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Wynwood Miami: Things to Do for First-Time Visitors

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The Wynwood Miami neighborhood is renowned for being one of the city’s most enigmatic districts and a terrific place to spend some time moseying around in Miami.

Located west of Miami Beach and minutes from downtown Miami’s clubs and glittering highrises, this former gritty warehouse district was once home to various car shops, wholesale garment shops, run-down factories, and other industrial establishments.

Today the Wynwood neighborhood has been transformed into the city’s focal point and cultural hub with a wide array of galleries, boutiques, trendy Wynwood restaurants, and quirky bars, not to mention one of the world’s most eclectic street art scenes.

Large boom box mural on building

Where else can you hop from a 40,000 square foot warehouse full of contemporary art to a taproom serving coconut-infused craft beer, a bakery-turned-art-studio, to a restaurant serving Latin-infused tapas?

If you love art, nightlife, and great food, it’s hard to beat the Wynwood Miami neighborhood, and this guide will tell you everything you need to know!

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Wynwood Miami Neighborhood Guide

Where is Wynwood – How to Get There?

City of Miami Trolley on the road

The Wynwood Walls and Wynwood Art District is located approximately 15 minutes north of downtown Miami. From South Beach, Wynwood is four miles, about a twenty-minute drive.

You can easily hop on the free City of Miami Trolley from downtown Miami and be in Wynwood in a quick ten-minute drive.

Getting Around Wynwood, Miami

Known as one of Miami’s most Instagrammed destinations, traffic in and around the Wynwood neighborhood is almost always a nightmare. Navigating the tiny streets is not for the easily frustrated.

Frankly, the best way to see (and get around) Wynwood – especially if you’re there for the street art – is on foot.

We highly recommend getting to the area via a rideshare service such as Lyft to avoid the parking hassle, not to mention a safe way back home after hitting a few of the Wynwood breweries (more on those later).

Citi Bike Docking Station

Citibike Miami, a bike rental system, is also an excellent option for exploring the wider area, with various docking stations located throughout the Wynwood neighborhood.

Wynwood Citi Bike Docking Station Locations:

  • 22nd Street & NW 5th Avenue
  • 24th Street & NW 2nd Avenue
  • 26th Street & NW 2nd Avenue
  • 27th Terrace & NW 3rd Avenue
  • 27th Street & North Miami Avenue
  • 33rd Street & North Miami Avenue

Parking in Wynwood Art District

If you must drive when visiting Wynwood, consider parking in the Wynwood Garage featuring the award-winning facade by Thom Faulders studio. Check here for Wynwood garage parking rates.

Artistic Wynwood Garage building
The Wynwood Garage 311 NW 26th St, Miami, FL

Or do, like most Miamians, keep an eye out for the Pay-by-Phone street parking available throughout the neighborhood. Street parking is limited.

In general, the Pay-by-Phone app is a must-download when in Miami as it allows you to pay for parking, replenish, and extend parking times as needed on your mobile phone. Updates are sent via the app so you can relax and continue enjoying wherever you may be.

But be sure to find the location number and pay the parking fee before leaving your vehicle to avoid those pesky parking fines!

Wynwood Miami Florida neighborhood with buildings and murals

Planning Tip: Although the Wynwood neighborhood has turned around in the past decade, remnants of its rougher past still shine through from time to time, so keep all valuables out of sight, especially if parking on the street.

Hotels in MiamiWhere to Stay in Wynwood, Miami

Wynwood is one of the best neighborhoods in Miami and the center of art and culture. The area, however, is continuously developing with limited neighborhood hotels, but here are a few popular favorites:

  • Sentral Wynwood is located among Wynwood hot spots featuring large apartment-style rooms with a spectacular rooftop pool. Check rates and availability.
  • Arlo Wynwood offers sleek and modern rooms with free bikes, private parking, an outdoor swimming pool, and a fitness center. Check rates and availability.
  • Hyde Suites Midtown Miami is a prime pet-friendly pick with a tennis court, outdoor poolside bar, and a lovely spa. Check current rates.
  • Hampton Inn & Suites Miami Wynwood Design District is always a safe bet within walking distance of the Miami Design District. Read customer reviews, and check rates and availability.

If you are looking for more selection, we recommend checking out the countless hotels in downtown Miami. Downtown is a quick and easy jaunt to Wynwood, a short distance from many of the city’s bucket list things to do, including South Beach and Little Havana’s Calle Ocho.

Plan Your Stay: Search top-rated Miami hotels and accommodations – read reviews, check rates, and availability here!

Best Tours for Exploring the Wynwood Neighborhood

While Wynwood is the perfect place for a leisurely afternoon stroll, there is much more than meets the eye here. We recommend participating in a guided tour with a local expert to bring your Wynwood experience to the next level. Here are a few tours to consider:

People on bike tour

Things to Do in Wynwood Miami

Wynwood’s art comes in many forms. With over 200 murals to enjoy, it’s safe to say many of the best things to do in Wynwood are centered around art. The famous Wynwood Walls and murals, the monthly Wynwood Art Walk, or a visit to the Museum of Graffiti are just a few musts for any first-time visitor.

