We ventured out of our place in Fort Lauderdale to take a drive 30 minutes south. Our destination-du-jour was Miami. We adore street art and we were excited to see if Wynwood Walls was open on a slight whim. (It was the tail end of Phase 1 of the pandemic going into Phase 2 in South Florida.)
And what we realized is there is an abundance of fun things to do in Wynwood, Miami. Whether you go for a day or half a day – simply go!
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One of the Best Things to do in Wynwood: Sign up for a Tour
Wynwood Wall tours are only for a specific area in the neighborhood. A great option is to sign up for a tour of the whole area with a third-party vendor.
Viator, our favorite tours site, offers a number of Wynwood, Miami tours including:
- Exploring Wynwood with a local guide
- Tour the area by golf cart to learn about its history and murals
- Take a food and art walking tour
- Tour Wynwood and add on an optional graffiti lesson graffiti demo
- …and more
The tours range from as low as $30 up to $196 if you want to tour the area in a private vintage convertible. (Talk about photo-worthy!)
Wynwood Walls Tours
It turns out that the distinct area entitled “Wynwood Walls” was still closed when we visited. But the cool thing was we felt like we had the whole neighborhood to ourselves.
We looked up some history about the area and learned it’s not that old of a concept or area. It’s blown up in popularity since its inception in 2009, by Tony Goldman. And its popularity increases every year. It’s not to miss if you’re in the area, especially if you’re in Miami Beach for a couple of days, for example.
The mastermind behind Wynwood Walls has since passed away but his family continues to carry on the company’s operations around the world. (I have to interrupt myself to note that I’ve seen it written as “Wind Wood Walls” once in a while.
I can completely understand someone searching it as those words if they didn’t know how it’s spelled or they have never seen this Miami neighborhood name written!)
What started as an idea to allow and encourage artists to cover the walls of old warehouses has grown into a national (maybe even global, since such a huge majority of their artists aren’t even from the US) phenomenon.
There is, indeed, one “gated” area that is officially, “Wynwood Walls.” Its address is 2520 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127.
Tours at Wynwood Walls
A fun thing to do in Wynwood is to take an “official” tour of Wynwood Walls, the original six buildings, and the converted parking lot.
(In general, admission to Wynwood Walls is free if you just want to walk around. But to maximize your experience, and learn something while you’re at it, take a tour. Plus your money will go towards supporting them.)
We always think tours are a great idea. On these tours, in particular, you’ll learn more about the history and conception of Wynwood Walls.
You’ll also learn more about the murals currently painted there, including information about the artists and the message of each artwork. Additionally, you’ll visit the three galleries on site. Each tour is 50 minutes.
There are three main options for official tours at Wynwood Walls:
- General Tour starting $20 with an optional dining experience (every hour on the hour 11:00am to 6:00pm)
- Early Access Tour at 9:45am for $50 (which, we have to note is just 15 minutes before the next tour comes in) – note there are conflicting times on their website. It says 10:45am on the booking but when you click it to book the tour the fine print says to please be there on time at 9:45am.
- Private Tour starting at $40 – available upon request.
- Then there are two additional tours, available upon request: Events Tour ($20) and University & Education Tour ($10).
Pack for Hot Weather
Miami is HOT most of the year. Protect yourself from the heat and sunshine with these items, to keep your body hydrated with water, eyes shielded from the sun with sunglasses, and the potential threat of bug bites affecting your day far, far away (with our favorite little tool, Bug Bite Thing):
General Things to Keep in Mind with any Fun Activity in the Wynwood Area
It’s important to keep a few things in mind if you’re heading to Wynwood, Miami:
- This is south Florida. It gets HOT. So bring water, sunscreen, and sunglasses. Stay hydrated and protected from the sun. (Bring your reusable water bottle!)
- It gets busy. It’s a big tourist attraction so if you go during the day (aka aside from the early morning or later on at night) expect to maybe contest with crowds. However, seeing as the neighborhood has plenty to do, hopefully, people will be spread out amongst the streets anyway.
