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Underrated Miami: Picnics

A look at very cool Miami things that, for some strange reason, we don’t seem to appreciate as much as we should.

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Ryan Pfeffer
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In Underrated Miami, we take a look at very cool Miami things that, for some strange reason, we don’t seem to appreciate as much as we should.

I can count the number of times I’ve seen a picnic in Miami on zero fingers. I’ve been in parks from Coral Gables to North Beach on drop-dead gorgeous days and maybe—maybe—I’ll run into a barbecue or a wild toddler sprinting with a half-eaten banana. But no picnics. Like, ever.

Why is that? If ever there was a more picnic-appropriate city, it’s Miami. We’ve got green space and clear skies. Last time I checked, we like food and being outside—but for some reason, very few of us bother to put those two things together in a public space. Have we forgotten the simple pleasures of the picnic or were we never introduced in the first place? Have you been hurt by a picnic? It is time to let go of the past, friend.

Go to Central Park on a temperate day and you can barely see the grass underneath the sea of blankets holding thoughtfully curated artisanal this and that or organic whatever. Here, the closest thing you’ll find is a Publix sub being wolfed down by a sandy teen at the beach.

Here’s your homework assignment, Magic City. Go home, find the biggest blanket you have, pack a cooler with food (and not just a handful of blueberries; really go for it) and pick a park. Morningside Park, Bayfront Park, South Pointe Park or David T. Kennedy Park are all picnic-appropriate.

This is our non-legally binding guarantee: you will love your picnic—love it like it is your delicious new child. And looking up at the sky, between bites of cheese and bread, you will wonder just what the hell took you so long. 

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