Most people come to Miami for the typical South Beach vacation full of beach, parties and sun. However, if you have an admiration for amazing art or just to want to take a break from the pool, Wynwood is a great place to visit! In 2009, a ton of windowless warehouses were transformed into giant brick canvases full of graffiti street art, which are now called the Wynwood Walls. Eventually, word spread and other artists migrated to Wynwood to help turn the surrounding area into murals, branching out of the walls and into the streets. Now, everywhere you look there are buildings with huge, stunning murals painted on them. Some of the pieces were so creative that they reminded me of the type of art that has made Banksy such a cult hero.
The actual Wynwood Walls area is free to enter and art walks around the community which fall on the second Saturday of each month, are also free. There are other things in the area such as museums, galleries (there are 70!), events and restaurants which can easily fill up your day. One very popular restaurant is Wynwood Kitchen & Bar which I dined in and I have to say that it was absolutely delicious! I highly recommend it.
If you decide to go, make sure to go to the right spot in Wynwood, which is within the boundary of North 36th Street to North 20th Street and between I-95 and Northeast First Avenue. The whole Wynwood area is not a part of the art district and once you get outside of it, it can become a bit dodgy. I took a cab and the driver brought us to the other side of Wynwood at first, it was definitely not where I wanted to get dropped off. If you have ever seen The Wire, you can imagine the type of area it was outside of the Art District. Don’t let this dissuade you from visiting though, because the art district itself is safe and really is worth a visit.