Sometimes we get wrapped up in our crazy lives and we forget what a great city we live in. Not only is Miami filled with great food, but we also have some pretty cool landmarks.
Before the excitement of summer fun dies down take a weekend to explore some new spots you haven’t visited, or maybe haven’t been to in a while. Honestly, I have to do the same!
Little Havana & Calle Ocho
8th Street from 22nd until 8th
Walking down Calle Ocho is a treat within itself. There are so many things to see and people to meet while you’re walking down the street. A few stops you must make are to La Casa De Los Trucos (House of Costumes), the Cuban Memorial Plaza, El Pub for some Cuban coffee at their “window,” and lastly, you have to eat ice cream at Azucar. Read here for the full review on Azucar Ice Cream.
The Freedom Tower
600 Biscayne Blvd. | Miami, FL
The Freedom Tower is a National Historic Landmark in Miami that has a lot of emotional ties for many Cubans in the city. Built in 1925, it is one of the oldest skyscrapers in the southeastern United States with its main role being the immigration-processing center for thousands of Cuban refugees who arrived in the 1960’s. The Tower is now a part of the Miami Dade College campus and holds an exhibition that is free and open to the public.
David Kennedy Park
2200 S. Bayshore Drive | Coconut Grove, FL
Who doesn't love to wander around a park? I love Kennedy Park because it has everything you need for a fun filled day – beach volleyball, a running path around the park, dog park, and my favorite – A.C.’s Icee’s, which on a hot Miami day is pure heaven.
4013 S Douglas Rd. | Miami, FL
If you haven't visited The Kampong then you must. This tranquil garden, which used to be David Fairchild’s home, is filled with tropical fruit cultivars and trees and over 50 varieties of mango! The Kampong is not only for those studying plants or enthusiasts, but also for those who just want to wander around its gardens and making take a picnic with them.
NW 2nd Ave. between 25th and 26th
If you haven’t been to Wynwood Walls then you are missing out on a big piece of Miami. In 2009 the late Tony Goldman was looking for something to transform the warehouse district of Wynwood, and he arrived at the idea: “Wynwood’s large stock of warehouse buildings, all with no windows, would be my giant canvases to bring to them the greatest street art ever seen in one place.” And then the Wynwood Walls were born. While you are visiting make sure to eat at Wynwood Kitchen & Bar right by the walls. You’ll really enjoy it if you have never been!