149th St. in the north to 121st St. in the south. It is home to Johnson & Wales University, the Biscayne Bay Campus of Florida International University, and the Oleta River State Park. It is also home to the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Miami Auto Museum, and the Arch Creek Park. Housing varies from single-family homes to high-rise apartments and condominiums.
Within the area, you should have no problem finding pet care, pet supply stores, and many different restaurants serving amazing ethnic cuisine. North Miami is also host to several parks. Imagine being able to host a barbecue for Christmas and then spending the rest of the day on the beach. With temperatures at this time of year in the upper 70s, the beach is the perfect place to host your next Christmas party!
North Miami is a blend of densely populated residential areas, homes on the water, colleges, and businesses. The base terrain here is flat. While this may not seem to present much of a challenge for you and your pup, there is another way to look at it. Take it as a challenge to find new ways to make your strolls exciting such as adding in more blocks, taking in one of the many parks dotting the community, or heading to the Oleta River State Park!
The majority of the residential area roads have sidewalks with grass berms for your pup to do their business on instead of the scorching hot pavement. As a reminder, during the summer months, the sidewalk here can reach temperatures in the range of 140°F which is hot enough to severely burn sensitive paws. Stick to walking in the early morning hours while the pavement is still cool to the touch.
There are several parks within North Miami for you and your pooch to check out. Most are smaller parks with some form of athletic fields such as tennis or basketball courts, baseball fields, and children's play equipment. However, even a smaller park should have enough grass for your pup to romp around on and stretch their legs.
By far, the largest of the parks is the Oleta River State Park covering ,1043 acres at the headwaters of the Oleta River. This park features 15 miles of trails for you to hike on, bike on, or take your pup for a walk on. The trails range from those for novices to those intended for the serious cyclists. Enjoy swimming from the 1,200-foot beach or drop a line and do a little saltwater fishing in the bay. Come for a walk and stay for the day, relaxing in the shade of the mangrove forest.