24 OF THE BEST THINGS TO DO IN HOMESTEAD NEAR THE BASE
By Sarah Jaudon
IntroductionHomestead ARB and the surrounding area of Homestead offers suburban Miami living! This culturally diverse community, above average schools, and tropical weather makes this a great place to live. Here, you will never be bored or run out of ideas for things to do in your downtime. So, whether you have just received your Permanent Change of Station Travel Orders (PCS), or are in the process of moving, check out our list of the top things to do near Homestead ARB.
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COVID-19 NoticeDue to the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, many businesses, venues, and parks may be temporarily closed or operating under restricted hours. Many, if not all, of the ones listed here, are likely subject to such restrictions for the time being though new re-openings and closings occur all the time. Therefore, a place we mention here may not currently be open or available for the time being. Check individual websites provided in each section or call to find out each place’s current hours and situation.
24 of the Best Things To Do in Homestead Near Base
Homestead ARB Outdoor Recreation
1. Homestead MWR Outdoor RecreationBldg. 164 Homestead, FL 33039
Phone: 1 (786) 415-7092 The MWR (Morale, Welfare, & Recreation) offers kayak classes and tours to new bicycles and group riding tours. Homestead ARB's Outdoor Recreation office is focused on bringing new, exciting opportunities and changes to the ever-growing community of the base.
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2. Homestead Training Center11700 SW 304th St. Homestead, FL 33033
Phone: 1 (305) 224-1839 Homestead Training Center is South Florida's home for serious shooting, with 13 outdoor ranges that are tailored to foster professional training and sporting shooting events.
3. Homestead Air Reserve Park27401 SW New York Ave. Homestead, FL 33032
Phone: 1 (305) 257-0310 Homestead Air Reserve Park is a beautifully large park located right on the ocean. This park has so much to offer. Enjoy disc golf, walking trails, picnic tables, soccer fields and so much more.
4. Anhinga TrailHomestead, FL 33030
Phone: 1 (305) 242-7700 The Anhinga Trail is a short trail (about 0.4 miles) in the Everglades National Park. Located 4 miles from the park entrance, it starts at the Royal Palm Visitor Center. Abundant wildlife is visible from the trail, including alligators, turtles, anhingas, herons, and egrets. It is one of the most popular trails in the park.
5. Fruit and Spice Park24801 SW 187th Ave Homestead, FL 33031
Phone: 1 (305) 247-5727 37-acre botanical garden & park containing over 500 varieties of fruit, vegetables, spices & herbs. The Fruit & Spice Park was the realization of one woman’s vision to create a showcase for the rich agricultural bounty and heritage of the area known as Redland.
6. Henry's Sport Shooting Range31810 SW 228th Ave. Homestead, FL 33030
Phone: 1 (305) 394-2151 Henry's Sport Shooting Range is always open to the public. No reservations necessary, and always affordable. Stop in or call today for more information.
7. Black Point Marina Park24775 SW 87th Ave. Cutler Bay, FL 33032
Phone: 1 (305) 258-4092 Ideally located close to Biscayne National Park, Black Point Marina is a great starting point for fishing and diving expeditions. It has a dockside restaurant and bar, Ocean Grill Restaurant, large picnic pavilion and grill, bikeways, jogging trails, and a jetty which extends 1.5 miles into the Bay, enabling fishing enthusiasts to cast from shore.
Homestead ARB PoolsThere are no pools on base, however, the base does utilize the local YMCA Pool listed below.
8. Homestead YMCA Family Center PoolHarris Field Park 1034 NE 8th St. Homestead, FL 33030
Phone: 1 (305) 248-5189 The Homestead YMCA Pool offers fitness classes, swim lessons, after school care, sports, and camp. The YMCA helps build healthy families.
Homestead ARB Golf CourseThere are no golf courses located on base; below is a list of golf courses nearby.
9. Redland Golf & Country Club24451 SW 177th Ave. Homestead, FL 33031
Phone: 1 (305) 247-8503 Homestead, Redland Golf & Country Club is the place to be for a beautiful, 18-hole round of Florida golf. The club features a full-service pro shop, full banquet facility, restaurant, Ladies' and Men's Leagues and so much more. They are the proud home of The Homestead Amateur Golf Classic and Redland Junior Golf.
10. Palmetto Golf Course9300 SW 152nd St. Miami, FL 33157
Phone: 1 (305) 238-2922 Palmetto Golf Course is a Par-70 Championship Miami course, built on 121 acres. The golf club features an 18-hole course, plus practice facilities, a pro shop & mini golf.
11. Briar Bay Golf Course9373 SW 134th St Miami, FL 33176
Phone: 1 (305) 235-6667 Briar Bay Golf Course is a par-31 executive golf course, built on thirty acres, designed by Bruce Devlin and Robert Von Hagge. The course ambles west, north, east, west, south and finally east again as it winds its way back to the clubhouse.
