Virginia Key Outdoor Center

Your in-town gateway to the outdoors

Virginia Key Outdoor Center (VKOC) is a full service outdoor recreation center. We offer equipment rentals, lessons, private and group tours, corporate outings, private parties and the best kayak and paddleboard tours in town. But wait, there's more. At VKOC we have Miami's only mountain bike trails.

Rentals are available daily so you can experience a stress free outdoor adventure seven days a week. Guided and self-guided outings are available year round.

Winter time is manatee time. Wild manatees winter in Miami. Check out our group outings.

Winters are spectacular with herds of manatees inhabiting our little lagoon. Starting late 2018 visitors can enjoy these giant sea mammals from one of our clear canoes. It's like a glass bottom kayak adventure just for you.

Summer brings bio-luminescent organisms to our waters. Enjoy and evening paddle where you can see stars in the sky and stars in the water.

Independence Day and New Year's Eve are special at VKOC. With nearby fireworks on display we have the best secret spot. Join our celebrations with BBQ, live music, and fireworks you can watch from your kayak r paddleboard. Beach viewing is also available. These are must do events.

Located on a tranquil lagoon, adjacent to the ocean we are Miami's premier outdoor destination. We are your in-town gateway to the outdoors. Our nature viewing is exceptional. Virginia Key, boasts of pristine coastal trails with highly endangered flora. A hammock nestled among an urban metropolis, this island presents opportunities for residents and visitors to connect to the outdoors and Miami’s history. Opening pathways to nature – take a guided walk on a nature trail, paddle above manatees gracefully swimming in the gentle lagoon current, Virginia Key OC is magical place within minutes of the city.

With miles of trails and surrounded by water you can bike, paddle, run, or walk. Kayak fishing, swimming, snorkeling are only footsteps away. Don't leave without visiting our snack shop. We have cold drinks, and delicious treats.

And as an added bonus and rarely found in a park - showers, and clean air conditioned bathrooms. Really! Come visit, become part of the VKOC family.

Enjoy Miami's wilderness, it's near, it's right downtown.

Rentals and Activities
Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP)
Mountain biking (yes, in Miami)
SUP Yoga and Yoga
Full Moon & Sunset Paddle and Bike Rides
Kayak & SUP Fishing
Kayak & Paddleboard (SUP) Lessons
Group Outings & Parties
Bike lessons
or just hang out and enjoy the ocean

Feature Activities
Manatee Photo Safaris (winter)
Bio-luminescent Paddles (summer)
Fireworks Paddle and Celebration (July 4th and New Year's Eve)
Sunset Paddles year-round
Sunset bike rides
Valentine's Day Celebration
Slackline Acro-Yoga Fire Spinning and Flow Arts Jam!
Special events featuring live music and top local food trucks
Just for Kids
Summer Adventure Camp
Spring Break Camp
Winter Break Camp
Fishing Camp
Mt. Bike Camp
Day-Off from School Celebrations (Camp ;)
Birthday and Graduation Parties
Bike Lessons just for kids
Paddleboard and Kayak Lessons just for kids


Accessible Traveler Information

Disability Accessible, Handicapped Parking, Raised Toilets, Ramps, Roll-under Sinks


Bicycling, Birding, Canoeing, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Paddleboarding, Water Recreation

Average Visit Time

2 - 3 hours, Half day


Military Discount

Guest Information

Family Friendly, LGBT Friendly


Beach Access, Beachfront, Waterfront