- It’s an area where it’s best to park then walk. Thus, wear comfy walking shoes.
- Be respectful. Of the art and of people there. The great thing about the murals there is that almost all of them are tagged with the Instagram account of the artist. If you’re posting a mural to Instagram, please take the extra few seconds to look up the artist. It’s proper etiquette and you wouldn’t have the art piece to share with your social media followers if it wasn’t for them creating it. This is also a cool way to communicate with the artist if you wish. We tag every artist, whenever possible to find the creator. And it’s common for us to get a note from the artist saying “Thank you!” or even a repost.
Where to Stay Near Wynwood
We love Marriott resorts because we have a Marriott Bonvoy American Express and the rewards points let us stay at their hotels for free. Yup, for free. (We use points, naturally)
Here are a few nearby Marriotts:
Have Fun with Murals “Outside” Wynwood Walls
When you approach Wynwood you quickly realize that the ENTIRE neighborhood (and then some) is COVERED in impressive murals. What started as a concentrated idea and project by Goldman properties has expanded.
It’s covered the neighborhood walls of Wynwood in creativity. And you can see the blending of cultures between so many of the murals too, one of the inspirational and quotable aspects of Miami.
We spent the better part of two hours walking around exploring each street. It’s easy to get happily lost in time each time you turn a corner or discover a mural poking out of a fence. Here are just a few murals we saw…
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Fun Things to Do in Wynwood Beyond Simply Viewing Murals
We have seven great ideas for things to do beyond seeing murals in Wynwood:
- Find Sculptures
- Visit the Museum of Graffiti
- Eat (and drink)
- Get dessert
- Shop (for clothes and art)
- Get beers at a local brewery
- Cycle your way through the neighborhood on a bicycle pub crawl
- Feel what it’s like to handle an exotic firearm
- Visit the Neighboring Design District
There’s more art than paintings in Wynwood. We were blown away by this wooden troll that reminded us of the famous “Treemont Troll” in Seattle, Washington. When we passed a heap of tire pieces on the sidewalk I stopped to look at the front of it wondering if it was a piece of art. It was – and we were floored but its face.
We also spotted a “flying” raven in the neighborhood. One of the fun things to do in Wynwood is just walking around to keep your eyes peeled for any kind of art, sculptures included.
Visit the Museum of Graffiti
If you want an education about graffiti you should visit the Museum of Graffiti. There’s an entry fee ($16) but it should be worth it to open your eyes to the beauty of the art form. It’s currently open six days a week, closed on Tuesdays. (And you can book online ahead of time.)
They offer guests exhibits, art for purchase, classes (like a beginner graffiti class), and various artist events. It takes between thirty minutes to an hour to walk through the museum.
Address: 299 NW 25th Street, Miami, FL 33127
Eat and Drink: Restaurants
Amongst the fun things to do in Wynwood is eat and drink, of course! There are several restaurants in the neighborhood (all within walking distance) including:
- Wynwood Kitchen and Bar: Dine amongst the murals! This restaurant is in the heart of the murals. It opened in 2010 and has a tapas/small plates menu with a Latin flair. The art inside is worth seeing if you’re a fan of the walls because it was done by Christian Awe (German) and Shepard Fairey (American)
- The Diner (Wynwood Diner and Cocktails): This restaurant is a block or two from Wynwood Walls, still very much in the neighborhood. Its entrance is on a corner and it’s easy to spot. It’s not a conventional “diner” – it’s more so a restaurant with salads and sandwiches and extensive cocktails. It has three spaces within the restaurant including an outdoor patio.
- Zak the Baker: If you’re walking around and see a building covered in a rainbow of rectangles with “BAKERY” on the outside you’ve found Zak the Baker. They bake artisan bread available for purchase at their Wynwood shop (or at 15 locations of Whole Foods throughout South Florida!) and have won too many awards to count. They serve things outside bread though, including fresh sandwiches, salads, bagels, avocado toast, and of course assorted pastries.
