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This group is about outdoor activities - kayak, standup paddleboarding, mountain bike, or hiking/running. All events are held at nearby parks.

Our most popular events are our is the night time paddling during the Full Moon, Sunset Paddles, Manatee vieweing trips in the winter and spring, and bioluminescent paddles all summer. Special events are always in the mix with Fireworks Viewing on July 4th and New Year's Eve. Hold your birthday party outdoors! It's fun and catering is available too.

With the best Mountain Bike Trail on Virginia Key we teach riding skills from beginners to advanced. Or come by for a bike repair clinic. Our certified mechanics offer tune-ups at a great rate. Ride, drop it off, pick it up in a day or two, and ride again!

Great way to enjoy the outdoors. Outdoor adventurers of all levels are welcome! We invite all walks of life and especially those that can share their travel stories. All trips are staffed by professionally trained tour guides. The Meetups are open to the public. Most members do not have their own gear and can rent from Virginia Key Outdoor Center (http://www.vkoc.net).

Advance registration (online at www.vkoc.net) are required on all events. Even FREE events we appreciate you sign up first.

So come enjoy the great outdoors.

Upcoming events (4+)

VKOC - Guided Day Time Nature Hike

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Maximize your time on Virginia Key by embarking on one of our day time or evening hikes with one of our expert guides. Learn about the amazing natural and cultural history of the area. See unique features and visit secret spots that you'd be unlikely to notice or find without a guide. Enjoy the assurance that comes with hiking with one of our guides who know the area's weather, terrain, and wildlife.

RSVP at https://www.vkoc.net/nature-hikes

# Trails

Mabel Fentress Miller Walking Trail offers a means to relax for a while and get in touch with nature. This is a 1.5 mile trail loop and is ideal for beginners and small children. The Mabel Fentress Miller Walking Trail is a shaded walk through a coastal hammock with soft sandy trails in some parts and beautiful ocean views.
Virginia Key Bicycle Trails offers over 9 miles of trails. The guided hike will only cover 2 miles worth of trails. Some parts of the trails are shaded and very rocky. There is a decent amount of elevation and depending on the specific trail we walk through, there may be moments were participants may have to get on and off wooden features such as ramps and stairs.
The Jimbo Trail is an unmarked trail that begins across the street from the Virginia Key Outdoor Center. Depending on the tides, portions of this trail may be underwater. Participants can expect to walk through shallow water and witness a thriving mangrove ecosystem up close. This trail eventually connects to the north point beach and participants will have an excellent view of the Miami Skyline and the port of Miami. This trail route is 2 miles long and has uneven terrain in certain areas and parts of the trail have soft sand.

# Price & Inclusion

Join any of our daytime guided nature hikes for $15.
Park admission is waived, all you have to do is show your reservation at the gate house. We include one free water bottle.
We host a monthly Full Moon Hike & Bonfire for $25/per person. it includes a 2-hour Guided Hike, Bonfire, Marshmallows, and a bottle of water.

# What Should I Bring?

  • A happy demeanor :-)
  • Binoculars are highly rrecommended for birding
  • Sunscreen
  • Closed Toed Shoes you don’t mind getting dirty or wet
  • Headlamp for night time hikes
  • Bug Spray
  • A small book bag
  • Nutritional Snack (A energy bar - we sell cliff, lune, and kind bars on site)
  • Reusable Water Bottle
  • A hat
  • Sunglasses

# When and Where do We Meet?

Meet at Virginia Key Outdoor Center, 3801 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami, FL 33149. Please arrive at least 20-minutes before your event start time. Late arrivals are non-refundable.
Virginia Key Outdoor Center
3801 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, FL 33149
VKOC has private bathrooms (that are stocked), outdoor showers, and a snack and souvenir shop on-premises.
For detailed directions visit vkoc.net/directions

# Private Tours

VKOC offers private and group events. Whether a romantic evening for two, a family outing, or a group celebration we have a package for you. For help booking your group please contact us at [masked]

RSVP at https://www.vkoc.net/nature-hikes

Miami's Best Sunset Kayak & Paddle board Tour

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Come across our Magic city! Join us as we chase down the sun and catch the ocean's breeze. Launch with us from our serene lagoon and take a trip to the beach or raft up and float as the sun sets behind Miami’s stunning skyline. Come out and enjoy twilight setting the sky aflame as we get up close and personal with nature. The sun splendors as we launch and the dusk engulfs the city when we return. Lights are required as nightfall hits during our paddle. Lights are provided for our journey. No lights, no paddle, it’s the law. If you bring your own, you must bring a bright white light that can be used to signal other vessels.

