The city of Homestead is about an hour southwest of Miami. It is often overlooked as a destination, and people tend to drive right through on their way to and from the Florida Keys. However, there are a lot of great places to visit in Homestead. In fact, we think it’s one of the best cities to visit in Florida because of its cute downtown, delicious restaurants, and many attractions. Let’s take a look at some of those top Homestead attractions, shall we?
Coral Castle is one of those wonderfully weird places in Florida that you just have to visit. The structures that make up Coral Castle were made by Edward Leedskalnin as a testimony to his undying love for a woman who did not love him back. Originally from Latvia, Edward was dumped by his fiancée Agnes a day before they were supposed to get married. He eventually settled in South Florida and began his passion project.
From 1923 to 1951, he worked on the many sculptures and the surrounding walls of Coral Castle. But being only 5 feet tall and weighing just over 100 pounds, no one could ever figure out how he did it. Some of the carvings weighed tons! It is still a mystery to this day and a place you just have to see for yourself.
Coral Castle is open Thursday through Sunday, from 9 AM to 6 PM. Admission is $18 for adults and $8 for children ages 7 to 12.
Schebly Redland’s Winery and Brewery
Schnebly’s started out as a winery and has continued to grow and expand over the years. They now have a restaurant and brewery, but my favorite reason to visit is their wine. Schnebly’s is probably one of the most unique wineries we’ve ever been to because they make their wine with all kinds of fruit, not just grapes or blueberries.
At Schnebly’s you’ll find wines made with passion fruit, lychee, mango, guava, coconut, and even avocado! We know that might sound strange, and you’re probably making a face right now as you read this, but trust me when I say their wines are delicious.
Tastings are $25 and includes your choice of 5 Schnebly Wines to try, plus a souvenir glass. Reservations are recommended, especially if you’re planning to visit during the weekend. Walk-ins are allowed, but you could be waiting a while. Schnebly’s also offers tours of the winery on Saturdays and Sundays for $16.
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Robert is Here
Another of the top places to visit in Homestead is the family-owned market called Robert is Here. They started out as a fruit stand on the side of the road and over the years have grown into one of Homestead’s top attractions. Besides rare and exotic fruits, they now also have an animal farm, play area, and live music on the weekends.
What they are most known for, however, are their milkshakes. They have all kinds of flavors and you can mix and match up to three. All milkshakes are made on the spot without any artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. They are absolutely delicious!
Robert is Here is open every day (except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day) from 9 AM to 6 PM.
Redland Market Village
A great way to experience a city like a local is by visiting its markets. Redland Market Village has been family owned and operated since 1987. Sitting on over 27 acres of land, visitors will find a farmers market, flea market, food trucks, and live entertainment.
Their farmers market is what really makes it one of the top places to visit in Homestead. You’ll discover fresh fruits, vegetables, honey, and spices that come from local farms. There’s also a fantastic fish market, where you can buy seafood that was caught just that morning.
The farmers market is open Thursday through Friday from 11 AM to 6 PM and Saturday through Sunday from 7 AM to 6PM. The flea market is open Saturday through Sunday from 7 AM to 6PM.
Fruit and Spice Park
The Fruit and Spice Park is on 37 acres and is the only tropical botanical garden of its kind in the United States. The park has over 500 varieties of exotic fruits, herbs, spices, and nuts from around the world. It’s really quite extraordinary to see so much incredible agriculture in one place.
Visitors can walk the grounds of the park or take a guided trolley tour. There are also classes and events held regularly. Comfortable shoes are recommended.
The Fruit and Spice Park is open every day (except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day) from 10 AM to 5 PM. Admission is $10 for adults and $3 for children ages 6 to 11.
As you can see, there are plenty of places to visit in Homestead. Besides the attractions mentioned, make sure to also spend some time in Homestead’s Historic Downtown. There are some great restaurants and shops as well as a small museum in the Town Hall building. So next time you’re in South Florida, be sure to spend some time in Homestead!
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Bio: Vicky Sosa is a Florida-based blogger traveling around the world with her stuffed monkey Buddy. Her website Buddy The Traveling Monkey provides useful travel tips, inspiration, and destination guides. Although she writes about her travels all over the world, she loves to focus on Florida and show how much more there is to the state than the typical tourist attractions. You can follow Vicky and Buddy’s adventures on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.