- R House: Their house has a great happy hour from 3:00-7:00pm Wednesdays through Fridays. (Please give us all the sweet pea hummus and Yellowfin Tuna Tartare!) They have a patio space to enjoy that Florida sunshine and a delicious menu including anything from short rib meatballs to pan-seared snapper.
- KYU: A wood-fired Asian menu serving delicacies from fish dishes to beef. And then some. They’re eco-conscious and operate using green and sustainable methods, including not offering plastic straws. And participating in a zero-waste citrus program.
Lower Cost and Over-the-Counter Options
- Valentina’s Pizza: This pizza “window” is just across the street from the entrance of Wynwood Walls. Could be great for a snack too if you’re a little noshy!
- Crazy Poke: We think sushi rice and raw fish are a great idea from any reputable place. And Crazy Poke gets rave reviews for their poke bowls and sushi burritos.
- 1-800-Lucky: If you want to try a few things from a bunch of places, and love Asian food served in a casual setting, this is the place for you. It’s a food hall with 7 restaurants, including things like sushi, dumplings, bubble tea, and even ice cream.
Fun Dessert Things to Do in Wynwood
- Night Owl Cookies: If you absolutely love cookies you must include a stop here on your fun things to do in Wynwood list! Their sugary cookies are often served warm and you can sit at cute sprinkle tables inside the shop. (How delectable they are remind us of Gideon’s cookies in Orlando.) Reviews proclaim they’re the best cookies in Miami!
- Ice Pops/Paletas: It would be usual for you to be craving “something cold” in the Miami heat. Morelia Gourmet Paletas serves Mexican ice pops made with 100% natural ingredients. You can choose a pre-made pop or create your own flavor and topping combination, on the spot. The company is named after the location in Mexico where the first paleta was believed to have been invented. And they now have several locations and shops within South Florida.
- Ice Cream: Stop at Nabati ice cream to beat the Florida heat! They’re 100% plant-based, which is great if you’re dairy-free. The shop’s owner and head chef, Ola Kayal, graduated from Switzerland’s Culinary Arts Academy. So we are sure she knows a thing or two about great foods and desserts.
- Instagram-Worthy Soft Serve: Have you heard of the Japanese ice cream served in fish-shaped cake cones? Taiyaki NYC is famous for it. And they have a location in Wynwood, Miami! Not only is it photo-worthy ice cream but the flavors are hard to find elsewhere and it tastes so good. It’s difficult for me to find flavors like black sesame in the states otherwise. (I fell in love with it in Japan.) But Taiyaki has it. Note that this location of Taiyaki is a little kiosk/shipping container inside the 1-800 Lucky food hall area.
- Crepes: Giache Crepes is a great idea if you have a sweet tooth or you’re with someone who prefers something savory for a snack or dessert. They offer sweet and savory crepes that they roll or stuff with ingredients, depending on your order. They also offer waffle pops!
- Donuts: The Salty Donut is a place that serves beautiful donuts. And let’s face it…the donut craze isn’t going away any time soon. They’ve been voted as a top donut place in the country by many outlets (Thrillest, Zagats, Business Insider, etc.).
Shopping in Wynwood
There are several cute boutiques in the area if your version of fun things to do in Wynwood includes shopping! There are also shops to get your own piece of art to take home, in addition to more upscale galleries.
- Clothing stores, like BASE and Marine Layer (very coastal-hip).
- The Wynwood Shop: It’s definitely worth stopping in. It’s a boutique store that sells men and women’s clothing and jewelry, but also things like art prints and enamel pins. They even sell Street Art Coloring Books!
- And of course, the gift shop at Wynwood Walls. (Which is free to visit if Wynwood Walls is open.)
Drink Beer at a Local Brewery
There are three great options for craft beer in Wynwood, which is a solid amount for the size of the area…
- J.Wakefield Brewing: If you’re wondering where a Star Wars mural is in Wynwood, you’ll find it here. This fun brewery proudly displays a Star Wars theme inside its taproom, as well as a playful comic book vibe on its website. They have a weekday happy hour from 4:00pm to 7:00pm, offering $1 off beers. They also often have food trucks on site.
