Miami is a vibrant city, but with less than 48 hours and a dire need for some R&R, how do you decide what to do? I narrowed my list down to three big activities for the weekend, and had an amazing time! If you have the chance, check out Wynwood Walls, the beach, and Fairchild Gardens!
Wynwood Walls: The Largest Open-Air Street-Art Installation in the World
When I told friends about my upcoming trip to Miami, everyone said the same thing. You MUST see Wynwood. I didn’t know much about it, other than the fact that there were some pretty murals. I decided to go see for myself what all of the chatter was about. I envisioned a park with walls, but Wynwood is so much more than that. It’s a vibrant community in Miami, full of shops, cafes, bars, art galleries, and more. It’s the perfect way to start a day in Miami. There’s art for everyone, bright, colorful, fun works and darker, deeper, political pieces. There is a small park to walk through and see some murals, but there’s also murals throughout the area, so don’t skip the side streets! That’s where I found my favorite wall! Wynwood has also become a hotspot for nightlife, but I highly recommend being extremely careful in this area as pick pocketing is rampant after dark.
Wynwood wasn’t always like this. The neighborhood recently celebrated its 100th year, but it has only been a booming art center for the past decade. Throughout history, the neighborhood was home to working class folks, the fashion district, and Little San Juan before facing a rapid decline. It wasn’t until 2000 when it began to gentrify and begin showcasing some of the world’s finest art. You can read more about the history of Wynwood here. It’s definitely a side of Miami I didn’t know existed. There is more to this city than SoBe!
You can’t visit Miami without sticking your toes in the sand. After our adventures at Wynwood, we headed to South Point Park to catch some sunshine & waves. We watched the wake boarders, cruise ships, and sailboats and caught a glimpse of the sunset over the city.
This fabulous garden is located about 30 minutes outside of Miami and is definitely worth a visit if you’re looking to slow down from the hustle and bustle of Miami. The garden was peaceful and provided stunning views of beautiful flowers and creatures. We even saw a crane snacking on a lizard! You could easily spend the whole day here, or just an hour or two browsing the grounds. Here are some of the highlights from our walk. Do not miss the butterfly garden. There are stunning butterflies as well as a glass case showcasing the life cycle of a butterfly. You can see the cocoons at all stages of development, it’s really interesting! We also strolled through Orchid Alley and under trellises of greens and flowers. I definitely found some inspiration for my New York City garden!
If I had more time, there were endless other things I could have done in Miami. We were so thankful the beautiful weather made it possible to check off these three important things from our list this past weekend. I am looking forward to my next trip to Miami next month.