Visiting Homestead, FL on a much-needed vacation?
Planning a weekend excursion or an extended family getaway to the Everglades?
Looking for some fun and affordable entertainment to enjoy while waiting on your cruise to leave a nearby Florida port?
No matter what your reason for visiting, there are plenty of things to do in Homestead! With its consistently warm weather all year long, Homestead is the ideal location for growing grapes and tropical fruit. But this weather also means year-round adventures and expeditions.
We’ve scoured the area to find the most fun and the most affordable Homestead attractions for you and your vacation crew. From castles made completely out of coral to historic museums and wildlife refuges, check out the top 10 fun things to do in Homestead.
Many travelers visit Homestead to attend a race in the Nascar Cup Series, but there are so many more events hosted by the Homestead-Miami Speedway! One of the most exciting is the Mario Andretti Racing Experience. Drivers have the chance to sit behind the wheel of a real Indy-style racing vehicle and drive the 1.2-mile oval speedway. Choose to ride along with an experienced driver or take the driver seat for up to an hour of adrenaline-pumping entertainment.
A visit to the Coral Castle Museum is an experience you won’t soon forget. Constructed completely by one man, this mysterious sculpture garden houses 1100 tons of coral rock. During your visit, check out the 9-ton gate that moves with just a touch of the finger, the megalithic Polaris telescope that is perfectly aligned with the north star and several functioning rocking chairs – all made entirely of stone. Take advantage of the pre-recorded audio stands throughout the museum or sign up for a guided tour.
Since 1991, the Everglades Outpost has cared for, protected and advocated for native and exotic wildlife in South Flordia. Unlike a zoo, this facility is not for profit and ultimately strives to release all animals back into the wild. If animals are born in captivity or too injured to return to their natural habitat, they find their permanent home at the outpost. Carrying on the legacy of founder Bob Freer, the volunteers at Everglades Outpost invite visitors to meet their animals, explore the outpost and learn more about how to respectfully observe animals in the wild of Florida.
Located along the Biscayne Bay, Black Point Park & Marina offers family-friendly activities both in and out of the water. Explore the trails around the park available for walking, jogging or biking. Rent a boat, canoe or kayak at the marina to take your explorations offshore. Save time for a bite to eat at Black Point Ocean Grill – a local’s favorite with killer views of Biscayne Bay. If you’re more interested in fishing for your dinner, take the Black Creek Trail until it turns to dirt and walk onto the sandy jetty that extends a mile and a half into the bay.
Located in Biscayne National Park, the Mangrove Preserve is one of the longest continuous mangrove forests remaining on Florida’s eastern shoreline. These intricate ecosystems protect young and vulnerable aquatic life within their dense root systems and offer secluded nesting grounds for local and migrating birds. Sign up for a kayak expedition through the mangrove meadows for a chance to learn more about local fauna from an experienced naturalist. Keep your eyes peeled for the three types of mangroves flourishing in this region – red, black and white mangroves.
Without founder Mary Calkins Heinlein, the Fruit & Spice Park would not exist today! Her dream of creating a garden collection of semi-tropical fruits lives on in this 37-acre botanical garden housing more than 500 varieties of exotic fruits, spices, nuts and herbs from around the world. From mangos and bamboo to bananas and jackfruit trees, each exotic edible that’s grown and maintained in the garden has been carefully selected. Visit the garden to sample fruit fallen from the trees, secure seeds or clippings for replanting and explore the historical structures on-site.
As the first state park in Florida, Royal Palm State Park began in the early 1900s with 960 acres. The land was filled with towering live oaks and royal palms surrounding an endless number of ferns, orchids and scores of other plants. By 1921, more acres had been donated creating a 4,000-acre state park. Today, Royal Palm Park is the epicenter of the Everglades National Park. Visitors to the park can explore historic sites, participate in wildlife viewing, tour the everglades on horseback and much more.
Historical sites are treasured in Homestead after Hurricane Andrew tore through this quaint Florida city in 1992. One of these treasured gems is the Homestead Historic Town Hall Museum which houses an expansive collection of photographs, books, maps and artifacts. The most popular exhibit is the restored 1924 American LaFrance fire truck which sits on display in its original “home” where the town fire station once resided.
This beautiful oceanfront park provides visitors with hours of fun in the sun, both in and out of the water. The main feature of Homestead Bayfront Park is the natural atoll pool which offers a shallow swimming hole for kids and adults. The pool is surrounded by white sand beaches covered in palm trees with sweeping views of Biscayne Bay beyond its borders. The park also boasts a full-service marina, a fishing pier and a beachfront restaurant.
Family-owned and operated since 1987, the Redland Market Village provides visitors with 27 acres of shopping bliss. Each week, more than 22 international food trucks set up shop, live musicians set the mood and thousands of shoppers visit the indoor and outdoor markets. Travelers will find fresh meats and produce directly from farmers, local flora, handmade arts and crafts, automotive supplies and accessories, a selection of stylish clothes and jewelry and so much more! Plan to spend at least a day exploring the village.
Looking for an affordable yet accommodating hotel in the Homestead area? Uptown Suites Homestead is an extended-stay property with newly refreshed suites offering affordable nightly, weekly and monthly rates. Each suite features the following amenities:
>Full in-room kitchen for money-savings meals
>Keurig® coffee maker for the perfect cup every time
>High-speed wireless internet for streaming, surfing and searching
>43″ Smart HDTV with premium cable channels
>Plenty of storage space for everyone’s belongings
>Rapid-charging USB charging ports for all of your devices
>Convenient in-room workspace with plenty of outlets and a comfy chair
>Secure RFID room locks for safety and convenience
Wait — it gets better! Our Homestead hotel also delivers extensive amenities on-site including a 24/7 fitness center, guest laundry facilities and a self-serve convenience mart. Guests also have access to free EV charging stations and free on-site parking. Need to finalize a work project while in town? No problem! Uptown Suites Homestead has a rentable meeting space available and on-demand printing at the front desk.
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