Miami-Dade County

Miami-Dade County is located in Southeast Florida bordering the Atlantic Ocean and Monroe, Broward and Collier Counties. 

Established in 1836 from a portion of St. Johns County and originally named "Dade" County named for Major Francis Longhorne Dade, U.S. Army Commander during the Second Seminole War. The name was changed in 1997 by the voters from Dade to Miami-Dade add the internationally recognized city of Miami. 

Miami-Dade County Florida Image Map
Population - 2000
2,253,779
Population - 2010
2,496,457
Population - 2015 Est
2,653,934
Land Area (sq mi)
1,898
Water Area (sq mi)
533
Total Area (sq mi)
2,431
Average Rainfall
58
Temperature - Average High
82
Temperature - Average Low
68

The American Airlines Arena is located on the waterfront in downtown Miami, Florida. It is home to the Miami Heat NBA basketball team and hosts large concerts and events. 

It's safe to say this state park is unlike any other in Florida. Quite literally - this beach was ranked in the top 10 for the US. Just south of downtown Miami, Key Biscayne offers astounding beaches and beauty. The southern third of the island is strictly Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park. So not only is Florida's nature preserved from Miami sprawl, it offers a quick escape to a natural luxury, away from the concrete city. 

 

Welcome to the country's largest subtropical wilderness! The biodiversity at the Everglades National Park is truly unfathomable and must be experienced first hand. It serves as home to many endangered species such as the American crocodile, manatee, American alligator, sea turtles, birds, Florida panther, and many types of plants. If you are eager to learn and experience the wildlife in a way that you will never forget, this is the place for you. They have ranger programs, tours, books, and many other activities to educate visitors on topics related to the different species and their environment. If you become an expert, you could even volunteer in aiding their conservation efforts. 

FIU Stadium is a college stadium home to Florida International University's Panthers football team. Located in Miami, Florida, and informally known as The Cage, the stadium has a seating capacity of 20,000. Also home to Miami FC soccer team and other events. 

The only water park within the City of Miami, offering four pools, two slide pools, one for toddlers, one for older children and adults, a recreation pool and a lazy river, all ages can come and cool off in the summer months. 

Hard Rock Stadium located in Miami Gardens, Florida is home to the Miami Dolphins NFL football team and the University of Miami Hurricanes football. Formerly known by 7 other names initially the Joe Robbie Stadium and most recently the Sun Life Stadium, the stadium hosts the Orange Bowl annually as well as large concerts, WrestleMania and numerous events. 5 Super Bowls, 2 World Series, 4 BCS National Championship Games, WrestleMania XXVIII are just a few of the past events hosted at the Hard Rock Stadium. 

Homestead Air Reserve Base is a U.S. Air Force Reserve base located northeast of the city of Homestead, Florida. It is the home base of the 482nd Fighter Wing (482 FW) of the Air Force Reserve Command’s Tenth Air Force (10AF). The 482 FW’s mission is, “Deploy Combat Ready Airmen to Combatant Commanders!” 

Marlins Park is a baseball park, home of the Miami Marlins, located in Miami, Florida. The stadium is a contemporary architecture featuring an abstract design, a retractable roof, Miami Deco Art, Fish Tanks, Swimming Pool, Nightclub and a true South Beach atmosphere. Built where the old Orange Bowl use to be, the stadium has taken a Green approach to be environmentally friendly. 

 

Original team logo
image by: Rob Foldy mlb.com

 

The Miami Marlins are a franchise that has experienced their highs and lows. They have been able to win a few championships and have a brand new state of the art stadium.

There’s a lot to do here at the Miami Seaquarium. While you can swim with the dolphins for 30 minutes, there are also touch pools, where visitors can put their hands into the water to touch the bamboo sharks, cleaner fish, and invertebrates. It’s awesome being able to touch the animals and feel them kiss your fingers.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools has authority over 2,000 square miles of communities ranging from rural and suburban to urban cities are served by the Miami-Dade County School District. In terms of the number of schools in the area, Miami-Dade County consists of over 350 schools and serves over 300,000 students making it the fourth largest school district in the United States. The school district’s mission is to provide the highest quality education so that all students are empowered to lead productive and fulfilling lives as lifelong learners and responsible citizens.

