5 Fun Things to Do in Surfside, Florida

5 Fun Things to Do in Surfside, Florida

  • Jacqueline Marks
  • 06/18/22

Are you planning on looking at beautiful Surfside homes for sale? If so, you’ll be joining the thousands of transplants who have discovered the value of living in this quiet little waterfront neighborhood. However, quiet does not mean there isn’t anything fun for residents to do! Here are some of the best things that Surfside offers.

Check out the walkable downtown district

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Surfside is just north of Miami Beach and south of Bal Harbour. The town is only 1 mile long (8 blocks) and a half-mile wide but features a charming downtown area full of boutique shops and restaurants. Some notable retail shops there include 7th Plateau Jewelry, Sunny Toys & Gifts, The Scarlet Letter stationery shop, and Absolut Flowers.

The two main streets in Surfside are Collins Avenue (State Road A1A, which runs by the ocean) and Harding avenue. A lot of residential Surfside real estate—including Surfside condos for sale—is also situated along this street in the form of high-rise condominium buildings.

One distinctive walking destination is Surfside’s “Turtle Walk” on 93rd St between Collins and Harding. This is an educational art installation to teach kids about the conservation of the Florida Loggerhead Sea Turtle. Along 93rd St, there are eighteen sculptures of turtles, each of which has been painted by a local South Florida artist.

Go to the beach

One of the most popular activities in Surfside is, unsurprisingly, going to the beach. The beach in Surfside is a pristine, 1-mile-long stretch of beautiful white sand and rolling waves. It’s not as crowded as the beaches to the north and south, which is often a big draw for families seeking peaceful Surfside properties. From here, you can enjoy many outdoor activities and surround yourself with the soothing scenery and sounds of nature. Beachgoers can take advantage of shoreline walking and biking paths, with aquamarine waters to the east and lush sand dunes to the west.

To experience the beach from above, visitors can book private airplane tours of the historical coastline of Surfside and nearby Miami Beach through Eagles Air Tours. To experience the waters from below, you and your family can explore the ocean via scuba tours run daily by H2O Dive Center on Harding Avenue.

Visit nearby outdoor recreation areas

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While not technically within the limits of Surfside, Oleta River State Park is Florida’s largest urban park at 1,043 acres in size. It provides a serene refuge from nearby high-density population centers. Oleta park is maintained by Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection. It features fourteen rustic, air-conditioned cabins, biking trails, three campgrounds for organized youth, and more. Throughout the year, Oleta River State Park hosts events that spotlight South Florida’s diverse nature. A great way to experience Oleta is via a guided kayak eco-tour. On these tours, visitors can paddle through mangrove trails and experience the blue waters of North Biscayne Bay up close.

Another option for outdoor recreation is the North Shore State Recreation Area. This park is somewhat of a buffer zone between the bustling, crowded Miami beaches to the south and Surfside properties to the north. Its white sandy beaches make it a great choice if you want to tan, swim, or surf. Every full moon, community members gather for a full moon circle by 79th street for some tribal drumming and dancing.

There is also a private golf course nearby at Indian Creek Country Club, just over the bridge from Surfside on ultra-wealthy Indian Creek Island. However, you need to be invited in order to play there.

Have breakfast, lunch, or dinner at a local restaurant

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There are many excellent restaurants in Surfside, mostly near downtown Surfside real estate and around Collins and Harding avenues. This sweet oceanfront community has something cravable for everyone, including plenty of kosher options. Some of the town’s acclaimed restaurants — all of which are located within walking distance of the ocean — are Sushi Republic for some fantastic rolls, Specchio Cafe for traditional Italian food, Flanigan’s Seafood Bar & Grill (great for a casual date night), and the Harbour Grill.

Browse Surfside homes for sale

Surfside, Florida was started in the 1920s as a private beach club. Then, fearing annexation by nearby Miami, members of the private club annexed the city themselves in 1935. Since then, Surfside has grown into a mostly residential community. The town has a mix of residential buildings, including single-family homes, apartment buildings, condominiums, and duplexes. Most of these residences are downtown and west of Harding Avenue.

Even if you are just starting to have an inkling about this posh seaside community, it’s still fun to browse Surfside properties and nearby Miami Beach luxury real estate. Speaking of luxury, the one-and-only entrance to ultra-exclusive Indian Creek Island, a.k.a. “Billionaire Bunker,” is just 3 minutes from Surfside. With only 41 opulent waterfront properties, teak docks for super yachts, and its own private police force and golf course, Indian Creek in Biscayne Bay is a playground for the 1%.

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