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.
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.
Vizcaya Museum & Gardens is an exquisite villa that overlooks the stream. This lavish Italian villa takes you back in time and lets you explore the beautiful architecture, furnishings and other details of the past era. The gardens at this spot is simply spectacular where you can stroll along the trail area and click some great pictures. The place also provides a panoramic view of Miami skyline. Since it was a former home of the local industrialist, it consists of several arts and collectibles that are unique. A great place to have some high end private events. Every room at this magnificent villa has a story to tell. A must visit if you're in the neighborhood.
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.
New World Center is home to the New World Symphony and showcases other fantastic concerts as well. In 1987, conductor Michael Tilson Thomas created an orchestra that would consist of young and energetic talent, providing recent graduates with a springboard to stardom. A national training orchestra with an international reputation, this ensemble is famous for its fresh sound and youthful enthusiasm.
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. Call or see website for ticket prices, event information and schedule.
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.
The trendy night spot, The Bank is located on 1st Street, at the heart of Miami. A popular nocturnal haunt in the neighorhood, this club hosts some of the wildest parties in town. When you're here you'll find yourself surrounded by beautiful and affluent people from the downtown area. Sip on sensational libations that the bar here concocts while enjoying the awesome tunes spun by some of the best DJs in town; if you're looking for a vibrant place to hang and dance the night away, The Bank is where you should be!
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.