Oleta River State Park is located in 30 minutes from Downtown Miami. It is Florida's largest urban park, here you can enjoy a great deal of activities, there's something for everyone. Oleta River State Park has over 10 miles of mountain bike trails for those who are at an intermediate level. Other activities that Oleta River State Park offers include camping, paddling, fishing, hiking, picnicking, and swimming. Some of the amenities include cabins, beach, gardens, and picnic pavilions.

The Barnacle Historic State Park is a house that was built in 1891, which dates back to the times when the way to and from Miami was by boat. The house is located on the shore of Biscayne Bay, and it was home to a man named Ralph Middleton Munroe, who preserved the forest on the land. A visit to this park consists of a tour around the historic property, picnics on the lawn, setting up hammocks, walking one's dog, or just relaxing on the estate and watching the boats sail by. 

The Coast Guard 7th District headquarters is located in downtown Miami, Florida. Per their official website, it is “responsible for Coast Guard activities throughout a 1.7 million square mile area including Puerto Rico, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and 34 foreign nations and territories.”

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Gramps hasn't been around too long. It was established in 2001, but they've been bringing in some great live music performances since their opening. There's a lot more than music here though. On any given night, one can get a comedy show, DJ's, live music, and even cultural events, like Nerd Night. It is a pub, so many of these events require you to be over the age of 21, 18 in some instances. They serve lunch and dinner, but the entertainment always comes in the afternoon and evening hours. Come for the food and drinks and enjoy a show while you're here!

Growler USA is a franchise that specializes in the proper preservation of craft beers brought to consumers from some of the best breweries around the world. There are two locations in Florida, Clermont and Miami. The Clermont location features over 100 craft beers and a full food menu. 

Gulliver is a superior college preparatory school devoted to educational excellence, where students are inspired and challenged to reach their fullest potential. At Gulliver, character development is as important as academic achievement and we integrate community values into daily instruction. Our rigorous curriculum, cutting-edge facilities and nurturing faculty place students at the center of learning so they are successful, both in the classroom, at college and throughout their careers.

Legal Studies Magnet

International Baccalaureate Magnet School

Arts Magnet Program

Highpoint is a private, fully accredited bilingual school offering advanced academic programs for 2 year olds through the 8th Grade.

HipPOPs follows the old-world tradition of Italian gelaterias with offerings of handcrafted artisan dessert treats, including gelato, sorbet, and frozen yogurt.

POPs

HistoryMiami is a Smithsonian Affiliate museum in downtown Miami that focuses on showcasing the history of Miami. Permanent collections include archives and manuscripts, an aviation collection, a maritime collection, a seminole collection, and an archaeology collection. Temporary exhibitions are constantly rotating to give you a new experience every time you go.

The Homies are known for their burgers, crunchy quesadillas, and loaded freak fries. Stay on the look out for any combo specials!

Magnet for Applied Technology

Certified Silver STEM Designation School offering two magnet programs in Cambridge Robotics and Technology Engineering and in Cambridge Medical and Health Sciences.

At Inspired Lifestyle Realty, LLC, we believe there is a better way to do Real Estate. A more valuable, less invasive way where clients are able to accomplish the dream of owning a home, investment portfolio, etc. rather than thinking they can’t. We’re inspired and passionate about it, and our mission is to help people achieve it.

A brewing company located in the heart of Miami's Wynwood Arts District known for their incredible achievements in the way of sour and berliner style beers. The taproom is distinctly recognizable for its fan art that stretches across the walls, reminiscent of the famous art district in which J. Wakefield has found its home. Starting off as a humble home brewer, owner and operator, John Wakefield, has grown his business into one of the premier brewing companies in the state since opening in 2015.  

A taste of the islands! Jerk It Cuisine offers the most authentic Jamaican Jerk Chicken & Pork, BBQ Ribs, Salmon, Coconut Rice & Peas, and more in Miami.

Johnson & Wales University is a private college with locations in Rhode Island, North Carolina, Colorado, and Miami, Florida. The first campus opened in Providence Rhode Island in 1914. The Miami location has many different programs with a special focus on hospitality and culinary subjects. It also has business, criminal justice, and fashion programs.

K Ramen Burger Beer is a restaurant that brings together some of the trendiest food in an environment unlike any other. Here you can eat delicious burgers, ramen, and poke while you play games and relax surrounded by anime and Japanese decor.

