• BEST BEACH OF 2015!!
    BEST BEACH OF 2015!!
    Virginia Key Beach Park is the anti-South Beach. There are neither hundreds of sexy bodies nor blaring nightclubs. There's not even a huge expanse of sand. There are, though, some of the best ocean and bay views anywhere. This is a surprisingly tranquil space for barbecues, social gatherings, and an abundance of watersports like kayaking and paddleboarding.
  • Annual Sunrise Ancestral Remembrance of the Middle Passage Ceremony
    Annual Sunrise Ancestral Remembrance of the Middle Passage Ceremony
    Join us for the Annual Sunrise Ancestral Remembrance of the Middle Passage Ceremony at Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, Sunday, June 21st, 2015 at 5:30am – 8:00am. Free vehicle entry and open to the before 7:00am
  • Grand Opening For Historic Hampton House,  May 8th, 2015, 11:00 a.m.
    Grand Opening For Historic Hampton House, May 8th, 2015, 11:00 a.m.
    Attend the Grand Opening of the Historic Hampton House, “the Jewel of the South,” May 8, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the Historic Hampton House, 4240 N. W. 27th avenue. Admission is free. Frequent visitors were Joe Louis, Jackie Robinson, Althea Gibson, Ray Charles, Patti LaBelle, Stevie Wonder, Lena Horne, Milton Berle, Sam Cook, Berry Gordy, Frank Sinatra, James Brown, Nat King Cole, Nina Simone, and many others.
  • Cars 2 Go at the Beach!
    Cars 2 Go at the Beach!
    Car2Go arrives at Historic Virginia Key Beach Park allowing visitors to experience “Paradise Renewed.” Car2Go users never pay the vehicle entry fee to visit the beautiful and natural Historic Beach Park; try it! http://miami.car2go.com/
  • EARTH MONTH 2015
    EARTH MONTH 2015
    The University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) introduced the “HOP” HELICOPTER OBSERVATION PLATFORM at Historic Virginia Key Beach Park; A one-of-a-kind flying scientific laboratory to collect critical environmental information
  • EARTH MONTH 2015
    EARTH MONTH 2015
    Guy Forchion, Director, Virginia Key Beach Park Trust (far left) and Steven Pearson, President, TREEmendous Miami (3rd from left) pose with two volunteers from We Are Nature during the Nature Conservancy’s “Connect With Nature” event at Historic Virginia Key Beach Park.
  • Our Wetlands Boardwalk
    Our Wetlands Boardwalk
    Ideal for early morning sunrise, afternoon bike rides or a simple stroll. You're welcome to join us
  • Our History
    Our History
    Cultural history in a backdrop of environmental beauty make visits to the beach park special and unique.
  • A historical space.
    A historical space.
    A historical space of beauty, flora and fauna. The perfect venue for a family fun filled day at the beach and park.
  • HVKBP Celebrates 70 Years
    HVKBP Celebrates 70 Years
    August 1, 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, this special beach located on Virginia Key, known as “Bears Cut” became an official “colored only” recreation site as a direct response to a bold protest, led by the late Judge Thomas.
  • Our Mission
    Our Mission
    Our mission is to carry forward the vision for the development and use of Virginia Key Beach Park, promoting and maintaining absolute public ownership and access, fostering its perpetuation as a passive open green-space that includes nature trails, recreational facilities and museum structures appropriate and compatible with the nature of Virginia Key; preserving it as a valuable resource to be enjoyed for posterity, and to honor the rich historical legacy of the social and civil rights history of South Florida.
  • Habitat Restoration
    Habitat Restoration
    Visit the natural mangrove habitat restoration project at Virginia Key Beach Park! The mangroves provide a habitat for the abundant and diverse sea-life of Biscayne Bay.
  • Picnics, Entertainment & Weddings
    Picnics, Entertainment & Weddings
    A variety venues are available to rent for private socials, retreats, weddings or can be reserved by corporate meeting planners, event promoters and film crews. The Historic Beach Park maintains a robust calendar of public events, recreational activities and festivals. We welcome all communities to visit this public park and enjoy our facilities and natural surroundings.
  • History
    History
    The park is full of historic features; enjoy our historic mini train and carousel amusement rides.
  • The Best of South Florida
    The Best of South Florida
    With picnic areas, beautiful natural beach fronts, pavilions, playgrounds and many more facilities Historic Virginia Key Beach Park provides the best South Florida has to offer. Come spend your day off at Historic Virginia Key Beach Park!
  • Park - Picnics & Events
    Park - Picnics & Events
    Have your picnics or you small or large event at Virginia Key Beach Park. We’ll provide the facilities, you provide the fun!
  • Rest & Relaxation Awaits
    Rest & Relaxation Awaits
    Enjoy quiet mornings at Historic Virginia Key Beach Park
  • Kids Activities
    Kids Activities
    The boundless playground at the Historic Beach Park offers fun and access to all kids.
  • BEST BEACH OF 2015!!
  • Annual Sunrise Ancestral Remembrance of the Middle Passage Ceremony
  • Grand Opening For Historic Hampton House, May 8th, 2015, 11:00 a.m.
  • Cars 2 Go at the Beach!
  • EARTH MONTH 2015
  • EARTH MONTH 2015
  • Our Wetlands Boardwalk
  • Our History
  • A historical space.
  • HVKBP Celebrates 70 Years
  • Our Mission
  • Habitat Restoration
  • Picnics, Entertainment & Weddings
  • History
  • The Best of South Florida
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    BEST BEACH OF 2015 – Virginia Key Beach Park

    Virginia Key Beach Park is the anti-South Beach. There are neither hundreds of sexy bodies nor blaring nightclubs. There’s not even a huge expanse of sand. There are, though, some of the best ocean and bay views anywhere. This is a surprisingly tranquil space for barbecues, social gatherings, and an abundance of watersports like kayaking and paddleboarding.

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    SUNRISE CEREMONY REMEMBERS ANCESTORS, LINKS ANNIVERSARIES

    One of South Florida’s most meaningful traditions continues on Sunday morning, June 21, from 5:30-8:00 a.m., when the 24th Annual Sunrise Ancestral Remembrance of the Middle Passage ceremony will be held at Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, 4020 Virginia Beach Drive, off Rickenbacker Causeway (toll road), in Miami (33149).    The annual grass-roots observance, which […]

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    Miami’s Historic Virginia Key Beach Park: How It All Began and Its Importance Today

    The Miami Herald of May 10, 1945, carried the following article, under the headline “NO ARRESTS: Negroes Test Beach Rights At Haulover”:
    A group of negroes [sic] testing their right to use county owned bathing beaches trooped up to Baker’s haulover area Wednesday afternoon to splash in the surf off the proposed county park.

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    Connect With Nature a huge success

    Historic Virginia Key Beach Park on the island of Virginia Key was the site of the Nature Conservancy’s annual Connect With Nature community and volunteer event Saturday, April 11th.  Each year the Nature Conservancy holds Connect With Nature in a Florida location to galvanize community support and interaction for environmental stewardship in unique and important […]

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