Behind every exciting city is years of history, and Miami’s shouldn’t be overlooked. Whilst you’re probably taking a trip to Miami for the beaches, nightlife or shopping, you really should leave at least one day out to explore the many sites that are to be enjoyed. Holiday Genie has recommended the best places historical sites that you shouldn’t definitely make time to see.
Ancient Spanish Monastery
It is reported that the Ancient Spanish Monastery located in North Miami Beach is in fact the oldest building in the Western Hemisphere which is an extremely impressive title to hold. This historical gem hasn’t always been located in Florida however; it was previously built in Spain back in 1141. It was brought to Miami in 1952 by William Randolph Hearst and reassembled the iconic monastery which is now what tourists can explore at this historical site. Click to read more about this site here.
Art Deco Historic District
The Ancient Spanish Monastery isn’t the only impressive title-holder on Miami Beach as it is also home to the Art Deco Historic District which is the winner of the largest collection in the WORLD of Art Deco. This Miami historic district features more than 800 historic buildings with a wide variety of stunning architecture dating back as far as 1920s. Whether you want to walk around the iconic area, or delve a little deeper and enjoy a walking tour with a professional guide is completely up to you. All you need to know is that this is the ultimate place to see Old Miami.
The moving and inspiring Holocaust Memorial is one of many around the world and was built in tribute to the 6 million Jewish victims. This really is an emotional memorial and you can find images of the death camps, a photographic mural and a Memorial Wall with the names of all the victims. Admission is free and this historic site in Miami really will be an emotional journey back through time to remember the victims. It’s definitely a must-see on Miami Beach. Guided tours are also available, click here for more information.
Cauley Square Historic Village
Take a trip back in time to Cauley Square Historic Village and you’ll quickly discover the history of Miami and what it looked like before it became the modern and trendy city we know it as today. The small colourful cottages have been restoring old antiques and selling them on in their own historic boutiques. It is a wonderful area to walk around with well-kept gardens and beautiful scenery good enough for a romantic wedding. It really is a hidden treasure and a great way to escape the modern day and head back in time.
Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
What originally was planned to be Charles Deering dream home back in 1916 before he died, has seen been perfectly executed by designers to represent his adventurous lifestyle and ambitious home planning he had hoped to live to see. Both the main house and the gardens have a spectacular history that we simply wouldn’t want to spoil and it is one of the most historic sites in Miami. As well as the history, it really is an architectural delight and exploring the Renaissance-inspired estate will be perfect for an afternoon in the sun. Check it out here.
There are many more historic homes and ways to experience nostalgia of Old Florida, and although Miami is known for being hip and trendy, there are still hidden treasures boasting the incredibly history that belongs here.