A fast-casual comfort food joint in Kendall serving handcrafted grilled cheese, fresh never-frozen burgers and more, plus a great selection of craft beers.

King of Racks BBQ Food Truck is a Family Run Business. They take the spirit of BBQ, and serve it to you on a platter. King of Racks BBQ is Miami based and also offers catering options.

KnoWhere Toys Comics & Gaming is a toy store in Hialeah, but it's also so much more than that. They have such a huge stock of collectables, comics, and gaming merchandise that you're pretty much guaranteed to find something you'll love.

Korka Comics is a South Florida based chain of stores that sells comics, gaming, collectibles, and more. They have a wide variety of comics as well as a huge collection of Funko Pop Vinyls and so much more. Check out their website for information about their weekly gaming tournaments!

Kuenko serves affordable, fresh food and ensures a positive experience. The menu is a mixture of a Spanish cuisine with Japanese influence, and each dish was created by Chef Sanz. 

Inspired by Venezuelan cuisines, Kurvan serves gourmet sub sandwiches in Miami. Like the Venezuelans, Kurvan called them "pepitos". 

An Asian wood-fired grill restaurant with a diverse menu of tasty meals and delicious cocktails, a must stop spot for your walk through Wynwood.

The seasonings used to create each dish are why people love La Burguesa. Other than burgers they serve skewers, hot dogs, arepas, and more all influenced by traditional Columbian food. 

A California Mexican food truck that sells tacos with tortillas made from scratch. How much more authentic can it get? Don't forget to order chips and salsa!

 

La Prima Casa Montessori partners with fantastic programs to offer you and your child a wide variety of extra-curricular and enrichment programs. 

International Studies

The Mad Cat Theatre does small Productions and they also let small artists and bands perform at the theatre. If you live near Miami Shores and you are a new band or artist looking for a venue to perform email them. 

Mad Cave Studios is a comic book publishing company. Established in 2014, Mad Cave strives to publish creative and diverse stories. They believe in quality, diversity, originality, and madness. 

 

The Mandelstam School is based on a dynamic triad of multi-faceted, interrelated programs. It begins with a strong foundation in academics and is complemented by the arts and athletics. Our innovative curriculum prepares students for a future as lifelong learners by establishing a solid foundation in reading, writing, critical thinking, mathematical computation and problem solving.

The Manuel Artime Theater is a small theater in Miami that brings all kinds of performing arts to the people of South Florida.

Do you love pizza? What about crepes? If you love them both you should try Master Crepes Pizza Crepe. They also make other entree crepes and dessert crepes. 

MIA Beer Company is a Doral, Florida brewery and taproom that offers some very Floridian beers as well as a full food menu. The company has adopted a sleek modern look with a splash of rave flare and has since shown that brewing companies can have an entirely unique personality. Some of their core beers include the overtly, Miami designed 305, and Miami Weiss.

The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary, owned and founded by Miami-based personal injury attorney, Sean M. Cleary, is one of Miami's most valued law firms.

Miami Country Day School is a college preparatory learning community committed to educating the whole child. Through the core values of honor, respect, wisdom and compassion, we prepare students to be lifelong learners. We inspire our children to develop their intellectual, physical, aesthetic, social, emotional and spiritual potentials by valuing every student every day.

Miami-Dade Air, one of the most established and renowned names in the air conditioning services is diligently serving a large part of Florida since 1992. Since the service is purely customer-oriented, hence it is fully devoted to provide a wide array of diverse services and that too round the clock. 

Miami Grilled Cheese food truck specializes in tasty sandwiches and offer catering in Miami, Florida.

With over 140 retail spaces, the Miami International Mall is one of South Florida's most casual shopping centers. You can find clothing stores of all kinds and so much more so you're sure to find what you're looking for.

The Miami International University of Art & Design is one the Art Institutes, a system of schools that specialize in design, fashion, culinary arts, and media and visual arts. It helps students foster their creativity while preparing for their future careers.

Miami New Times is Miami's independent source of news and culture. Wondering where the best burger place is in Miami, or how about the best craft beer? Miami New Times provides all of that and more. The newspaper is available every Thursday and their website is updated daily keeping you in the know of what is currently happening in Miami and surrounding areas. Make sure to check out one of their big events coming up, all information will be found on their website!

