South Dade—Explore a Different Side of Miami and the Beaches

By Shayne Benowitz | Jan 3, 2018
Schnebly Redland's Winery and Brewery
Schnebly Redland's Winery & Brewery

Plan your next meeting or event in one of South Dade’s unique and dynamic venues.

There’s a wide world of discovery in South Dade where you’ll find Miami’s sprawling farmland, NASCAR Championship racetracks, cultural arts centers and abundant animal attractions. Get a taste for a different side of Miami in South Dade when you plan your next meeting or event.

South Miami-Dade Cultural Center

The South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center opened its doors in October 2011 and ushered in a new era for Cutler Bay and Greater South Dade. Plan your meeting or event in one of their many multi-purpose spaces, including the Black Box Theater, Theater Lab, Dance Rehearsal Studio, classrooms and outdoor concert lawn overlooking Black Creek Canal. The South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center can accommodate events ranging in size from 129 to 700 people. This state-of-the-art venue designed by award-winning architectural firm Arquitectonica, is dedicated to multi-disciplinary cultural arts. The Center stages everything from opera to film, musicals, bands, dance and stand-up comedy, while also acting as a community gathering place with education and outreach at the core of its mission.

Homestead-Miami Speedway

While the Homestead Miami Speedway hosts world class racing events annually like the NASCAR Championship in November and the Trans Am & US Formula 4 in April, the racetrack in South Dade is an action-packed venue year round. The 600-acre facility with 55,000 grandstand seats boasts a 1.5 mile oval course and a 2.21 mile road course. It’s also available to host corporate events, car shows, motorcycle events and video or photo shoots.

The Champions Club is located on the third floor of the Turn 1 Tower with a capacity for 850 people including an enclosed area and balcony seating overlooking the track. For a more intimate group, the Pit Box is available trackside on the second floor of a building in the center infield. It can accommodate 90 people and makes for an exciting place to watch the races or throw a party outside of racing days.

ZooMiami

Spanning 340-acres in South Dade with more than 3,000 animals on view, Zoo Miami is a wildly fun attraction for meetings and groups. Open-air exhibitions are dedicated to animal habitats from around the world, including Florida’s Everglades, the Amazon, Africa, Australia and Asia. Watch amphibians, birds, mammals and reptiles roam freely in a habitat that mimics their native lands. You’ll have the opportunity to feed animals, watch a wildlife show and ride through the zoo on a monorail or tram. There’s no limit to how groups of all sizes can activate this interactive venue for meetings and events.

Schnebly Redlands Winery & Brewery

In the heart of Homestead’s farmland Schnebly Redlands Winery & Brewery stands as a massive estate with a novel, subtropical approach to winemaking. Instead of producing wines with grapes, Peter Schnebly, a farmer and packager, founded the winery in 2004 creating wines out of indigenous tropical fruit, like mangos, lychee, passion fruit, guava, star fruit, coconut, and even avocado. A few years later in 2012, he added brewmaster to his list of accomplishments when he founded Miami Brewing Company. Today, visitors enjoy the lush tropical grounds, the taproom, tasting room and tours of the winery and brewery. They also host parties on the weekend with live music. It’s an ideal venue for corporate events or spousal programs.

Farms & Fruit Stands of South Dade

Fruit and Spice Park is a 37-acre subtropical paradise nestled in the heart of the historic Redland community just 35 miles south of Miami. It is an ideal setting for weddings, private social celebrations and corporate events. The Gardens provide a peaceful oasis that will give you and your guests the chance to relax and enjoy your occasion in a pleasant natural environment. Surrounded by thousands of acres of tropical agriculture, the Park is a jewel in South Florida’s agricultural community attracting over 50,000 visitors a year to its gardens and festivals. More than 500 varieties of exotic fruits, herbs, spices and nuts from around the world; 180 varieties of mangos; 70 varieties of bamboo; 40 varieties of bananas; 15 varieties of jackfruit trees and numerous other exotic edibles are grown and maintained here.

South Dade is known for its sprawling farms and countryside and many are open to the public seasonally. Although not a meeting venue, Robert is Here is a family-owned fruit stand passed down through generations. With a small farm, petting zoo and splash park, this roadside attraction is a staple in the area. You’ll find the freshest and most unusual tropical fruit, like dragonfruit, lychees, mangos, passionfruit and more. They also whip up frothy frozen shakes and smoothies using their fresh fruit, a perfect antidote to a hot Miami afternoon.

Both Knaus Berry and Burrs Berry Farms are home to acres of strawberry fields, which you can explore to pick your own strawberries. They also specialize in sweet treats like strawberry milkshakes and strawberry shortcake. The cinnamon buns at Knaus Berry Farm have a cult following that city dwellers make a pilgrimage for annually—they’re not to be missed! With such wide open spaces, there are definitely possibilities for events and spousal programs in South Dade’s farms and fruit stands.

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