RSVP @ https://www.vkoc.net/sunset-paddle

TIME & PLACE:
Meet at Virginia Key Outdoor Center, 3801 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami, FL 33149. Please arrive at least 30-minutes prior to your event start time. Late arrivals are non-refundable.

**PARKING: **
Parking is FREE for event participants in the VKOC lot.
***ARRIVE at least 30-minutes prior to event start time. ***

**DIFFICULTY: **
This paddle is suitable for experienced beginners. Conditions will determine length and final route. Not recommended for first-time paddle boarding or kayaking. We will paddle at a leisurely pace.

**DESTINATION: **
Final destination and route are subject to weather. The lagoon is always sheltered, and the creek is calm. We'll paddle to Norris Cut and either the beach side or the port. Both are spectacular at night. It will be dark so please, stay together.
***Drinks, snacks, insect repellent, and lights are available from at the park store. ***

**RENTALS: **
Kayaks, Paddleboards, and Surf Skis are available for rent. Advanced reservations are required. If you are attempting to book onsite you must arrive at least an hour early.

CAN I BRING MY OWN KAYAK/BOARD/CANOE?
Yes, you can! Please be sure to RSVP ahead of time by selecting the BYOB option. All crafts are required to have a coastguard-approved light. Each person on the craft must have a lifejacket accessible to them. Children are REQUIRED by law to have them all. Lights and Lifejackets are required for these paddles. No lights/lifejackets, no paddle, it's the law. All BYOBs must be set up by the launch at least 20 minutes prior to the start time.

**GROUPS AND PRIVATE TOURS: **
VKOC offers private and group events. Whether a romantic evening for two, a family outing, or a group celebration we have a package for you. For help booking your group please contact us at [masked]

**WHAT'S INCLUDED: **
ALL Rentals include your selected equipment, paddle, safety equipment, life jacket, light, and guide.
If you bring your own boat or board you MUST have your life jacket, audible signal device. Each boat or board must have a light as required by the US Coast Guard requirement for all crafts on the water at night. Equipment must be seaworthy and free of dangerous defects.

**WHAT TO BRING: **
Bring any comfort items you may need, a towel, bug spray (just in case, it is Florida), maybe a change of clothes. If you left it behind, we probably have it available in our shop.

**FACILITIES: **
VKOC has private bathrooms (that are stocked), outdoor showers, and a snack and souvenir shop on-premises. You are welcome to hang out after the paddle and share our grill, have a drink, etc. Good music is always welcome.

QUESTIONS?
Please call us at[masked] or by email at [masked]
RSVP @ https://www.vkoc.net/sunset-paddle

VKOC - Guided Day Time Nature Hike

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Maximize your time on Virginia Key by embarking on one of our day time or evening hikes with one of our expert guides. Learn about the amazing natural and cultural history of the area. See unique features and visit secret spots that you'd be unlikely to notice or find without a guide. Enjoy the assurance that comes with hiking with one of our guides who know the area's weather, terrain, and wildlife.

RSVP at https://www.vkoc.net/nature-hikes

# Trails

Mabel Fentress Miller Walking Trail offers a means to relax for a while and get in touch with nature. This is a 1.5 mile trail loop and is ideal for beginners and small children. The Mabel Fentress Miller Walking Trail is a shaded walk through a coastal hammock with soft sandy trails in some parts and beautiful ocean views.
Virginia Key Bicycle Trails offers over 9 miles of trails. The guided hike will only cover 2 miles worth of trails. Some parts of the trails are shaded and very rocky. There is a decent amount of elevation and depending on the specific trail we walk through, there may be moments were participants may have to get on and off wooden features such as ramps and stairs.
The Jimbo Trail is an unmarked trail that begins across the street from the Virginia Key Outdoor Center. Depending on the tides, portions of this trail may be underwater. Participants can expect to walk through shallow water and witness a thriving mangrove ecosystem up close. This trail eventually connects to the north point beach and participants will have an excellent view of the Miami Skyline and the port of Miami. This trail route is 2 miles long and has uneven terrain in certain areas and parts of the trail have soft sand.

