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What to explore in Hialeah

Escape the concrete jungle of Miami’s urban core and revel in Hialeah’s green space. The city’s got gorgeous parks and when you get too hot from frolicking around in the grass all day, you can cool off at the Bucky Dent Water Park. Outdoors not your thing? Swing by the AmerTec Building and ponder life while wondering how the heck this Gaudí-like edifice ended up in Hialeah.

Amelia Earhart Park

Who needs the beach? One day in Amelia Earhart Park will convince you that sand is for suckers. With biking trails, state-of-the-art soccer fields, a dog park, farming demonstrations, a pony rink, and a TREE FORT, it’s a full day of fun in the heart of Hialeah. Amelia Earhart is also home to a badass watersports facility on a 90-acre lake where you can try wakeboarding, kneeboarding wakesurfing, or waterskiing.

What they do: Park
Website: Visit Here
Price: Free, but parking is $7 on weekends. Watersports and bike rental prices vary.
Phone: 305-685-8389
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
Address: 401 E 65 Street, Hialeah, FL

AmerTec Building

What in the world is this strange, Antoni Gaudí-like edifice and what is it doing in Hialeah of all places? Answer: It use to be an architectural woodworking and store fixture manufacturing business owned by Amertec-Granada, Inc., but today, it has a new owner and is solely used for storage. Just like Miami, it’s magical and complex, and definitely something worth experiencing if your ever in the area.

What they do: historical building, architecture, landmark
Website: Visit Here
Address: 149 W 21st St

Babalu Kafe

This place doesn’t even have a website. You just have to know what’s up. It serves delicious traditional Cuban food, but it’s not the food that makes it memorable, it’s the weekends. After 8 p.m., it’s LIT. The lights dim, a DJ starts to spin, and this chill little restaurant becomes something altogether different, with strong, cheap drinks and Latin music spinning until late. Some Friday nights you can also catch a damn good drag show. Dale.

*Reader’s suggestion

What they do: Night club
Website: Visit Here
Price: $8-$14
Phone: 305-603-9170
Hours: Friday, 8 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Saturday, 8 p.m. to 4 a.m.
Sunday, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Address: 5396 W 12th Ave

Bucky Dent Water Park

If you were ever a kid in Hialeah, then you’ve spent plenty of hot Miami summer days at Bucky Dent. This public pool and all around bad ass water park nestled in the middle of Hialeah is perfect for bringing your kids, your little cousins, or friends visiting from out of town. It’s a water park for all ages but without the annoying tourists, overpriced snacks and super long lines. There’s no need to travel to Rapids Water Park when Hialeah is right there.

*Reader’s suggestion

What they do: Water park
Website: Visit Here
Price: None
Phone: 305-818-2990
Hours: Monday to Tuesday, 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday to Thursday, Closed
Friday to Sunday, 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Address: 2240 West 60th Street

Garden of the Arts

It’s like a museum, but totally outdoors. Garden of the Arts is a beautiful new park in Hialeah, with paved walking trails that wind through lush foliage dotted with murals, monuments, and sculptures. The park also has an amphitheater for live outdoor music performances and it’s started hosting community events like yoga in the park. It’s worth a visit, perhaps with a Cuban coffee in hand.

What they do: Park, garden
Website: Visit Here
Price: Free
Hours: Everyday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Address: 1700-1798 W 76th St.

Hialeah Park Racing and Casino

Hialeah Park was once the winter horse racing hotspot for the rich, famous, and sun-starved (read our story about that). Winston Churchill hung out here in its prime. Its fortunes faded after the mid-20th century, but now the park is making a comeback with quarter horse racing, a casino, and a $60 million renovation. It’s worth a trip just to take in the historic atmosphere and relive a bygone era of Hialeah awesomeness.

What they do: Casino, racetrack, historical landmark
Website: Visit Here
Price: INFINITY
Phone: 305-885-8000
Hours: Sunday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 a.m.
Friday and Saturday, open 24 hours
Address: 100 E 32nd St., Hialeah

Leah Arts District

The Leah Arts District was created just over a year ago by Councilman Paul Hernandez and JennyLee Molina (of 305 Cafecito fame). It still hosts a hodge-podge of classic Hialeah thrift stores, but it’s also now been transformed into a live/work space for local artists and an event venue to promote local art and culture. With excellent programming all year long, from movie nights to block parties, you won’t want to miss out on this new wave of Hialeah culture. Check out upcoming events here.

What they do: Neighborhood District
Website: Visit Here
Address: 1055 E 15th St, Hialeah, FL 33010

Milander Center

Few other places in Miami are home to a football field, art gallery, and Olympic-sized swimming pool. Milander has it all — even a 22-foot boat that 15 Cubans used to travel to Miami last October. Because Hialeah? They’re becoming a venue for all kinds of great arts and culture events, so keep an eye on their calendar.

What they do: Community center
Phone: 305-827-0681
Hours: Daily, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Address: 4800 Palm Ave Hialeah, FL