Miami Regional University is a college in Miami that specializes in nursing. It offers associates, bachelors, and masters degrees in nursing as well as a diploma program for English as a second language.

Miami Roasted Corn specializes in corn and fresh lemonade. They are available for parties and functions in Miami, Florida.

At Miami Shores Presbyterian Church School, students are empowered to become life-long learners as faculty and staff guide them through a progressive, academic, social and emotional journey.

Local Newspapers in the Miami area includes Aventura News, Sunny Isles Beach, Miami Beach Brickell, Doral, Pinecrest, Coral Gables, Cutler Bay, Kendall Gazette, Palmetto Bay and South Miami News. 

Miami-Dade is committed to improving the lives of its ever growing residents by offering opportunities for relief from the stresses of their expansion. Its natural holdings, some of the most beautiful in the United States and the World, are celebrated in this renowned area.

The Miami-Dade Public Library System has 50 branches. 29 of those branches including the main library are located in Miami. 3 are in Miami beach and 2 are in Doral. Coral Gables, Key Biscayne, West Miami, Miami Springs, Bay Harbor, Pinecrest, Opa-Locka, Hialeah Gardens, Miami Gardens, Sunny Isles Beach, Adventura, Palmetto Bay, Cutler Bay, Naranja, and Homestead each have one branch.

Federally recognized Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida is located in the Florida Everglades in Miami, Florida. Four Reservation areas include Tamiami Trail, Alligator Alley and two at Krome Ave which includes the state-of-the-art Miccosukee Indian Gaming Facility and Miccosukee Resort & Gaming. 

Millenia Atlantic University is a college in Doral, Florida. It offers several undergraduate and graduate business programs.

Monster Burgers food truck offers Colombian gourmet fast food.The concept was created for adults and kids who enjoy a good quality variety of food in Miami, Florida.

Have you ever eaten ice cream with a fork? Well, that's how things are done at Mr. Bing. There are many different flavors of shaved ice cream with a variety of toppings. 

Have you ever tried a gourmet peanut butter & jelly sandwich? The next time you're in Miami stop by to try one of Mr. PB&J's sandwiches. 

Located in Miami, Ms. Cheezious brick and mortar locations and food trucks craft award winning grilled cheese.

Needa' Pita food truck offers authentic and fresh Mediterranean cuisine in Miami, Florida. Their recipes come from a small town in the outskirts of Beirut, Lebanon. They aspire to carry out their legacy and culture. Needa' Pita specializes in chicken and beef shawarma that by aroma alone will make your mouth water, and of course Greek gyro to represent their neighboring countries.

Neverland Publishing believes in the impossible, much like Peter Pan. Neverland Publishing was established to give hope and opportunities to unknown writers who write their books and literary pieces with every fiber of their being. They are dedicated to giving each and every passionate and talented author a chance at sharing their works, and only feel accomplished when they do so. 

The North Miami Beach Library is a library in North Miami Beach, Florida. Library cards are available to anyone in North Miami Beach or surrounding cities.

The North Miami Public Library has been serving the residents of North Miami since 1932. Library cards are available for free for North Miami residents and residents from a few surrounding cities.

Odyssey Arcade has often been ranked one of the top arcades in South Florida. It has a huge variety of games both old an new ranging from fighters to pinball machines and everything in between. It also has a cafe that serves craft beer and wine as well as Japanese food and boba tea.

At Okay Burgers you'll can bite into fully loaded burgers and hot dogs. They have burgers that represent different Latin cultures with flavorful ingredients. 

The Olympia Theater is Downtown Miami's Historic Performing Arts Center. It first opened in 1926 as a Mediterranean style silent movie palace.

Offering enrichment classes for families home educating their children in Miami & South Florida.

Homeschooling South Florida is a Yahoo Group designed for homeschooling kids (and their moms/dads) from the Palm Beaches, Broward County, and Dade County. Members on this board are open to discuss homeschooling issues such as curriculum selection, unschooling, the pros and cons (when mom/dad becomes overwhelmed), offer advice to new homeschoolers and share articles found concerning homeschooling issues.

P.A.T.H. Inc. is a secular, non-profit homeschooling co-op and support group run by parent volunteers. All homeschoolers in Miami-Dade are welcome to join PATH, regardless of faith, culture, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or beliefs. Our goal is to find friendships and support while we inform, encourage, and motivate one another along our homeschooling journey.