The home of a lighthouse built in 1825 and reconstructed in 1846, Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park is not just a place you go to if you want to swim. It is a destination with complete amenities and various recreational pursuits to offer visitors. The lighthouse has two guided tours, one starting at 10 AM and another beginning at 1 PM from Thursday to Monday.
The views are stunning at the top of the lighthouse, so remember to take plenty of photos and perhaps even a selfie or two. With such a truly gorgeous place, it would be a sin not to take a single picture. If you dabble in photography, remember to bring your camera.
Summer is the season for sea turtles, and these beautiful creatures come to the shore and lay their eggs. The park rangers will usually place yellow “crime scene” type tapes around them for protection and the prevention of people from stepping on them.
There are generally at least 100 nests on the beach. The park is natural and over 20 years ago when South Florida was devastated by hurricane Andrew, the state decided to close the park and removed non-native plants, leaving only native plant communities.
The Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park has a paved bike path that is about 1.5 miles long, and there are also unpaved roads where you can cycle easily. Riding through the various roadways is very easy because the terrain is entirely flat. There are some parts which will take you beneath trees and offer you excellent views of Biscayne Bay.
The state park is rated as one of the top ten places in America for migratory bird watching. Fall migration from mid-August to the end of October is something to behold. Visitors can check with the Tropical Audubon Society for their scheduled trips. Dogs are more than welcome in the Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, but they have to remain a leash.
Pet parents can go swimming with their furbabies on the way to Key Biscayne with a little stop on the Rickenbacker Causeway at Hobie Beach. This happens to be the only place in Miami which allows pooches to swim legally, so take advantage of the opportunity.