Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood is known all over the world for its street art and murals. It’s a must-see for anyone visiting Miami.
The History of Wynwood
The Wynwood neighborhood wasn’t always what it is now. It started off as a neighborhood for middle-class families, but when a highway was built nearby, those families left and only the poor remained. Over the next few decades, the neighborhood became rundown and unsafe, with many of its warehouses abandoned.
Then in the early 2000s, Wynwood caught the eyes of developers. Art galleries started springing up, moving south from the much more expensive neighborhood known as the Design District. And Tony Goldman, also responsible for the transformation of Miami Beach, started purchasing warehouses and inviting artists from all over the world to paint murals on them.
Since then, Wynwood has thrived. New commercial areas and high rise condos have been built. There are breweries, bars, and restaurants. And street art covers every building.
Wynwood Street Art
Literally every building in Wynwood has some kind of street art. Light poles, fire hydrants, and sidewalks are covered as well. And what we love the most about this art is that it is done by people from all over the world and it is constantly changing. So even if you go back just a few months later, you’re guaranteed to see a new piece of artwork.
Visitors have a few options when it comes to exploring Wynwood. There are guided tours, there’s a monthly art walk every second Saturday of the month, or you could just go up and down the streets at your own pace. Because it is a large neighborhood when we visit we tend to drive up and down in our car. You don’t have to worry about parking, and you’re in AC. It’s a win, win!
Additional Information for Visiting:
- It doesn’t cost anything to explore Wynwood. In fact, it’s one of our favorite free things to do in Miami.
- There aren’t many parking lots in Wynwood; it’s all street parking and you’ll need to download the PayByPhone app to pay for parking. It’s easy and should only take a few minutes.
- If you’re walking around, wear comfortable shoes and be conscious of the weather. It can go from blistering sunshine to monsoon rains in only a matter of minutes.
- There are plenty of restaurants and cafes in the area. We personally recommend Coyo Taco and Miami.
We hope that the next time you are in Miami, you’ll consider a visit to Wynwood. It’s an eclectic and dynamic neighborhood full of vibrant street art, galleries, and unique eateries.
Article was written by Vicky Sosa or Buddy the Traveling Monkey
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