# Price & Inclusion

Join any of our daytime guided nature hikes for $15.
Park admission is waived, all you have to do is show your reservation at the gate house. We include one free water bottle.
We host a monthly Full Moon Hike & Bonfire for $25/per person. it includes a 2-hour Guided Hike, Bonfire, Marshmallows, and a bottle of water.

# What Should I Bring?

  • A happy demeanor :-)
  • Binoculars are highly rrecommended for birding
  • Sunscreen
  • Closed Toed Shoes you don’t mind getting dirty or wet
  • Headlamp for night time hikes
  • Bug Spray
  • A small book bag
  • Nutritional Snack (A energy bar - we sell cliff, lune, and kind bars on site)
  • Reusable Water Bottle
  • A hat
  • Sunglasses

# When and Where do We Meet?

Meet at Virginia Key Outdoor Center, 3801 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami, FL 33149. Please arrive at least 20-minutes before your event start time. Late arrivals are non-refundable.
Virginia Key Outdoor Center
3801 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, FL 33149
VKOC has private bathrooms (that are stocked), outdoor showers, and a snack and souvenir shop on-premises.
For detailed directions visit vkoc.net/directions

# Private Tours

VKOC offers private and group events. Whether a romantic evening for two, a family outing, or a group celebration we have a package for you. For help booking your group please contact us at [masked]

RSVP at https://www.vkoc.net/nature-hikes

VKOC - Guided Day Time Nature Hike

Needs a location

Maximize your time on Virginia Key by embarking on one of our day time or evening hikes with one of our expert guides. Learn about the amazing natural and cultural history of the area. See unique features and visit secret spots that you'd be unlikely to notice or find without a guide. Enjoy the assurance that comes with hiking with one of our guides who know the area's weather, terrain, and wildlife.

RSVP at https://www.vkoc.net/nature-hikes

# Trails

Mabel Fentress Miller Walking Trail offers a means to relax for a while and get in touch with nature. This is a 1.5 mile trail loop and is ideal for beginners and small children. The Mabel Fentress Miller Walking Trail is a shaded walk through a coastal hammock with soft sandy trails in some parts and beautiful ocean views.
Virginia Key Bicycle Trails offers over 9 miles of trails. The guided hike will only cover 2 miles worth of trails. Some parts of the trails are shaded and very rocky. There is a decent amount of elevation and depending on the specific trail we walk through, there may be moments were participants may have to get on and off wooden features such as ramps and stairs.
The Jimbo Trail is an unmarked trail that begins across the street from the Virginia Key Outdoor Center. Depending on the tides, portions of this trail may be underwater. Participants can expect to walk through shallow water and witness a thriving mangrove ecosystem up close. This trail eventually connects to the north point beach and participants will have an excellent view of the Miami Skyline and the port of Miami. This trail route is 2 miles long and has uneven terrain in certain areas and parts of the trail have soft sand.

# Price & Inclusion

Join any of our daytime guided nature hikes for $15.
Park admission is waived, all you have to do is show your reservation at the gate house. We include one free water bottle.
We host a monthly Full Moon Hike & Bonfire for $25/per person. it includes a 2-hour Guided Hike, Bonfire, Marshmallows, and a bottle of water.

# What Should I Bring?

  • A happy demeanor :-)
  • Binoculars are highly rrecommended for birding
  • Sunscreen
  • Closed Toed Shoes you don’t mind getting dirty or wet
  • Headlamp for night time hikes
  • Bug Spray
  • A small book bag
  • Nutritional Snack (A energy bar - we sell cliff, lune, and kind bars on site)
  • Reusable Water Bottle
  • A hat
  • Sunglasses

# When and Where do We Meet?

Meet at Virginia Key Outdoor Center, 3801 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami, FL 33149. Please arrive at least 20-minutes before your event start time. Late arrivals are non-refundable.
Virginia Key Outdoor Center
3801 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, FL 33149
VKOC has private bathrooms (that are stocked), outdoor showers, and a snack and souvenir shop on-premises.
For detailed directions visit vkoc.net/directions

# Private Tours

VKOC offers private and group events. Whether a romantic evening for two, a family outing, or a group celebration we have a package for you. For help booking your group please contact us at [masked]

RSVP at https://www.vkoc.net/nature-hikes

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