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.
Crandon Park is three miles (3.21 kilometres) of sandy beach, park area with an 18-hole golf course, soccer and softball fields. The beach is named as one of the top ten in the United States. The park also includes a promenade, concession stands, picnic areas and an amusement area. The amusement area is home to an antique carousel, a splash fountain, an outdoor roller rink and a beach-front playground.
Unlike many of South Florida's state parks, Barnacle State Historic Park is centrally-located and easily accessible by automobile. Just off the main street in trendy Coconut Grove, this five-acre (2.02 hectare) historic site offers visitors a glimpse into a past full of beauty and luxury. This stately structure was originally the home of Ralph Middleton Munroe, a landowner and yacht enthusiast who hailed from New York. Before and after Munroe's passing, measures were taken to assure that the property reflected South Florida's culture and blossoming heritage. Guests can tour Munroe's home or explore the lush land outside. The park also offers ample amenities for wildlife watching and picnicking.
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.
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 Tina Hills Pavillion is used for smaller concerts, receptions, press conferences, and other corporate events. Seating is divided between 200 fixed seats and 800 lawn seats. Event planners can have performances either facing seats or facing the beautiful Biscayne Bay. The Pavillion even hosts free yoga classes!
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.
Crossing over the Miami River, this bridge connects the heart of Downtown Miami to the urban Brickell neighborhood. The bridge feature a 17-foot (5.2-meter) bronze statue that stands atop a 36-foot (11-meter) column known as the "Pillar of History." The pillar is carved with images of the Tequesta Indians, who inhabited South Florida and the area now known as Miami prior to European colonization. The statue at the top of the pillar depicts a Taquesta warrior and his family.