Here are some of our favorite places in Wynwood Miami to get your culture on, grab a cocktail, or indulge in some late-night eats.

Visit the Wynwood Walls

Wynwood Walls Miami Florida main entrance gate

Most people come to this pocket to check out the Wynwood Walls art on display. It is a small gated section within the heart of the district with a series of massive murals adorning warehouse exteriors – and they don’t disappoint.

Large colorful mural with faces

Both bold and intricate designs, and splashes of turquoise and yellow light up the former industrial district, showcasing some of the most intrinsic art from famous street artists across the globe. Shepard Fairey, Tristan Eaton, Ron English, and Eduardo Kobra are just a few notable artists who have been featured.

Mural with women faces in red white and blue

These works of art are found on doors, walls, and even in gardens and shops. You’ll find artwork displayed from a unique street art perspective to gallery-like walls covered with culture, political statements, and subjects pertinent to today’s society.

Wynwood Walls Museum Location, Hours & Admission

Colorful Wynwood Walls Sign Mural

Wynwood Walls Welcome Center entrance is located at 266 NW 26th Street, Miami, FL 33127

Hours of operation: Sunday through Thursday, from 11 am to 7 pm; Friday and Saturday, from 11 am to 8 pm. The entrance doors are closed 30 minutes before closing time.

Admission ticket: There is an admission fee to access the Wynwood Walls. The time entry ticket can be purchased online or upon arrival at the museum’s Welcome Center.

The Wynwood Walls museum general admission tickets cost are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and military with ID $, $5 for students with ID, and children under 12 years old enter for free, but a ticket is required. Minors must be accompanied by at least one adult over 18 years old.

Wynwood Art District Neighborhood Murals

The graffiti murals aren’t only confined to the Wynwood Walls. With so much to see, every block in the Wynwood Miami district is an artistic experience, and easy to see why Wynwood often is referred to as the world’s largest outdoor gallery.

Wynwood Miami Florida eyes mural

You’ll find art throughout the neighborhood, including trash cans and sidewalks, so don’t forget to look down!

Best of all, they are always changing, so you can come back time and time again and are almost certain to find something new — capture your faves while you can. Here are a few of our favorites from over the years.

Free to Visit Wynwood Art District Murals

You’ll be delighted to know it is free to explore murals throughout the Wynwood neighborhood. Make sure you’ve got your pocket money to indulge in a hearty meal from one of the eateries!

Wynwood ArtWalk

The Wynwood Art Walk is one of the most popular things to do in Wynwood and the place to be on the second Saturday of each month if you can manage it.

Mural of women in bikinis in a purple car

The evening is a giant block party, similar to Little Havana’s Viernes Culturales, featuring live music, local artisan vendors, food trucks, and more, set against the hip backdrop of the Wynwood murals.

Dance throughout the streets, gallery hop, grab a cocktail, play a game of life-sized Jenga, and mingle with other art enthusiasts at Miami’s liveliest monthly street party.

Basel House

The annual Basel House is one of Wynwood’s largest events, coinciding with Miami Art Week and Art Basel Miami Beach. Experience street art in a whole new light.

With trippy art installations, live music and DJs, and plenty of food trucks, this event is colorful, lively, and not to be missed! So, consider yourself lucky if your travel dates align with this dream winter getaway for culture vultures.

Miami Selfie Museum

Wynwood Walls Miami Florida Hello Miami Mural

The Miami Selfie Museum allows you to take selfies with giant props and backdrops. From oversized candy to life-size cutouts of your favorite celebrities, there’s something for everyone at this fun-filled museum.

In addition, the first Monday of each month is pet day. Each adult is allowed to bring one pet up to 25 pounds or up to 25 inches when standing.

Large groups of 15 people or more qualify for discounted entry, and they even offer team-building events. So whether you’re a selfie enthusiast or just looking for fun things to do, the Miami Selfie Museum is definitely worth checking out. So grab your camera and head on over for some photo-worthy fun!

Lock and Load Miami

Lock and Load Miami Machine Gun Experience building sign

The Miami Lock and Load Museum is one of the most unique museums in the world. Located in Miami’s Wynwood District Miami, this museum is dedicated to the history and evolution of firearms. From early handguns to modern-day assault rifles, the Miami Lock and Load Museum has it all.

At the range, anyone can shoot as long as they present their ID or passport. Experience is not required; firearm experts will wake you through safety training, provide you with ear and eye protection, and teach you everything you need to know about the firearm you’ve selected.

A World of Wynwood Art Galleries at Your Fingertips

While many art galleries punctuate the Wynwood Art District scene, here are a few in the area where you’ll find a collection of work from various talented artists.

