This is a relatively small park, but it is home to a bird and animal sanctuary, nature trails, and a museum/nature center ... More
Arch Creek Park and Museum
This is a relatively small park, but it is home to a bird and animal sanctuary, nature trails, and a museum/nature center containing Indian and pioneer artifacts. Miami-Dade Parks' naturalists conduct free tours regularly. This tranquil park is perfect for a quiet picnic among the trees or a stroll across the limestone natural bridge that was once part of an Indian trail. Attendants at Arch Creek Park and Museum offer a variety of special programs for both children and adults.
I am currently a junior at johnson and wales just down the street from A.C. and I was walking home for some exercise when I saw the park I never knew was there. I entered and it seemed very relaxing. I then noticed a small wood building labeled the museum which I entered and too my surprise a very attractive young man greeted me and showed me around the whole museum, he was extremely outgoing it seemed that I could ask him anything and know he was giving me his best after this experience I will always go back when I am walking in the area or just lonely...
People have been saying "meet me at the arch" for centuries, referring to this natural limestone bridge spanning 40 feet over a fresh water creek near Biscayne Bay. Ancient Tequesta Indians camped here where seafood and game was plentiful. Seminole Indians, as well as soldiers crossed the creek at the arch in the mid-1800s. A mill here ground coontie into starch before the civil war. Early pioneers to Dade county settled here in the 1890s and the location was well known for community gatherings. The arch collapsed in 1973, but was rebuilt and remains an icon of local history. The museum contains many artifacts from various eras and the nature trails are shady and beautiful. Ghost tours on Wednesday evenings are popular.
My family and I attended the Arch Creek Ghost Tour back in October and it was a lot of fun! The best part was the guided tour walking through the wooded trail and learning about the history of the park. I took photos but didn't catch any ghosts, but the moonlit walk was wonderful and the stories about those that lived near the creek were great to hear. Tour was great for all ages. It's been over a month since we went on the tour and my family still talks about it. It's a must see!
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