Get ready to run, play, explore and eat in Miramar, Florida. It’s the southernmost municipality in Broward County, so all points south are in Miami-Dade.
Miramar is a family-oriented community with an upscale Caribbean flavor. It’s also home to two of the area’s newest cultural draws, alongside plenty of other family-friendly choices.
Believe it or not, it takes the same or less time to get to the Hard Rock Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins, from Miramar than most areas of Miami-Dade county, making the neighborhood a top choice for football fans in town for a game.
But there’s more than pigskin playing in Miramar. The Miramar Amphitheater in Miramar Regional Park is the most weather-friendly outdoor performance space in the region. Most of the 5,000 seat audience area is completely covered, making it possible to host year-round daytime performances and keep the show going even if it rains. Bordered by lakes and fountains, you’ll love the surroundings – if you can tear your eyes away from the stage.
Ansin Sports Complex also has a home in the park. This facility hosts Cricket grounds, as well as aquatics and special events. Many of the facilities are open to the public, so check their calendar of events.
The Miramar Cultural Center is a work of art in itself. The performance center hosts local, regional and national acts. Check out the event calendar for speakers, music and theater. Part of the Miramar Town Center mixed-use government, commercial and public buildings, the world-class performance center is flanked by the ArtsPark, which is home to the Ansin Family Art Gallery with a permanent collection and rotating professional exhibits throughout the year.
Miramar has plenty of options to help kids and adults learn something new, run off some steam or game the afternoon away. First stop is the Miramar Pineland Natural Area. This partially restored wetlands park is 157 acres, making it one of the largest urban parks in the area. The intersection of slash pine prairie and wetlands offers a variety of wildlife along its trails and boardwalk. The park also offers cushioned playgrounds and a splash pad that younger kids will love.
A glow-in-the-dark, kid-friendly, 18-hole, monster-themed indoor mini-golf course? Yeah, Miramar’s got it. Named one of TripAdvisor's Top 10 Things to do in Miramar, Monster Mini Golf is fun for the whole family. The course is fun enough for beginners but offers enough challenge for more experienced putters. The complex also offers an arcade and a DJ providing a soundtrack to your family fun.
At 53.3 acres, what the Snake Warrior Island Natural Area lacks in size it makes up for in options. The islands within the park are archeologically important sites for studying the historical Native American inhabitants of the area.
Modern bird watchers flock to the park to see the interesting mixture of raptors, waterfowl, songbirds and wading storks that populate this geographically diverse habitat of Atlantic coastal ridge, lake and wetland.
Miramar is considered one of the up and coming cities for multicultural tourism in Greater Fort Lauderdale says Stacy Ritter, President of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau.
The ArtsPark hosts the international UniverSoul Circus in February and the city is a central venue for housing visitors to the three-day Jazz in the Gardens Music Festival in March.
Performances at a new 5,000-seat amphitheater will bring more tourism to the community. “It’s one of our leading cities, one of the most highlighted and integral boroughs in the area,” said Tucker.
The diversity of Miramar’s population definitely shows up in its food choices. For a South American vibe, check out Maxi Arepa. Locals make the drive here for some of the best Venezuelan food around.
For sports bar staples with a side of beautiful lake views, check out Bokampers Sports Bar & Grill. The covered outdoor dining offers scenery while helping you beat the midday heat.
If you’re a fan of real Jamaican favorites, check out Beli Full Qzeen. You’ll find all the standard choices, like jerk chicken and Jamaican curries, as well as authentic renditions of brown stew, oxtail and tripe & beans. If your family’s from the island, this is where you’d take ‘em to show you’re not going hungry for a taste of home.
For Argentinian-style steaks and barbecue products, Miga’s Florida is a must-try. With their own on-site butcher shop, you can eat your fill and take home more. The menu offers Argentinian favorites with a healthy portion of American-style fare. It’s an ideal place if you’re craving some culinary adventure but you have a picky eater to please.
Take a trip down south to see what Miramar’s all about. You’ll leave with a new appreciation for the culture of this emerging city – and a stomach full of some really, really good food.