There are about a million and a half different ways you can spend time in South Dade. We pulled some of our favorites for each time of day, and put them down here for you to mix and match to form your perfect day. Get out there, Miami! You can find all the details in our neighborhood guide.
If you’re a real early bird:
For all but the earliest risers, the morning fuel-up comes first.
If your morning go-to is a healthy juice, head to Glaser Organic Farms, where you can get all kinds of cold-pressed juices to start your day off right. You can snag some vegan treats to go with it while you’re there.
If this is a treat yo’self kind of morning, obviously you’re headed to Knaus Berry Farm for ooey, gooey cinnamon rolls. Get there early enough and you might not have to wait in line.
After that, it’s time to get moving.
If you want to get your adrenaline pumping, check out the Homestead-Miami Speedway. It’s oddly thrilling even on the sidelines. Bring earplugs.
If you’re a nature or animal lover, check out R.F. Orchids for a bajillion beautiful orchid varieties or the Everglades Outpost Wildlife Rescue to visit with exotic rescue animals. (ZooMiami is a good runner up, especially if you’ve got kiddies in tow.)
After all that activity, you probably need to cool down.
If you’re down for quirky flavors like mango chile, then you should head to La Michoacana for their bomb paletas.
If you’re feeling like an American classic, hit up Burr’s Berry Farm for a strawberry milkshake or Robert is Here for a milkshake with pretty much any fruit in the world. (Repeat visits in a day are allowed, we say.)
If you’re looking to booze a bit, pop into Schnebly Redland’s Winery to taste tropical wines like avocado and guava or enjoy some brews from Miami Brewing Company on their lush grounds.
Alright, you’ve earned some chill time.
If you want to spot some animals, take a stroll down the Anhinga Trail in the Everglades and watch the sun set over the sawgrass.
If you’re more about that saltwater life, head to the gorgeous Charles Deering Estate, where you can stroll the grounds and watch the Bay turn purply-pink as the sun sets to the west.
If you’re all about that open road, you can just get in your car, roll down the windows, and enjoy driving the quiet roads while the sun sets to the west.
If you want to linger a little longer, there’s dinner.
If you bemoan the lack of good barbecue on the regular, you can’t head back north without stopping at Shiver’s for some pulled pork and fried pickles.
If you skipped Mexican this morning – or even if you didn’t, because we totally endorse repeat visits to these spots – you shouldn’t leave South Dade without getting tacos at Taqueria Morelia or Puerto Vallarta or El Toro Taco. That last one is BYOB.
If you’re over farmland and sawgrass, you can head to Black Point Ocean Grill at the Black Point Marina for a seafood dinner and jam bands.