A much overlooked suburb in South Miami-Dade County, Homestead is best known for being a major agricultural area. Historically, it hasn’t been a standout place for travelers to stop, but thanks to some new (and old) attractions, this is changing very quickly. Get a taste of nature as well as locally-brewed beers and fruit wine. Learn about the city’s roots in an area that was once a railroad town. Explore all the parks in the neighborhood — if you’ve got kids or a pup, there’s plenty to keep them entertained.
Fruit & Spice Park
Throw on some comfortable sneakers and get ready to rumble. There are lots of walking opportunities at this park as well as guided tours three times a day, weather permitting. Open seven days a week, year round (except Thanksgiving day and Christmas day), Fruit & Spice park also hosts various festivals throughout the year. Plan your visit accordingly and your day at the park may just align with the Orchid Show or the Summer Fruit Festival.
Coral Castle took more than 28 years to fully build, so you can enjoy it for a few hours (or even just a few minutes). Built by Latvian stonemason Edward Leedskalni, Coral Castle is made entirely of coral rock — over 1,100 tons to be exact — and is open seven days a week to visitors from all over the world. It’s a sight for sore eyes and a monument to undying love. Leedskalni built it in honor of his one and only love, so it’s not a bad place to visit for a bit of romance, either.
Get to know the gators (there are more than 2,000 of them here!), from a safe distance of course. At Everglades Alligator Farm, the oldest of its kind in South Florida, you can take an airboat ride, catch an alligator show or a snake show and watch an alligator feeding demonstration. If it’s something you’ve never seen before, you’ve got to do it at least once in your lifetime. Private tours are available, too, but not necessary. You might make a few new friends and this weird, fun place that is nothing out of the ordinary for Floridians.
Schnebly Redland's Winery
Florida is where some of the freshest, most delicious fruits grow and it has some great fruity beer and wine. Why not try some fruity beer and wine that’s easy to drink and fun to learn about? First off, Schnebly is an oasis that’s kind of in the middle of nowhere, and we like it that way. Both the tasting room and taproom, open until 5 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 11 p.m. on the weekends, are surrounded by man-made bodies of water and rich vegetation. Sunday brunch is a thing here, too. Try the Lychee Habanero beer, the tangy passion fruit wine, or all of the above. If you’re going to live a little, this is the place.
Have a thing for Nascar? Or maybe you’ve never watched cars race live. We can tell you it’s an exhilarating experience, if not one of the coolest ways to spend a day in South Florida. Head to the racetrack (don’t forget your noise-cancelling headphones) at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, grab an ice cold beer and settle in for some fast and furious fun.
The last place you might expect to find authentic Mexican food is Miami, but lo and behold, Homestead has some real good spots for all your taco and salsa cravings like Taqueria Morelia. The salsa bar here is next level with all the limes, cilantro, and multicolored salsa your heart desires. The burritos are big and the micheladas are second to none. Search all you want, but you may not find Mexican food this tasty unless you go all the way to California or, of course, Mexico.
Feed Goats at a Fruit Stand
Can we interest you in creamy, thick fruit-flavored milkshakes, mangoes as big as your head and a petting zoo? Of course we can! Robert Is Here is a family-owned market has been around for (what feels like) forever and carries local and exotic fruits, vegetables, thick, fresh-made milkshakes and more. Feed the goats and emus with pellets provided on site, then feed yourself. Even if you have a full belly after tacos, you can always make a little more space for a frozen treat.
Homestead Historic Downtown District
Homestead celebrated its centennial in 2013 and if you're interested in learning about the history of the city head to the Historic Downtown District. Take a self-guided tour or pay the Seminole Theatre a visit. It reopened just five years ago, but was originally built in 1921 and has been a staple in the area for nearly a century. There’s also the Homestead National Parks Trolley, which is in service every winter through spring and offers free guided trolley rides throughout the Historic Downtown area. Hop on a trolley and hop off at Everglades National Park or Biscayne National Park (free admission to both when riding the trolley) or you can even head to the Historic Town Hall Museum. Built in 1917, the Town Hall Museum is on the local and national registries of historic buildings and has served as the Police Department, Fire House, City Hall and more. Do a bit of exploring on foot — there are some interesting antique shops in town — and close out a wonderful day at Homestead Station, where you’ll find a multi-screen movie theater, a bowling alley, places to eat, retail stores and more.