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.
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.
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 are 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 and every room at this magnificent villa has a story to tell.
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.
Zoo Miami is one of the oldest and largest zoos in the entire state of Florida. The zoo is what is called a "free-range zoo," where none of the animals are caged. Due to its tropical climate, it is an ideal menagerie for observing animals from warmer areas of the world like Australia and Africa. Visit all kinds of animals from natives like Caimans to those from Southern Hemisphere like the Tree Kangaroo. The zoo also has several cafes and concession stands scattered throughout so visitors are refreshed.
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.
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.
With its crystal clear waters and happening nightlife scene, Miami is a world-famous recreation destination on the very southern tip of the Florida peninsula. The city was claimed for Spain by Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, though the area was the traditional home of several Native American tribes, the Tequestas having controlled the area for about a thousand years before his arrival. After Florida was ceded to the US in 1821 Miami saw an influx of residents as numerous northerners moved down in pursuit of sunny weather over the next century, as well as many wealthy Cuban nationals who took refuge in the city after Castro's coup changed the country's political landscape. The art deco boom in the 1930s left its mark on the city and buildings like the Celino South Beach Hotel and the Clevelander Hotel are gorgeous examples of the decorative style. A booming metropolis where beauty is at a premium, Miami sparkles with sheer energy and staying in shape is worth the effort when a sun-soaked beach is just a skip away.
This 5.5-mile (8.9-kilometer) long river flows from the Miami Canal through the city of Miami, opening up at the mouth at the Port of Miami. The river was once completely natural when inhabited by the Tequesta Indians, but has since seen an abundance of dredging and modification. The river is now polluted and used primarily for commercial use by cargo ships, but it remains a famous Miami sight.
The Bayfront Park is a beautiful patch of green that consists of Klipsch Amphitheater, which seats 10,000, and Tina's Pavilion for a smaller audience. Concerts, fund raisers, yoga classes, and a host of other events take place throughout the year. The nearby Bicentennial Park is also a popular venue. Celebrities and rock stars are seen from time to time, lending their voice for a cause.
The Flagler Worker's House also known as the Palm Cottage was built in 1897 and is one of the last of its kind to be linked with railroad tycoon Henry M. Flagler and the founder of Palm Beach. It was used as a home for the workers who were building his Royal Palm Hotel. It is also one of the remaining few Folk Victorian style structures in the city. This fine, yellow facade, wooden framed building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.