Clubbing, new clothes, Cuban bread and mojitos—Miami can get expensive! Here are some great ways to enjoy spending time in the city, whether you’re visiting or live around the corner.
Pinecrest Gardens is a 14-acre green space located on the former grounds of Parrot Jungle. It offers beautiful tropical landscapes with banyan trees, green grass, and flowers. There are streams, a playground, a butterfly exhibit, and a water park for children ages two through twelve. There are many picnic tables throughout the park. The garden often hosts free movie nights. It also holds dance and musical performances that cost money in its Banyan Bowl. Entrance to the gardens itself is free. Pinecrest Gardens is located in the Village of Pinecrest, southeast of Miami.
The Barnacle Historic State Park
The Barnacle Historic State Park is a wildlife refuge and historic site. It has many picnic tables and a view of the water. The park sits on the shore of Biscayne Bay. Local and migratory birds can be spotted at the water’s edge and in the hardwood hammock forest around the main house. The house, built in 1891, contains original furniture and maritime artifacts owned by Florida pioneer Commodore Ralph Munroe. There is a $1 suggested donation fee to enter the park and a $3 tour fee for each adult for a ranger-led tour of the house. The Barnacle regularly hosts free events such as arts festivals. The park also holds concerts and dances that may cost money. The Barnacle Historic State Park is located in Coconut Grove, southeast of Miami.
Bakehouse Art Complex
The Bakehouse Art Complex (BAC) is a large art gallery that displays the works of more than 70 contemporary artists. There is no charge for parking or to browse the exhibits. BAC is open to the public every afternoon. The complex holds opening receptions, featuring live music and an open wine bar, on the second Friday of every month. BAC contains space for over 60 artist studios. There are often low-cost drawing and painting workshops held in the afternoon. The Bakehouse Art Complex is located in Miami’s Design District at 561 NW 32nd Street.