Once an industrial wasteland with run-down warehouses, Wynwood is now one of the trendiest areas in Miami Now, the Wynwood streets are covered in fantastic art, trendy shops and restaurants, and quirky hangouts. Here is a quick look at the best things to do in Wynwood, Miami, such as taking a Wynwood Art Walk, visiting the Museum of Graffiti, cooling down with delicious ice cream in Wynwood, and exploring other places to eat in Wynwood. The Miami Street Art District is a great neighbourhood with a cool vibe that will entrance both adults and kids.
Things to do in Wynwood Miami
You will not be disappointed if you are wondering about what to do in Wynwood, the Miami graffiti district that is one of the most eclectic neighbourhoods in any city anywhere. Although there is plenty of art, Wynwood Miami things to do include trying out great craft beer and messing around with automatic machine guns.
Museum of Graffiti
The street art in and around Wynwood is one of the main attractions to the area, with just about every surface of the district being covered with captivating works of art.
The Museum of Graffiti has indoor exhibits and art collections as well as several outdoor murals showcasing talent from all across the globe. You can even try your hand at some spray painting with a beginner graffiti class or attend a talk from one of Miami’s finest street artists.
One of Miami’s foremost architecture firms has transformed a brutalist mix-use space into a design marvel that is now a main feature in the streets of Wynwood. The Garage has retail spaces on the bottom floor and offices on the top floor and the intermediate levels houses public parking.
The building’s exterior is unlike any other, with free-form shapes covering the façade. The building takes on a new look from every angle and also transforms from night to day.
Address: 311 NW 26th St, Miami, FL
Opened in 2009,Wynwood Walls is an outdoor street art museum that is a must-see in this area, especially if you are looking for Instagram-worthy destinations in Miami. Local developer, Tony Goldman, created the Wynwood Walls as a way to transform the abandoned warehouse buildings into something that would grow and expand into Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood.
Among the most famous murals at Wynwood Walls are those by international artists like Eduardo Kobra (whose colourful work we saw in Sao Paulo in Brazil).
Another noted street artist is Shepard Fairey, who designed Obama’s Hope poster. The Peter Tunney Experience is a gallery showcasing the artist’s work.
There is an admission fee for entry but children under 12 are free. Entrance gets you access to the galleries on site as well as the parking lot. The Wynwood Walls Shop is the gift shop for this attraction and a great place to buy souvenirs and gifts from Miami. Plus, you will be supporting local artists!
Address: 266 NW 26th St, Miami, FL
Wynwood Street Art
Miami’s Wynwood neighbourhood is adorned with thousands of murals and artworks creating a mazelike playground of canvasses that art lovers will adore. The street art is a combination of both local artists on the fly and famous street artists who have been commissioned to put their stamp on Wynwood.
The vibrant Miami Art District murals are everywhere. You don’t need to go to a specific place like in Houston where the street art is more in clusters. Like street art everywhere, new murals pop up constantly.
Wynwood Art Walk
Book a Wynwood art walk Miami to make sure you hit every major piece and hear the stories behind the Wynwood Miami street art. You can even take a combination walking tour of the street art as well as the Wynwood foodie scene through Miami Culinary Tours.
There are also tour guides who do tours on e-scooters or in a golf cart. Similar to our tour of Street Art in Shoreditch in London, some tours give you the opportunity to try your hand at some graffiti art.
Although there is graffiti and murals in many places, the scale and scope of the Miami Graffiti district make it unique experience.
Lock & Load Miami
Seen Scarface one too many times? Say hello to your little friend at Lock & Load Miami, where you can shoot automatic machine guns at a firing range.
Lock & Load Miami is open to both locals (for whom shooting guns is probably no big deal) and international visitors. For example, handguns are illegal in the UK never mind machine guns.
International visitors can join in this uniquely American experience with passport ID. Children have to be 10 or older and with a parent in order to fire machine guns.