- Wynwood Brewing Company: A father and son duo started this craft brewery in Miami. They have 18 beers on tap in their Wynwood tasting room.
- Veza Sur: They are a local brewery with Latin and American roots (very Miami). They have a beautiful indoor space that’s pretty cozy and an outdoor patio that’s dog friendly. What’s more, is they have a great happy hour and also offer brewery tours. If you’re hungry this could be the best fit for your thirst and appetite – their Peruvian food gets rave reviews.
Cycle Your Way through Wynwood on a Bicycle Pub Crawl
If you have a group of people and you’re looking for something fun and different to do through Wynwood – and you enjoy beer – sign up for this tour. You’ll bicycle your way through the neighborhood on a contraption that can accommodate up to 15 people.
Don’t worry if your legs get tired of pedaling during this two-hour tour – you stop at bars and aren’t actually pedaling the whole time. And, truthfully, you don’t even have to pedal to make the vehicle move. It’s the novelty of the experience that’s the most fun and important part.
Where to Park at Wynwood Walls
It’s not difficult to park in the area – simply find a nearby garage (which may be your best bet if it’s peak time) or find street parking. Parking in Miami isn’t cheap – it’s over $3 an hour for street spots, which you can pay for via the parking app, “PayByPhone“.
The best parking garage to aim to park in if your fun activity in Wynwood, Miami is walking around to see the murals is The Wynwood Garage. It’s just under $10 for two hours – it’s pretty much the same price as street parking in the area.
It’s also very attractive and photo-worthy if you want to stop by to see it, even if you don’t end up parking there.
Wynwood Garage address: 311 NW 26th St, Miami, FL 33127 (Try booking your parking spot online with Spot Angels.)
Safely Experience Handling Exotic Firearms at Lock & Load
Believe it or not, there is an indoor gun range in Wynwood, Miami. If you sign up for this experience at Lock & Load you’ll have one-on-one instructions from a firearms specialist, who is a former military veteran.
You’ll learn the proper and safe way to hand an exotic firearm and get a chance to shoot at a paper target. The experience lasts approximately one hour and you will certainly feel an adrenaline rush!
Fun Things to Do Nearby: Neighboring Miami Design District
There are plenty of fun things to do in Wynwood. But if you’re game to venture just 10 minutes down the road we recommend visiting the Design District of Miami. Why not make a complete day of your trip?
There are upscale shops here (think: Gucci, Christian Louboutin, Balenciaga, Creed) and a few places to eat or grab a coffee. The well-designed shopping center is worth a walk around.
You can also sign up for a tour of Miami’s Design District, where you’ll get a guided walk of Palm Court and enjoy generous food tastings.
We also recommend a visit to the Institute of Contemporary Art. Admission is free, however, they recommend reserving tickets in advance online.
The parking garage across the street from there is the coolest we’ve ever seen (truly). And the art along the street where the museum is located (NE 41st Street) has some pretty noteworthy art above eye level as well.
Street parking in the Design District is pretty much the same cost as in Wynwood. We recommend valet parking because when you compare their one-time fee to several hours of street parking they end up being nearly equal in cost.
If you don’t want to valet your car and can’t find street spots then try the garage, located across from the museum. (Simply put “Museum Garage, NE 41st Street, Miami, FL” in GPS.)
Enjoy Time in Little Havana
Another awesome neighborhood in Miami, which is south of Wynwood, is Little Havana. We had a lovely day there and felt the rhythm of Latin cultures through the vibrant music in the neighborhood bars, the delicious Cuban cuisine in the restaurants, and the street art in town.
You can sign up for this tour, which offers everything you could want in exploring the area: education about Cuban culture, a mojito and a snack, and seeing local landmarks!
Go on a Miami Boat Tour
Another fun thing to do in the Miami area is to take advantage of the water surrounding the city. Head out on a boat tour!
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