Today’s to-do: Homestead hotspots

Want to swim with alligators? There’s a tank with your name on it in Homestead. If that’s not your jam, get some actual jam at this permanent fruit stand. 

1. Where to go to see a castle
Coral Castle Museum
28655 South Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL 33033
Transit Stop: 10 min. walk from Busway & SW 280 St.; Bus routes 34, 38
One dude nearly a century ago carved 1,100 tons of coral rock, and no one knows how he did it. Ed was 5 feet tall, weighed just 100 pounds, and in less than three decades cut all that coral using only hand tools. See the magnificent carvings in person and learn about Ed. Also learn about the lost love that inspired his life’s work. 


2. Where to go to eat something exotic
Robert Is Here
19200 SW. 344th St., Homestead, FL 33034
Transit Stop: 10 min. walk from W Palm Dr. & SW 187 Ave.; Bus routes 35, 344
A former fruit stand is now a full-on destination for exotic fruits and one-of-a-kind flavors grown right here in Homestead. Explore rare finds like a black sapote, also known as a chocolate fruit because it tastes like chocolate pudding. Also load up on jackfruit, dragon fruit, kumquat, and whatever else is available when you visit. Since fruit options change with the season, you’ll experience different options every time you go.


3. Where to see a live show
Seminole Theatre
18 N Krome Ave., Homestead, FL 33030
Transit Stop: 5 min. walk from Busway & NE 2 Dr.; Bus routes 34, 38
This music, dance, and education theater gives you an opportunity to experience performing arts right in your community. Even though it originally opened in 1921, it was almost completely leveled by Hurricane Andrew. It reopened in 2015, and now you can see musicals, comedy shows, and other performances there.


4. Where to swim with alligators
Everglades Outpost Wildlife Refuge
35601 SW 192nd Ave., Homestead, FL 33034
Transit Stop: 12 min. walk from SW 192 Ave. & # 36590; Bus route 244
Plenty of tours around Florida will show you gators. Some will even let you pet one. But what about swimming with them? The Everglades Outpost Wildlife Refuge rescues wildlife, rehabilitates them, and then releases them into the wild. But this nonprofit offers so much more, including a 30,000 gallon aquatic habitat where you can swim with the gators. 


By The New Tropic Creative Studio
The WhereBy.Us Creative Studio helps clients big and small engage locals, through campaigns that use creative marketing, storytelling, events, and activations to build community, conversation, and impact.