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    oleta state park

    by doug48 Written Oct 13, 2012

    oleta state park is located on north biscayne bay in north miami. this urban park is an oasis in the heart of the north miami beach area. the park offers bicycling and hiking trails, swimming, fishing, picnic areas and over night cabin rental. for those interested in nature the park is located in a mangrove forest. oleta state park is a nice place to get away from the traffic and congestion of north miami.

    oleta state park biscayne bay picnic shelter
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    • Fishing
    • Cycling

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    Wine Tasting in Downtown Miami

    by GracesTrips Updated Jul 18, 2012

    I'm always on the look out for a wine tasting hang out. I happened upon this place as I was walking towards the Museum of Art. I rode the inner loop metromover from our hotel and took the Miami Avenue exit. Just a few steps was Kork. The wine selection was small but Cecil, bartender, was friendly and talkative. I wouldn't say he was knowledgeable because he doesn't drink. Great decor! They have wine, beer and cheese. Check their calendar for events.

    Located at:
    2 South Miami Ave
    Miami, Fl 33130

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    • Beer Tasting
    • Wine Tasting

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    Vinos in the Grove

    by GracesTrips Written Jul 17, 2012

    Nice little wine shop in Coconut Grove, about 6 miles south of downtown Miami. A good variety of wines to taste by the glass and bottles of wine to purchase.

    Located at:
    2301 SW 27th Lane
    Miami, FL 33133

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    deering estate

    by doug48 Updated Sep 12, 2011

    the charles deering estate is located on biscayne bay in the village of cutler florida. charles deering was the first chairman of the board of the international harvester company. in 1916 deering bought richmond cottage and 444 acres on biscayne bay for his winter retreat. in 1921 he built a spanish style mansion on this site. an interesting site to visit for those interested in florida history, nature, and architecture. for more information see my homestead florida page.
    the deering estate is located at 16701 s.w. 72 nd ave. cutler florida.

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    • Eco-Tourism
    • Historical Travel

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    coral castle

    by doug48 Written Sep 12, 2011

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    the coral castle is one of the most unusual tourist attractions in the state of florida. the castle was built by latvian eccentric edward "ed" leedskalnin between 1923 and 1940. the original castle was built in florida city and ed moved it to homestead in 1936. the castle is a collection of massive coral stone sculptures that ed created using simple hand tools. for more information and a virtual tour of the castle see my homestead florida page.
    the coral castle is located at 28655 south dixie highway (US 1). in homestead.

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    Matheson Hammock State Park

    by goingsolo Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Matheson is the oldest state park in Florida.The outdoors is not a popular pursuit in Miami, unless you count lying on the beach and baking your skin or shopping at the mall as outdoor pursuits. For this reason, Matheson is generally uncrowded and usually virtually empty. The few who visit head for the marina area and miss some of the nicest places in this small park. There is a practically secluded lake where swimming isn't allowed but which is great for bird watching and picnicing. Several short trails in the area lead away from the congestion and into small forests. You won't find any mountains or wildlife, but its a good place to get away from it all.

    Matheson is located in south miami, off Old Cutler Road.

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    Fort Dallas circa 1844

    by pulgaron Written Aug 23, 2007

    Fort Dallas (William English Plantation)
    Lummus Park, 404 NW 3rd Street
    Year Built: circa 1844
    Architect/Builder: Unknown
    This native oolitic limestone building was constructed around 1844 as slave quarters on William English's plantation located near the mouth of the Miami River. The building served as a U .S. Army barracks after Fort Dallas was reestablished here in 1849 and 1855 during the Second and Third Seminole Wars. Moved to Lummus Park in 1925, Fort Dallas is one of only two surviving buildings from Miami's pioneer era, the other being the William Wagner House, also located in Lummus Park.
    Fort Dallas (William English Plantation) is significant as a reflection of settlement
    and military occupation along the Miami River during the mid-nineteenth century
    and for its association with William English, one of Dade County’s early pioneers.
    The building is also an outstanding example of early masonry vernacular
    architecture and is one of only two buildings from this era to survive.
    William English came to the Miami River in 1842 at the close of the Second
    Seminole War after purchasing a tract of land from his uncle, Richard Fitzpatrick,
    for $16,000. Envisioning a new town here, English laid out the “Village of Miami” on
    the south bank of the Miami River and began to sell lots. English also established
    his own plantation on the River and sometime prior to 1844 began the
    construction of a stone residence and slave quarters. English, however, left Miami
    in 1849 to follow the California Gold Rush.

