Go Native: The Miami Only Locals Know

4 places that locals love, from a neighborhood built upon stilts to a garden where you're guaranteed to find solace

Plenty of Miami establishments and events are flashy and pay enough for advertising that they can’t be missed. But then there are the select few that preserve a hidden feel; those that haven’t been in every guidebook, where visitors are guaranteed to mingle with the locals. These picks include local theaters, gardens, sites and events, to name a few.

Miami Beach Botanical Garden
Those who need a break from the hustle and bustle of Miami Beach find solace in this gorgeous urban green space across from the Convention Center. 2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach, 305.673.7256

Miami Beach Cinematheque
This local movie house screens international hits, cult favorites and new indie releases throughout the year. 1130 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305.673.4567

Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation, and Open Spaces
In a place that’s full of great outdoor spaces, take advantage of various attractions, including zoos, gardens and sports centers, many of which have year-round activities and events.

Stiltsville
This community of wood stilt houses near Cape Florida is one of the strangest neighborhoods ever, and worth seeing as an endangered site. The area is located in the grassy shallows south of Bill Baggs Cape State Park and is now part of Biscayne National Park.

Dara Bramson
About the author
Miami native Dara Bramson is a freelance writer, photographer, and museum educator. She authored The Cheap Bastard’s G...