The last suburb before venturing to the Florida Keys, Homestead is a major agricultural area home to an endless array of farms, parks, zoos, and even a historic performing arts theatre. Make the trek down south to indulge in these fun activities for a break from city living.
Schnebly Redland’s Winery
Wine Bar, American, $$$
Didn’t expect to see a winery in South Florida? Schnebly’s
is a welcome surprise for those looking for a boozy afternoon in the Redlands. The winery offers tours and tastings starting at $19 per person on weekends. A guide takes guests on a tour of the estate, the wine-making process and also a look at how they craft their brews. If you can do without the tour, tastings go for $12.95 per person to taste a choice of five unique wines.
Zoological Wildlife Foundation
Book a tour with a guided professional to learn about the ZWF’s rescued animals. From tigers and white lion cubs to chimpanzees, guests can have up-close encounters and even photo sessions with animals. ZWF
also offers an adopt-an-animal program where you can visit the animal 50 times a year. Their conservation efforts also include a breeding program to ensure a future for endangered species.
A place where humans are caged and monkeys roam free, the 30-acre park of Monkey Jungle
forges a replica of the Amazonian rainforest, a sanctuary for primates. Visitors can explore the swimming pool for wild monkeys, feed one, and even catch sight of the king of the jungle—the great gorilla. The park, however, has been closed since incurring damage from Hurricane Irma in fall 2017. It is set to reopen in late March 2018.
Catch a comedy or a play at the historic Seminole Theatre
. The venue, which dates back to 1916, underwent a renovation a few years ago and continues to welcome guests with live performances, including concerts, plays, and dance shows.
Carved single-handedly by one man, 1,100 tons of coral rock form one of the country’s most astonishing accomplishments. The Coral Castle
is essentially a sculptural garden in stone, built by a Latvian American, Ed, as an ode to his long-lost love. The garden features a valentine heart, a functioning sundial, and other curious rock formations aligned with the stars.
Knaus Berry Farm
Farm Shop, Farmers' Market, Dessert, Pastries, $$$
Indulge in delicious gooey cinnamon roll buns, drink all-natural smoothies, and shop for farm-grown veggies at this popular stop. Knaus Berry Farm
has been indulging visitors in homemade baked goods, jams, and their fruit market for years. The farm is open from mid-November until mid-April and also offers guests a chance to go strawberry-picking in their fields.
For those with a need for speed, the Homestead-Miami Speedway
provides a thrilling opportunity to catch a race. The track has hosted many NASCAR championships, and even in the off-season, visitors can still watch a motorcycle or sports car race. Make sure to check their calendar for events.
Homestead Bayfront Park
With a marina, a fishing pier and beaches, Homestead Bayfront Park
offers numerous amenities to spend the day outdoors. The park perched along the pristine Biscayne Bay also features a bike trail for cyclists to explore and an atoll pool to go for a dip. Arrive by boat, car or RV, and enjoy the natural landscape of South Florida. The entrance fee is $7 on weekends and $5 on weekdays.