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.
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.
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.
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.
Welcome to everybody's favorite spot in Miami. South Beach refers to the locale, as well as the beach itself. Historically, this was the first neighborhood on Miami Beach to be comprehensively urbanized during the early periods of the 20th Century, which was when a vast majority of its magnificent art-deco masterpieces that you can see today had been built. The commune really upped its game in terms of prominence during World War II, when Miami Beach had been chosen as an influential hub for the United States Air Force. Today the South Beach is viewed by the world as a premier tropical destination for vacationers with its pristine golden-sand beaches, swanky waterside resorts and vibrant nightlife. The Lummus Park, Miami Golf Club, Di Lido Island and the iconic Ocean Drive are some of South Beach's unmissable sights.
For years this phenomenal work of art has fascinated people from all over the world. Coral Castle's creator carved his fantasy world out of stone using nothing but homemade tools. Latvian-American sculptor Edward Leedskalnin took more than two decades to create the Coral Castle. The castle is believed to be made out of coral, however it is carved out of oolite limestone and there was no mortar used. The castle complex comprises of a sundial, a polar telescope, furniture etc. A major tourist attraction, this landmark is an example of the strenuous efforts of Leedskalnin.
One of the prime neighborhoods of Miami, Downtown Miami, is not just the business district of Miami. In fact, this hub of activity holds various scenic attractions, too. The downtown area is personified with skyscrapers, the Miami River, which runs through it, and, of course, its nightlife. Visitors to Downtown Miami can be sure that their time spent here will never be dull.
Overtown is a Miami district that is surrounded by the Downtown, Wynwood, Civic Center and Riverside neighborhoods. It is the second oldest continuously inhabited district in Miami (after Coconut Grove), and it was established by African-Americans who worked on the railroads in the area. Some of the highlights in the area include the Lyric Theater, the Dana A. Dorsey House, the Mt. Zion Baptist Church and Gibson Park. The district is one of Miami's hidden gems and its always been known as a haven of tolerance and refuge as well as a major part in the constant growth of the greater city of Miami.
A delightful place for the kids as well as adults, Jungle Island is a great way to spend a day outdoors. Located just minutes away from downtown Miami, the park is full of birds and animals. It was started by Franz and Louise Scherr, who wanted a place for their birds to fly free. Today the park is also home to many animals such as penguins, orangutans, crocodiles and even tigers. There's also the Treetop Ballroom where nature fans can have their events, planned to the last detail by their in-house staff.
This monument located at the northern end of Cuban Memorial Boulevard Park pays homage to the fallen heroes of the failed Bay of Pigs invasion of 1961. The memorial more specifically honors the 116 men from Battalion 2506, all of whom lost their lives during the doomed invasion. An eternal flame burns atop the monument and if you walk down the park boulevard, there are other landmarks along the way which include a monument to Cuban journalists as well as a Ceiba tree used to make offerings in the syncretic religion, Santeria.
The Walt Grace Vintage showroom is a melange of Americana, a place where you can see (or buy) classic guitars and cars, but you better be prepared to shell out plenty. The cars on display include vintage machines from Porsche, BMW, Ferrari, Jaguar and Mercedes Benz while some of the guitars hail from the 1950s as well as signature models from superstars. Even if you don't want to buy, if you are interested in guitars and cars, Walt Grace is just the place.