There's More Than Buildings and Classes!
Florida International University has a beautiful campus that provides many opportunities to enjoy the out-of-doors once you get outside of your classroom, the library, GC, or your residence hall room. In addition to tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, the pool, outdoor basketball courts, and the Recreation Field, here are a few examples:
WALKING & JOGGING
For walkers and joggers alike, FIU offers a variety of both short and long trails that take you through and around the UP campus. Keep in mind that some of these trails go off-campus, not all are well lit, and some may cross traffic so use caution and run/walk smart! Also, check out the new 0.6 mile lighted Jogging Path at the Nature Preserve!
Located between the football stadium and the FIU Arena across from the Rec Center, FIU's Nature Preserve is a remnant of what this part of Florida once was - Everglades wetland. Home to birds, butterflies and other insects, reptiles and amphibians, this habitat can provide the occasional visitor with glimpses of a Florida past. Walk the trails, study the flora and fauna, and enjoy a little bit of nature.
Try out the new 0.6 mile Jogging Path that encircles the Preserve. Exercise stations are installed for your fitness pleasure!
Outdoor Sculpture Park
FIU is the site of the Martin Z. Margulies Sculpture Park, one of the world's most important international outdoor sculpture collections that includes works by Calder, de Kooning, Nevelson, Serra, Dubuffet and other well-known artists.
Guided tours are available to groups (coordinated through the Frost Art Museum), or just walk your own tour. Download a map here.
Lakes, Ponds & Gazebos
The University Park campus is adorned with both natural and man-made lakes and ponds (like the Turtle Pond seen here) that attract a wide variety of wildlife. Catch early morning flights of birds, the open wings of an anhinga, and late afternoon mating calls. Many of these campus environs have gazebos nearby where you can sit and watch nature's interplay. Taking a walking tour of the various trees around campus.
download the FIU Campus Tree Guide...
Watch FIU Varsity Athletic Teams
FIU's Division I football, baseball, soccer, and tennis teams all compete using on-campus outdoor facilities, with swimming/diving using the BBC Aquatic Center. Most practices are open to spectators so bring a lunch, your laptop, or binoculars and enjoy an afternoon with the team of your choice.
Play in the Residence Hall Quad
Created by surrounding Everglades Hall, UP Towers, Lakeview, and Panther Halls, the Res Hall Quad always has something going on. Whether its a pick-up soccer match, a game of beach volleyball, tossing the frisbee, or relaxing at the pool, the Quad can be THE place on a lazy afternoon.
A Day in the Park - Tamiami Park
South of campus and north of Coral Ave. lays Tamiami Park, one of Miami-Dade's largest public parks. Playing fields, a pool, tennis courts, a playground, and lots of open space are available. FIU students, faculty and staff can swim for FREE at Tamiami Pool during open swim hours - just show your FIU Panther ID.
FIU is now an official Arbor Day Foundation's Tree Campus USA network. Tree Campus USA colleges and universities strive to engage their student body as well as their broader community to establish and sustain healthy community forests for the benefit of current and future residents. For more info...