There’s also a small museum with a collection of historical firearms and large projectiles like missiles and rocket launchers.
Address: 2545 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL
When night falls, Wynwood becomes the alternative party capital of Miami with masses of eclectic eateries, bars, and nightclubs being flooded with revelers. Come for the vibrant murals, stay for the party.
Examples of the Miami party scene at Wynwood include:
- Gramps is one of the best-known names in the area for cocktails and craft beer and their Moscow Mule is hands down the best in the city.
- Rácket is an upscale cocktail bar and lounge with an industrial feel.
- Miami’s great weather makes this the best place to enjoy a cool rooftop bar like Astra.
You won’t have to look hard to find an exciting nightlife spot in Wynwood including fun places with live music.
Craft Beer Crawl
You can do an organised craft beer tour in Miami (such as with Miami Brew Bus). Alternatively, do your own DIY craft beer crawl (all of the craft breweries in Wynwood listed below are within easy walking distance of each other).
The first craft brewery in Miami, Wynwood Brewing Company, this family-owned business has award-winning craft beer. Their flagship beer, La Rubia Blonde, is made to complement the hot Miami climate.
J.Wakefield Brewing combines great beer and a Star Wars theme. Veza Sur Brewery reflects a Latin-American influence and Cerveceria Tropical a Cuban feel.
Addresses: (Wynwood Brewing) 565 NW 24th St, Miami FL; (J.Wakefield)120 NW 24th St, Miami, FL; (Veza Sur) 55 NW 25th St, Miami FL; (Cerveceria Tropical) 42 NE 25th St, Miami FL
Fun Things To Do in Wynwood For Families
If you are travelling with children, you may need a break from street art. These two activities are suitable for children. When you are ready to eat, we suggest you hit one of the food trucks or food halls listed below under places to eat in Wynwood for casual fare.
A family entertainment center, FunDimension is located within a 15,000 square feet climate-controlled facility. This old fashioned arcade meets futuristic gaming center includes an indoor playground, laser tag, bumper cars, rock climbing walls, 7D theater, virtual reality attractions and indoor arcade games.
There’s also a family-friendly restaurant on site. Parents can hang out and enjoy a beer while their kids play. Activities can either be priced separately or in packaged groups so there is flexibility on the amount of time you spend at FunDimension.
Address: 2129 NW 1st Ct, Miami, FL
Original Selfie Museum
Another place that will make your teens happy is the Original Selfie Museum. Take all the selfies you want in this photography studio which has assorted backdrops, photo booths and art installations where YOU get to be the masterpiece.
There is an admission price which includes 1 hour of selfie time and the use of their props, ring lights, tripods etc.
Address: 179 NW 25th St, Miami, FL
Things To Do Near Wynwood Miami
One of the best times to visit Wynwood Miami is during the contemporary art fair, Art Basel. Art Basel is held in nearby Miami Beach. All of Miami’s art scene is popping for Art Basel including Wynwood. Art Miami also happens at the same time, with Art Basel as the cornerstone, for all the art fair events in town.
Miami Beach is about 4 miles away from Wynwood across the Macarthur Causeway over Biscayne Bay. Miami Beach is also the closest beach to Wynwood.
The Shops at Midtown Miami
The Shops at Midtown Miami, includes a giant Target store and lots of other mid-end national stores and restaurants. It’s supposed to mimic New York City’s Soho area.
If you want to stay near Wynwood Miami, the best of the Miami hotels are in Midtown Miam. Check out the Marriott AC Hotel or the Hyde Midtown Miami. Wynwood itself seems to be mainly rental accommodation, not hotels.
Miami Design District
North of Wynwood, Miami Design District is another place that has great stores and art galleries for shopping/browsing. Two great museums in the area are the Institute of Contemporary Art and the Haitian Heritage Museum. For graffiti, Miami Wynwood is the place to go but Miami Design District also has a fair few murals of its own.
