(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- This year celebrate Valentine's Day with Miami-Dade Parks! A variety of romantic, outdoor programs will be held at the Deering Estate at Cutler, Arch Creek Park, Castellow Hammock Park and Crandon Park.
DEERING ESTATE AT CUTLER
16701 SW 72 Avenue, Miami
305-235-1668 ext. 233
Sunday, February 10, 2013, 7:30 am - 11 am
Sunrise Canoe Tour
Enjoy the early morning sunrise and canoe to Chicken Key, a seven-acre mangrove island which lies one mile off shore of the Deering Estate.
Cost: $30 for adults - $20 for children (ages 9-14). Space is limited. Please call 305-235-1668 ext. 233.
Sunday, February 10, 2013, 2 pm - 4 pm (please arrive at 1:30 pm)
Explore the waters of Biscayne Bay onboard the ''Pelican Island Skipper'' and learn about the birds, sea mammals, Native American and early pioneers of the area.
Cost: $35 per person. Space is limited. Please call 305-235-1668 ext. 233.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 7 pm - 9 pm
View the woods and its wildlife as it comes to life at night! Listen for great horned owls and eastern screech-owls.
Cost: $12 for adults - $7 for children (ages 9 - 14). Please call 305-235-1668 ext. 233.
Thursday, February 14, 2013, Gate opens at 7 pm Concert at 8 pm
''Moonlight & Music'' Valentine's Day Concert
Celebrate your love at a romantic outdoor concert under the starts, on the edge of Biscayne Bay! Featuring world-class singer, guitarist and songwriter Allan Harris.
Cost: $20 per person. Tickets available online for an additional fee or call 305-235-1668 ext. 233.
Sunday, February 17, 2013, 7 pm - 10:30 pm
Sunset Canoe Tour
As the sun goes down, canoe to Chicken Key, a seven-acre mangrove island which lies one mile off shore of the Deering Estate.
Cost: $40 for adults (ages 18 - older). Space is limited. Please call 305-235-1668 ext. 233.
ARCH CREEK PARK
1855 NE 135 Street, North Miami
Sunday, February 10, 2013, 10 am - 12:30 pm
Oleta River Canoe Tour
The beauty of the Oleta River has drawn man to its shore for centuries. Relive the river's historic past as you explore this natural haven for wading birds, osprey, fish and the endangered West Indian Manatee.
Cost: $28 Adults - Children (ages 9-14). Please call 305-365-3018 to register.
Friday, February 15, 2013, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Venture into the beautiful Tropical Hardwood Hammock and discover the marvelous nocturnal life of the park at dusk. Experience the sights and sounds of eastern screech owls, raccoons, night time spiders and much more!
Cost: $6 per person. Please call 305-944-6111 to register. Reservations must be made no later than 11 am the day of the program.
CASTELLOW HAMMOCK PARK:
22301 SW 162 Avenue, Miami
Saturday, February 16, 2013, 6 pm - 8:30 pm
Love is for the Birds- Night Walk - Campfire
Learn about what love is like for the owls and other creatures of the night! Go on a hike in search of the Eastern Screech Owl and then return to roast marshmallows around a campfire.
Cost: $5 per person. Please call 305-242-7688 to register.
Sunday, February 10 - 17, 2013, 9 am - 11 am (offered every Sunday)
Bayside Canoe Adventure
Explore the forgotten and secret park of Key Biscayne where great blue herons, spotted eagle rays, upside down jelly fish and green iguanas lurk among the mangrove fringes. Cost: $44 per person. Please call 305-365-3018 to register. Meet at the Crandon Park Visitors Center, Parking Lot #1, North Beach entrance.
Daily through March, 9:30 am - 12 pm
Kayak Adventure - two person ''sit on top'' kayaks
Kayak along the beautiful crystal clear waters of Key Biscayne and Crandon Park-™s Bear Cut Preserve. Discover tropical fish, spotted eagle rays, cushion stars, herons, frigate birds and other animals that share this fragile and unique sanctuary. This trip is rated easy to moderate and is a great introduction to kayaking.
Cost: $30 per person. Please call 305-365-3018 to register. Meet at the Crandon Park Visitors Center, Parking Lot #1, North Beach entrance.
About the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation - Open Spaces Department:
Nationally accredited, a three-time winner of the NRPA National Gold Medal Award and winner of the 2009 Florida Governor's Sterling Award for excellence in management and operations, Miami-Dade County Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 260 parks and 12,848 acres of land. It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world. Made up of more than just playgrounds and athletic fields, it also comprises out-of-school, sports-development, and summer-camp programs; programs for seniors and people with disabilities; educational nature centers and nature preserves; environmental restoration efforts; arts and culture programs and events; the renowned Zoo Miami and the Deering Estate at Cutler; the Crandon Tennis Center, home of the Sony Ericsson Open; golf courses; beaches; marinas; campgrounds; pools; and more. For information about Miami-Dade County Parks call 3-1-1, or visit www.miamidade.gov/parks/.