When Tony Goldman looked at Miami's Wynwood neighborhood, he saw more than just concrete; he saw an empty canvas that had the potential to be transformed into an outdoor museum, and through the Wynwood Walls, has managed just this. Featuring pieces by artists from different parts of the world, the Wynwood Walls is a gallery any street art enthusiast could quite literally lose themselves in. The nearby Wynwood Kitchen & Bar offers exhausted explorers a chance to refuel.
An exquisite estate that once belonged to businessman James Deering, the Vizcaya Museum & Gardens is a lavish 20th-century complex featuring Italian Renaissance gardens, historic structures, and the main villa itself. Part of the estate is also composed of a native woodland landscape. The museum at the villa takes visitors back in time and lets one explore the beautiful architecture, European furnishings and other details of its past. Over the years, this stately villa has appeared as a backdrop for several Hollywood movies and soap operas, including Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Iron Man 3, and Days of Our Lives.
Initially established as a movie theater, Miracle Theater is an impressive Art Deco building that now serves as the home of Actors' Playhouse. The theater is made up of three separate performance spaces of different sizes - the Mainstage Theater with 600 seats, the 300-seat Balcony Theatre and the 100-seat Black Box Studio. Miracle Theatre plays host to performances throughout the year, many of which are meant for children.
Located in downtown Miami, Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts has served as a stage for cultural performances since 1926. Designed in the Spanish style with an old world charm, the building maintains a certain air of sophistication. The center once housed the Miami Philharmonic Orchestra. After undergoing a two-year renovation project in the 1970s, the historic structure became one of the city's main performing arts venues. Today, the center continues to feature an exciting array of theater, music and dance.
Built in 1825, this 95-foot (28.95-meter) lighthouse is the oldest building in south Florida. It originally guided sailors through the dangerous waters along the Straits of Florida. Although it was removed from service many times during various wars, it has weathered the years extraordinarily well. The US Coast Guard has used it as a navigational device for the past 25 years. The lighthouse is part of Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park. Guests can take guided tours or explore the Cape Florida Lighthouse by themselves.
The picturesque Venetian Pool is truly a one-of-a-kind attraction. This public swimming pool, chiseled out of a coral rock quarry in the 1920s, looks like a natural rock formation, except that no natural rock formation could be so perfectly suited to human enjoyment. This historical landmark is a work of art with its gushing fountains, coral caves and waterfalls. The 820,000 gallons of cool, refreshing spring water are replaced daily. Tours are conducted here.
The Walgreen Drug Store is a historic building constructed in 1936. Located in downtown Miami, it has a mix of the Streamline and Moderne styles of architecture. It became a part of the National Register of Historic Places in 1989 owing to its historical significance.
Masjid al-Fayza of Miami was established to serve the religious needs of the Muslim community in downtown Miami. The mosque is also known as Mushalla al-Fayza. Founded in 1999, it is a result of a group of Muslims who rented three rooms and converted into a mosque. It is an active institution of faith for diverse communities from Malay, Filipino and Indonesian along with workers and ship's crew members. The mosque is also popular among tourists staying at nearby hotels.
Built in 1914, this historic post office and courthouse was the first major federal building in Miami. The three-story building sports Neoclassical architecture and Spanish tile roofs. In the 1930s, the building became home to the First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Miami. The now abandoned building was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1989.
One of the tallest buildings in Miami, Bank of America Tower at International Place, has a total of 47 floors.The tower has a 10 floor parking space and the remaining 37 floors are available to corporate offices. The International Sky Terrace At International Place is also located here. Apart from the sky lobby, the building has state-of-the-art facilities such as an indoor gym. It also has a metro station, the King Center Station, which is a unique feature in itself.
The Catholic Diocese of Miami constructed this church in 1896 and the National Register of Historic Places placed it on its list in 1974. Over the last two centuries, the church has received many refurbishments and renovations, however much of the original charm remains. The Jesuit Order runs the parish, and it is open seven days a week, including Sunday mass.