South of the city, the rural face of Miami-Dade County is revealed in an exciting blend of modern suburbs, historical villages, and rustic backcountry. Homestead is home to two spectacular national parks, where fishing, boating, snorkeling, and bird watching are just a few of the many nature activities offered. As well as a few hidden gems including a coral castle, a fruit and spice park where you can roam through winding paths and pick up exotic fruit of the ground, an alligator farm, and the world-renowned Homestead Miami Speedway, home to the final race of the NASCAR season. Let’s take a look!
Coral Castle – Top ranked by TripAdvisor, Yelp, and more, Coral Castle has been around since 1923. Ed Leedskalnin hand-sculpted coral stone into a nine-ton gate, a 28-ton obelisk, and a sun dial that show the time and season. No one really knows how Ed, weighing only 100 pounds and standing 5 feet tall, managed this feat. All we know is that he did it in secret, at night, and in the name of love… How romantic!
Homestead Miami Speedway – Make a “pit stop” at the Homestead Miami Speedway for exotic car racing, where trained experts will suit you up, give you the run down, and let you take the wheel on a NASCAR race track.
Robert Is Here –Stop in for an afternoon bite at Robert Is Here when it reopens on November 5th. Robert Is Here is a fruit stand that sells delicious milkshakes made with fruit grown right on site. Try local exotic fruit like carambola, lychees, and their famous mangoes. Stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables to take home. But sure to try a homemade key lime pie onsite.
Everglades Alligator Farm – Just down the street from Robert’s is Everglades Alligator Farm, the oldest alligator farm around, right at the entrance to Everglades National Park. There are more than 2,000 alligators including a 14-foot “grandpa”. You can also take airboat tours, explore a walking trail, and see a snake show. See you later, gator (at Everglades)!
Biscayne National Park – If you don’t get to see Miami by boat, you are seriously missing out. Book a charter and rent some snorkel equipment, and spend the day exploring the reefs, wildlife, and all the underwater secrets of the Atlantic. Consider checking out the islands in Biscayne National Park for docking the boat and firing up the grill. Who says summer is ending?