Things To Do

Here is your south Miami-Dade bucket list. Check off at least a few of them now that it’s ‘winter’

Customers line up for milkshakes at Robert is Here. Trust us. It's worth the wait.
Customers line up for milkshakes at Robert is Here. Trust us. It's worth the wait. The Washington Post

We all know that the center of the Miami universe is Wynwood. Or Brickell. Or the Design District. Maybe even Miami Beach. (Some might even say it is Kendall, but they are nuts.)

OK, so we don’t actually know where the center of the Miami universe is. We’re clueless. What we do know is that nobody would ever say it’s in south Miami-Dade.

And that is a mistake.

The southernmost part of the county is exceptional. It’s Real Florida. (No. Wood Tavern is not Real Florida.) There is agriculture and attractions. There’s even a winery, if you’re super brave and don’t mind a little lychee in your adult beverage (some do).

We even think there are a few places you need to visit in south Miami-Dade before you die.

Coral Castle

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Carved from 1,100 tons of coral rock by a spurned Latvian romantic, this retro Florida attraction is a monument to either the perseverance of true love or the insanity of obsessing over a woman who’s way too young for you.

Coral Castle: 28655 South Dixie Highway, Homestead

Read more: Coral Castle is Miami’s creepiest, coolest attraction

Robert is Here

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We recommend strawberry and key lime.

This produce mecca sells fruits, vegetables, jams, honey and hot sauce, relishes and marinades and every kind of edible souvenir (except that kind). But the main attraction is the crazy good shakes. We’re addicted to strawberry key lime, and there are plenty of basic flavors (pineapple, banana, coconut). But the menu also includes uncharted territory: tamarind, sapodilla and guava. Want to really get fancy? Go for the guanabana.

Robert is Here: 19200 SW 344th St., Homestead

Knaus Berry Farm

People, you can get a cinnamon roll shake. I repeat: A CINNAMON ROLL SHAKE. You can also get cinnamon rolls. You can get other stuff, too, but we can never look away from the rolls long enough to order anything else.Pro tip: Expect a long line on the weekend and remember that Knaus isn’t open on Sundays.Knaus Berry Farm: 15980 SW 248th St., Homestead

Read more: Here’s how to win at cinnamon rolls at Knaus Berry Farm

Redland Village Market

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Redland Village Market: 22420 South Dixie Highway, Homestead

Read more: Redland Village Market is gigantic, has everything – and is just a little weird

Fruit & Spice Park

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This is so old-school it’s just trees. Walk or take a tram ride.

Fruit & Spice Park: 24801 SW 187th Ave., Homestead

 Read more: Fruit & Spice Park has lots of trees and not much else. That’s why it’s so great.

Schnebly Redland’s Winery

The wine-tasting bar at Schnebly’s Winery in the Redland.
The wine-tasting bar at Schnebly's Winery in the Redland. Marjie Lambert / Miami Herald St

OK, so the wine isn’t made from actual grapes but tropical fruit like lychees, avocado and – shudder – mangoes. Feeling brave? Head over to the tasting room. There’s also beer.

Schnebly Redland Winery: 30205 SW 217th Ave., Homestead

Read more: Here’s where to taste wine every day of the week in Miami

Those glorious Kendall strip malls

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Nobody does strip malls like Kendall.

Read more: We rated Kendall’s greatest strip malls. Because it needed to be done.

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