Homestead ARB Gym
12. Fitness CenterBldg. 359 Homestead, FL 33039
Phone: 1 (786) 415-7091 All are welcome at the Fitness Center! Enjoy a great workout solo or in a group. Join the sports program, get a personal trainer, or join a group class. Stop by to pick up the new class schedule for fitness center hours or call the number above.
Homestead ARB Movie TheaterThere are no movie theaters on base; below is a nearby theater.
13. ShowBiz Cinemas100 S Krome Ave. Homestead, FL 33030
Phone: 1 (786) 634-6404 ShowBiz Cinemas is a great place for friends and families! Watch the latest movies in a large spacious theater with recliner seating, have a cocktail at the bar, play games in the arcade before the movie, then head over to the bowling alley. This is a great spot to bring a date or have a party, too.
14. Information, Tickets, & Travel (ITT)Bldg. 164 Homestead, FL 33039
Phone: 1 (786) 415-7092 For all your theme park, travel, and ticketing needs. Homestead ARB Information, Tickets, & Travel (ITT) has everything you need to plan your next vacation. For your discounted ticket prices stop by ITT located inside the Outdoor Recreation building or call the number above for more information.
15. Everglades Outpost Wildlife Refuge35601 SW 192nd Ave. Homestead, FL 33034
Phone: 1 (305) 247-8000 The refuge has shows about Florida wildlife, including non-venomous snakes, and alligator feeding. They also provide educational opportunities, including field experience trips, for school groups and civic groups. Take guided tours during which you can meet the animals they have rescued and learn about their individual stories.
16. Homestead-Miami SpeedwayOne Ralph Sanchez Speedway Blvd. Homestead, FL 33035
Phone: 1 (866) 409-7223 The Homestead Raceway is the ultimate place for NASCAR! You’ll have a blast at the container bar, pit box, infield beach party, champion’s club, you name it this speedway has it. Check out a race today!
17. Everglades Alligator Farm40351 SW 192nd Ave. Homestead, FL 33034
Phone: 1 (305) 247-2628 A trip to the Everglades Alligator Farm includes an exciting airboat tour of the surrounding river of grass, a walking trail around the farm to see the alligators, crocodiles, caimans, and wildlife, a great display of local and exotic snakes, and informational wildlife shows every hour.
18. Monkey Jungle14805 SW 216th St. Miami, FL 33170
Phone: 1 (305) 235-1611 Monkey Jungle is a one of a kind eco-show park and discovery center established in 1935 in a natural subtropical forest in southern Miami-Dade County. The Jungle wildlife live here much as they would in their native habitats, joining and interacting with their Guides during the regularly scheduled Eco-Shows.
19. Zoo Miami12400 SW 152nd St. Miami, FL 33177
Phone: 1 (305) 251-0400 Zoo Miami (also known as The Miami-Dade Zoological Park and Gardens) is the largest and oldest zoological garden in Florida and the only subtropical zoo in the continental United States.
20. Skyviews Miami Observation Wheel401 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL 33132
Phone: N/A Towering almost 200 feet above Bayside Marketplace, Skyviews Miami offers unparalleled views of Biscayne Bay, Bayfront Park, and the iconic Downtown Miami skyline. There are 42 completely enclosed and climate-controlled Gondolas, including one VIP Gondola featuring leather bucket seats, a custom LED light show, and a glass bottom floor.
21. Cape Florida Lighthouse1200 Crandon Blvd Key Biscayne, FL 33149
Phone: 1 (305) 361-5811 As the oldest structure in Miami-Dade, the lighthouse is a time capsule containing an immense amount of Florida history.
Homestead ARB Nearby Museums
22. The Coral Castle Museum28655 S Dixie Hwy. Homestead, FL 33033
Phone: 1 (305) 248-6345 The Coral Castle Museum invites you to tour the sculpture garden in stone, built by one man, Edward Leedskalnin. From 1923 to 1951, Ed single-handedly and secretly carved over 1,100 tons of coral rock, and his unknown process has created one of the world's most mysterious accomplishments. Open every day, the Coral Castle Museum welcomes visitors from around the world to explore this enchanting South Florida destination.
23. Gold Coast Railroad Museum12450 SW 152nd St. Miami, FL 33177
Phone: 1 (305) 253-0063 The Gold Coast Railroad Museum promotes historical trains and railroads. It houses over 30 historic trains including classic railroad cars like the Western Pacific "Silver Crescent" and engines like the Florida East Coast "113." The Museum strives to teach railroad history with the use of artifacts, movies, and railroading materials.
24. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens3251 S Miami Ave. Miami, FL 33129
Phone: 1 (305) 250-9133 Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is a National Historic Landmark preserving the Miami estate of James Deering to engage visitors in learning through the arts, history and the environment.
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ConclusionHomestead ARB offers quality living in a suburban Miami style. The warm, tropical weather, abundance of outdoor recreation, and local culture flair will give you plenty of things to do in Homestead near the base. So go ahead! Invite your neighbor to the museum, take your kids to see the alligator farm, seize that opportunity to explore Miami and all it has to offer!
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