Little Havana is only a few miles southwest of Wynwood. Things to do in Little Haven include taking a Cuban food tour, eating great Cuban food and people watching on Calle Ocho. Although Little Havana is another hotspot for graffiti, Wynwood it is not in terms of street murals.
South of Wynwood, downtown Miami is full of shops like the Bayside Marketplace, restaurants and museums. Among the world-class institutions in Downtown Miami are the Perez Art Museum Miami and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.
Places to eat in Wynwood
There is no shortage of places to eat in Wynwood, ranging from casual food trucks to some of the best restaurants in Miami. Head to one of these out-of-the-box eateries to satisfy your cravings or explore something new and exciting.
Can’t decide what you are in the mood for? Venture out to one of Wynwood’s food truck parks to savor a little bit of everything while enjoying the vibrant outdoor spaces of the Miami mural district.
The latest addition to the foodie scene, Smorgasburg, is one of the largest outdoor food markets in the country. Opened in 2022 in Miami , Smorgasburg has dozen of food stalls that are open on Saturday afternoons.
Wynwood Marketplace is a collection of food trucks and cocktail bars as well as art galleries and craft vendors.
Addresses: (Smorgasburg) 2600 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL; (Wynwood Marketplace) 2250 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL
Restaurants in Wynwood
The restaurants in Wynwood are some of the best in Miami. The Wynwoodfood scene is as diverse as the street art it is famous for.
Jamaican flavors and laid-back vibes await you at Dukanoo Wynwood. Jerk dishes, oxtail, fried chicken, and curry are but a few of the mouth-watering options at this Jamaican restaurant in Wynwood. With a DJ, an outdoor lounge area and great Jamaican food, Wynwood will have you transported to the Caribbean.
Address: 316 NW 24th St, Miami, FL
Although best known for Korean fried chicken goodness and one of the restaurants near Wynwood Walls, KYU, is a pan-Asian eatery that also serves up delicious baos, wagyu brisket and Thai fried rice.
Address: 251 NW 25th St., Miami
One of the most famous restaurants in Wynwood is unassuming Coyo Taco, also one of the good restaurants near Wynwood Walls. (BTW the same people are behind the 1800 Lucky food hall listed below).
Known for Mexican street food and one of the top restaurants in Wynwood, Coyo Taco isn’t fancy. Their best-sellers are homemade guacamole and tacos.
Address: 2300 NW 2nd Ave Miami, FL
Food Halls in Wynwood
An enormous food hall serving up Asian goodies, 1800 Lucky is a good option for family meals. Teens visiting Miami will appreciate the instagrammableofferings like bubble tea and the outpost of Taiyaki (from New York City) that serves up Japanese ice cream.
Address: 143 NW 23rd St., Miami FL
Oasis is 35,000 square foot open air space with restaurants and cocktail bars. The focal point of the Oasis, Tower Bar is covered with artwork from Spanish artist, Antonyo Marest.
Address: 2335 N Miami Ave, Miami FL
Dessert Places in Wynwood
For he best option in hot and humid Miami, ice-cream, Wynwood does not disappoint. Even at Night Owl Cookies you can get the signature cookies served with ice cream in Wynwood.
At Cielito Artisan Pops, frozen pops made from fresh fruit, dipped in chocolate and adorned with toppings, make a visually stunning treat for kids and Instagrammers alike. These ice cream in Wynwood treats come in 40+ flavours and specialise in tropical fruit flavors.
Address: 2750 NW 3rd Ave Suite 20A, Miami, FL
Morelia Artisan Pops are Mexican ice pops that you can create to your own specification. Pick a base flavour and an assorted combination of dips and toppings.
Address: 185 NW 25th St, Miami, FL
At Night Owl Cookies, the cookie flavors are any dessert lovers’ dream. These cookies come in lots of indulgent flavours, included coated in cereal, more cookies, sugar, or s’mores. For an extra helping of deliciousness, order your cookie with ice cream, a true over-the-top indulgence.
Address: 163 NW 25th St, Miami, FL
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