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Homestead’s variety of family-oriented attractions and proximity to some of the world’s rarest and most beautiful natural lands and waters is fast making this area a top vacation destination. Whether you want to experience the thrill of the race at the Homestead-Miami Speedway or glide silently through the Everglades in a canoe at dawn, there’s something for everyone.

Everglades National Park, the largest subtropical wilderness in North America, lies less than half an hour to the west of Florida City. Take a self-guided canoe trip into the backcountry or a naturalist-led stroll on wheelchair accessible boardwalks. Among the many activities available are camping, biking, fishing, wildlife observation, tram tours, ocean and backcountry cruises. The marshland, mangrove islands and sawgrass prairies are home to rare wildlife such as panthers, alligators, manatees and wood storks, as well as crocodiles and wading birds.

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A short trip to the east is the entrance to Biscayne National Park, an underwater preserve unlike any other. Those who explore the bays, keys and reefs enter the fragile world of manatees, mangrove and coral. Fishing is excellent year-round. Visitors without boats can rent canoes, schedule glass bottom boat tours or participate in guided scuba diving and snorkeling expeditions. Launch facilities are available at Homestead Bayfront Park and Black Point Marina. Primitive camp sites, nature trails, picnic areas and a harbor providing free docking are located on Elliott Key. Dockage is available on Boca Chita, a small island with a lighthouse on the north side of Elliott Key. For information call the Convoy Point Visitor Center at 1-305-230-PARK.

Besides our breathtaking natural wonders, the Homestead/Florida City area offers an abundance of attractions for the whole family. The Homestead-Miami Speedway, considered one of the finest auto-racing facilities in the world, is home to the finale race of the NASCAR season. For more information, call 230-RACE.

The Homestead Sports Complex is one of the most complete training and tournament centers for all levels of baseball in the country. The stadium’s award-winning design provides today’s sports enthusiasts with optimum sight lines and an intimate scale that brings them close to the action. The state-of-the-art training center, adjacent to the stadium, serves the community year-round.

Other popular attractions include Coral Castle, America’s mysterious “Stonehenge.” The Everglades Alligator Farm, located in Florida City, offers airboat tours throughout the Everglades. Explore Florida’s wildlife and foliage in their native habitat. The Fruit and Spice Park, located in Homestead, features an impressive array of over 500 exotic fruits, herbs, spices and nuts from around the world at this 20-acre park. Another unique Homestead attraction is Monkey Jungle, where the monkeys run free and the people are caged! Explore this tropical jungle filled with hundreds of wild monkeys.

Miami Metrozoo is located in South Miami-Dade, convenient to the Homestead/Florida City area. One of the nation’s largest zoos, it features more than 2,000 animals from around the world in a cage-less environment designed to echo their natural habitat.

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