Kick Scooting In Hollywood, Miami Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, and Daytona Beach
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Kick Scooting in Hollywood, Florida
FEBRUARY 26, 2011: We traveled today from Treasure Island on the Gulf of Mexico to Miami Beach on the Atlantic Ocean, arriving in mid-afternoon to 80+ degree weather, sweet sea breezes, blue skies, and Florida's famous sun. It doesn't seem possible that winter could exist in any other form.
We spent the remaining afternoon and early evening in Hollywood, one of the happiest vacation areas in the state.
Hollywood's boardwalk also features a designated bike lane that is traversed by wandering pedestrians, recumbent tricycles, regular bikes, surreys, roller-blades, and as of our visit, adult kick scooters.
Miami Beach by Kick Scooter
FEBRUARY 27, 2011: Although we've visited the South Beach area in Miami Beach before, this time we saw over 300% more by scooting through its neighborhoods. At the end of our long, sunny, 80+ degree day in Miami, we felt great.
From where we parked, we rode up Ocean Drive to Lummus Park, which is immediately east of Miami's famous 1930s South Beach art deco hotels, like the Riviere Apartment Hotel pictured above.
Lummus Park is filled with Palm trees and numerous benches. Better, the park features three wonderful sidewalks, making it a fantastic place to kick scoot, see art deco buildings, smell ocean breezes, and view the ocean itself.
Lummus Park's sidewalks are all smooth roadways because none of them are interrupted by streets or curbs. This makes them popular with all types of "human powered vehicles," including four-wheeler admobiles (above). Two of the park's sidewalks are near the beach and one borders the east side Ocean Drive.
The west side of Ocean Drive features art deco hotels and the restaurants they host. It is not possible to kick scoot on that side (or even walk quickly in the area) because side-to-side canopies and rows of tables on the sidewalk form a multi-block gauntlet filled with diners and people trying to entice pedestrians into their establishments.
Because we were on kick scooters and didn't mind adding miles to our "stroll," we decided to venture to Lincoln Road (a well-known shopping district) so I could buy a hat. What we didn't know about the street prior to arriving on it was that it is closed to cars between Washington and Lenox Avenues, making the it a beautiful, seven-block long European-type, outdoor mall.
Late in the afternoon, we returned to South Pointe Park, which is boarded to the north by truly imaginative looking apartment buildings. To the park's immediate east, bordering Biscayne Bay and the Government Cut channel used by cruise ships, is the beginning of Miami Beach. Here, people sunbath, picnic, swim, and surf all the while being entertained by the comings and goings of massive cruise ships.
Along the southern part of South Pointe Park is a long, scooter-friendly sidewalk and many places to enjoy the scenery or possibly dine at Smith & Wollensky and watch the majestic beginning or ending of cruise ship journeys.
Kick Scooting in Ft. Lauderdale
FEBRUARY 28, 2011: We spent the day in Ft. Lauderdale looking for interesting places to kick scoot other than along its beach and miles of non-shaded sidewalk. We found them in three places, although the last place is more suitable for biking.
A prime kick scooting area can be found in Ft. Lauderdale's beautifully landscaped and fully shaded Riverwalk (see above). There you can stroll (or in our case, "scoot") through a two-mile long, riverfront park, browse through Old Fort Lauderdale and the Hoch Heritage Center (historic buildings, enactments, and a gift shop), get involved in the Museum of Discovery and Science, attend concerts and other cultural events, and see boats of all sizes float along the New River.
Now then, Ft. Lauderdale's real treasure is, as Rick Steves always says, its locals. In this case, its ultra-wealthy locals. This particular set of locals invest in very pretty things, especially inviting homes and ultra-attractive landscaping, like the Palm tree lined neighborhood pictured here.
Adult Kick Scooting on Daytona Beach
MARCH 1, 2011: Well, if motorcycles can race on Daytona Beach, why not kick scooters?
I checked out a tip by Mikey Knackerson, who told me it was possible to ride a kick scooter on Daytona Beach. That seemed about as believable as walking on water, but he insisted it was true. As you can see above, Phil and I confirmed that kick scooting on sand can be done (at least at Daytona Beach).
Questions? Just ask!
Article by Karen Little. Photographs primarily by Karen Little with help from Philip Little. First published on www.Littleviews.com on 3/15/2011. All rights reserved.