Hidden Treasures in Miami
Miami is full of mainstream attractions, from the beach to its active tourism scene. We put together this list to take you off the beaten path and away from the tourist traps so that you can experience a totally different side of the city.
Explore the mysterious structure that is the Coral Castle. This unique stone landmark was constructed by Edward Leedskalnin over a 28 year period, from 1923 to 1951. How one man built this solid stone “castle” is still a mystery – supernatural powers? Superhuman strength? Sheer determination? No one witnessed the building process and Ed refused to share his secret, saying only that he knew “the secret of the pyramids”. Once you tour the massive Coral Castle you'll be in awe, and a little mystified, by the brilliant creation of one man.
Sure, you've been swimming before; but you've never swam in a pool like this. The Venetian Pool is spring fed from an underground aquifer. Unlike most public pools, this 820,000 gallon pool is drained and refilled daily during the spring and summer months. The Venetian was constructed from a coral rock quarry and boasts two waterfalls, and two historic lookout towers that offer gorgeous views of the city.
Get a look at the works from the next big names in art at the Diaspora Vibe Gallery. This gallery focuses on the artistic talents of up-and-coming artists from the Latin and Caribbean Diaspora, and reaches out to these artists on a local and global scale. On any given day at the gallery, you can enjoy art, live music, poetry and more.
Spend some time in an outdoor oasis, otherwise known as the Anne Kolb Nature Center at West Lake Park. The park is a mangrove eco-system that stretches 1,500 acres, providing plenty of space for activities like hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, and other watersports. The Nature Center has photo exhibits, aquariums, pamphlets and more to help navigate your journey through the park.
Fans of fishing will enjoy exploring the exhibits at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum. This museum is home to the most comprehensive collection of sportfishing information, and boasts a wide variety of exhibits, classes, fishing demonstrations, interactive displays and more. As you venture through the museum, you'll see over 170 world-record fish mounted above you including a great white shark, the largest mount in the collection.