If you want to leave the tall buildings and cars behind, come and spend some time in this fascinating park
A nature haven in the middle of the city
Would you like to find out what Florida was like before the arrival of the first explorers? If so, head for this incredibly interesting park, not far from the financial district of Brickell. It’s hard to believe but just set foot in the park and it will take you, in the blink of an eye, from the noise and the asphalt of the city to the wildest regions of a tropical forest. The park was created in 1913, at the request of a group of citizens and ecologists who wanted to rescue a natural area and show there the original flora and fauna of the area. Simpson Park Hammock is a stretch of woodland that recreates what this land was like hundreds of years ago. So you don't get lost amidst the trees and other plants, there is a footpath which you have to follow (be careful! It is quite labyrinthine!). Each tree has a sign giving information about the tree, making the visit more educational and, en route, there are several benches where you can sit down and enjoy the purity of nature.... in the centre of the city.