You might not expect it, but slap-bang in the middle of one of the most built-up cities in the USA is one of America’s great urban oases. Although it’s right at the heart of Miami, Florida Coconut Grove offers tranquillity and bohemian relaxation away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. With charming galleries and cafés, elegant boutiques, and high-end restaurants, it’s the perfect place to slow down, take some time out and relax. It’s also a great alternative to the beach.
The history of Coconut Grove Miami
Coconut Grove Florida dates all the way back to the 1870s, when intellectuals, artists and other influential figures wanted to develop a tropical oasis where the people of Miami could easily escape from the stress and noise of the city. It’s one of the city’s greenest and most picturesque districts.
Galleries and museums
Spend some time at the Coconut Grove Miami Boswell Mourot Fine Art museum, where you can see the very best works of many local, national and international artists. If you’re interested in art from the Far East, don’t forget to visit the Midori Gallery, a two-storey exhibition with some incredible sculptures, paintings, archaic ceramics, folk art, and other antiques mainly from China and Japan.
You could also head towards Downtown and visit the Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, a stunning Italian-themed estate designed in the early 20th century. Explore the beautiful villa and landscaped grounds of one of America’s finest Renaissance Revival landmarks, which will feel more like a scene out of Tuscany than Florida!
Other attractions in Miami Coconut Grove
After visiting Florida’s Coconut Grove, why not go to the Barnacle Historic State Park, a beautiful 19th century park overlooking Biscayne Bay? This was the home of one of Coconut Grove’s most important figures, Ralph Middleton Munroe, a sailor, photographer and naturalist who designed yachts. Or head to the CocoWalk mall, where you’ll find over a dozen boutiques, bars, and eateries, as well as a thirteen-screen movie theatre. Coconut Grove is also home to The Kampong, a beautiful botanical garden with exotic plants, and the 1920s Spanish and Southeast Asian-themed Fairchild-Sweeney House.
Food & drink in Coconut Grove
For fantastic views of Biscayne Bay, and some amazing Peruvian cuisine, head to the Panorama Restaurant & Sky Lounge near Peacock Park, or try Le Bouchon near Grand Avenue for some delicious French fare. Alternatively, dine at the nearby Bombay Darbar for some spicy Indian classics, or The Grove Spot on Virginia Street for tasty American and European comfort food including all-day breakfasts.
Other places to visit near Coconut Grove
Take the family to the Miami Seaquarium in Virginia Key, one of the city’s most popular visitor attractions. With a huge selection of marine life and other interactive experiences, it’s guaranteed to be a hit with everyone.
For museums, there’s the Pérez Art Museum, which is home to many impressive contemporary and modern artworks. Or go to the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, where you can see a magnificent planetarium with 16-million colour and 8k projection. Have a look at the aquarium and see the museum’s fascinating science and technology-themed exhibitions.
As you can see, there are plenty of exciting places to explore in Miami Coconut Grove and the surrounding area. Head over to the Grove, and see for yourself!