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    • Architecture

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    The Oldest House in Dade County

    by pulgaron Written Aug 23, 2007

    A unique reflection of Miami's antebellum era, the William Wagner House is the oldest known house in Miami-Dade County. This traditional frontier home was built of hand-hewn lumber with mortise and tenon joints; milled lumber was later added to the exterior. Wagner, one of the area's first permanent residents, operated a sutler's store near the original location of Fort Dallas. In 1979, the building was relocated to Lummus Park, which is also the site of the relocated barracks building from Fort Dallas.
    William Wagner House
    Lummus Park, 404 NW 3rd Street
    Years Built: 1855-1858
    Builder: William Wagner

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    French Chateau Historical Landmark

    by pulgaron Updated Aug 23, 2007

    Built in 1931 as a personal residence, Petit Douy is an outstanding example of Period Revival style architecture and is Miami’s only known example of a French chateau.
    Petit Douy is a reflection of the widespread American penchant during the first
    third of the twentieth century for the architecture of an earlier period. In Miami,
    this trend can be seen most typically in the Spanish and Mediterranean Revival
    buildings which reflect the City’s heritage. There are also examples of other styles
    which had never been seen in South Florida, such as English Tudor and Dutch
    Colonial. Petit Douy, however, is unique in the City’s collection of Period Revival
    style residences. Patterned after the fourteenth century Priory, St. Julienne in Douy,
    France, Petit Douy is Miami’s only known French chateau.
    The outstanding craftsmanship and detailing of Petit Douy are evident throughout
    the building. Of particular note are the two octagonal towers with tent roofs,
    parapet gable roof and dormers, crenellated garage roof, and trefoil arch
    windows with leaded or stained glass.
    Petit Douy is also significant for its association with John and Ethel Murrel. John
    Murrell, who came to Miami in 1921 served as George Merrick’s attorney and also
    represented other pioneer families, including the Brickells. Mr. Murrell founded the
    Miami Humane Society and instigated the successful use of teams of black and
    white officers in the Miami Police Department.
    The architect for Petit Douy was Martin L. Hampton, a noted Miami architect.
    Hampton was part of a group of architects collaborating with George Merrick in
    the creation of Coral Gables. Hampton also had an extensive practice in Miami
    Beach and designed such buildings as the Old Miami Beach City Hall, the Embassy
    Hotel, and numerous private residences. The contractor for Petit Douy was J. W. Hunt.The chateau currently houses an oncology clinic.

    Le Petit Douy Octagonal tower
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    MTV!

    by aero198 Written Nov 14, 2005

    Thanks to Kari, (Inge's sister) we got a tour through the MTV's headquearters in Miami! It was awesome, would love to have a workspot like that, with a flat TV in my desk :)
    I met MTV's moon man!!! look at the pic!

    Thank you Kari for the tour!

    Me & MTV?s moon man! Kari's desktop Me @ Nickelodeon MTV Stan @ the editing room
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  • Not-So-Healthy Local Fare

    by CanuckMark Written Apr 27, 2004

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    If you want to try something that very few people outside of the US have ever tried, then make your way towards a Krispy Kreme doughnut store and sample some of the doughnuts just as they pop out of the machines.

    Eating Krispy Kreme doughnuts while still warm is a memorable, if not painful, experience. The distinct and unique sensation that you will feel afterwards serves as a convenient and free tourist momento of this occassion.

    If after 6 doughnuts you don't feel full, stop and wait 10 minutes. As the doughnuts finish baking within you, you suddenly get the feeling of being very, very full.

    Fun for the whole family.

    The Sign of Evil...

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  • Fit For Dogs

    by CanuckMark Written Apr 27, 2004

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    Things exist in Miami which do not exist in many other places of the world.

    I stumbled upon this vendor while exploring the outdoor displays of the Coconut Grove Art Festival.

    As you can see, the vendor makes custom designed hats and leash ensembles for dogs.

    Don't laugh. I observed this stall for a few minutes, and the vendor was doing excellent business. Apparently, hats for dogs are very popular in Miami.

    I bought two.

    The Live Models...

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    Local Hang Out To Relax.

    by darkange1 Written Jan 10, 2004

    I dont think tourist know about this area located in the heart of Miami Lakes on Main Street .
    It is more of a place were families and friends from the area go to hang out.

    I think Main street is perfect if you are in the area because it is a place were you could relax . In the center of main street their is a water fountain were you could sit down by and eat your Ice cream.

    They have a Movie Theater that gets very busy on the weekends so go before 8pm.

    good food from jonny rockets to a pizza place right outside of the theater.

    it also includes the Don shula hotel so I guess tourist do go there.(aight food).

    main street ,Miami Lakes,Florida

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