Exterior of Museum of Graffiti Wynwood Miami
  • Museum of Graffiti: In the heart of Wynwood, you’ll find two indoor exhibits and one outdoor display. Get beyond the messy spray-painted tags and join a tour to learn about the world of street art and graffiti artists. Address: 299 NW 25th St, Miami, FL 33127
  • Rubell Museum: Be awed by one of the largest private contemporary art collections in North America. Once a drug enforcement agency building (seriously!), this repurposed warehouse is now home to a constantly expanding collection. From striking abstract murals to dazzling light displays, there’s so much to see you could spend days here. Address: 1100 NW 23rd St, Miami, FL 33127
  • Margulies Collection at The Warehouse: If you love sprawling industrial spaces and thought-provoking visual arts, be sure to stop by. Spanning 45,000 square feet and housing the renowned collection of real estate mogul and philanthropist Martin Z. Margulies, this facility features a whole day’s worth of modern sculpture, video, painting, and installations. Address: 591 NW 27th St, Miami, FL 33127
  • Bakehouse Art Complex: This converted industrial bakery provides subsidized studio space for artists as well as a free admission gallery. It hosts a rotating roster of artists in residence, ranging from photographers and painters to whimsical textile artists. It’s quite the little community hub and even offers creative workshops and classes. Address: 561 NW 32nd St, Miami, FL 33127

Best Restaurants in Wynwood Miami: Where to Eat

Miami is known for its smorgasbord of dining options, and Wynwood is no different. So whether you want freshly-ground espresso, bubble tea, or a plate of flavorful tacos, here are some of our favorite eateries to hit up when it’s time for a refuel.

colorful dish on table
  • bartaco: From the fresh and bold flavor tacos to the specialty craft cocktails, bartaco is one of the best places in Wynwood to grab a bite and replenish your energy. Serving fresh, upscale street food in an outdoor-inspired ambiance bartaco offers a relaxing atmosphere with a menu perfect for ordering a bunch of tapas to share. Try the ultra-fresh tuna tatako, or chile-lime shrimp bowl, or dig into the glazed pork belly taco with some street corn. It’s an ideal date night spot to enjoy inventive fare made from local ingredients. Address: 282 NW 25th St, Miami, FL 33127
Cuban Sandwich at Enriqueta's Sandwich Shop in Edgewater, Wynwood Miami Florida
  • Enriqueta’s Sandwich Shop: If you are looking for great authentic, no-fuss Cuban food in Miami, just like your Abuela made, Enriqueta’s is the place to go. First-timers should go straight for the famous Cuban sandwich. This humble Cuban restaurant offers generous portions, and its quality and authenticity make it a go-to for first-generation Cubans. This is comfort food at its best. Address: 186 NE 29th St, Miami, FL 33137
  • Panther Coffee: This small-batch roastery does a killer latte and has a rustic, industrial vibe. Have a seat on the outdoor patio, get cozy, and let the caffeine sink in. Address: 2390 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127
People sitting at tables and restaurnt counter
  • The Taco Stand: This too-cool-for-school canteen-style taco stand is a lifesaver for a Mexican street food craving. The Taco Stand offers a range of mouth-watering tacos; however, our favorite is the pescada (mahi-mahi) burrito, topped with cabbage and avocado with a chipotle sauce. Address: 313 NW 25th St, Miami, FL 33127
  • Zak the Baker: Fuel those long walks with gourmet homemade baked goods from Zak’s! This laid-back spot is great for grabbing a coffee and picking up a hearty loaf of homemade bread. They also do a light café brunch, serving things like smashed avocado on sourdough toast. Address: 295 NW 26th St, Miami, FL 33127
Fish shape waffle ice cream cone on baking rack
  • 1-800 Lucky: This 10,000-square-foot food hall offers various unique Pan-Asian-inspired dishes in a casual indoor and outdoor setting, along with special karaoke sessions. If you have a sweet tooth, do not leave without stopping by the Taiyaki NYC Miami stand for a serving of Japanese ice cream. Go for the full experience; opt for the fish-shaped (but not fish-flavored) waffle ice cream cone with the sweet red bean filling, as commonly served in Japan. Address: 143 NW 23rd St, Miami, FL 33127
  • Coyo Taco Wynwood: Modern, industrial, and very Wynwood, this trendy taco spot has a not-so-secret bar and some great eats on the menu, like corn tortillas with crispy duck. Come for the classic Mexican fare and stay for the margaritas (made with their special house blend of tequila!). Address: 2300 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127


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Wynwood Craft Breweries

If craft beer is your thing, you are going to love the breweries in Wynwood. Wynwood has become a hotspot for craft breweries, with several to choose from. Here are some spots worth checking out to try a local craft beer on tap.

colorful mural on Wynwood Brewing Company building
  • Wynwood Brewing Company: The area’s original craft brewery, Wynwood Brewing Company taproom, features both seasonal and signature beers, with almost 20 on tap at one time! The vibe here is industrial yet comfortable, with both locals and tourists alike sampling a taste of the goods here! Address: 565 NW 24th St, Miami, FL 33127
People sitting at establishment outside patio
  • Veza Sur Brewing: Combining both Latin and American roots, Veza Sur is the spot to sample some unique craft brews and Peruvian-inspired eats in an eclectic atmosphere. You also can’t go wrong with the $3 beers on select nights. Address: 55 NW 25th St, Miami, FL 33127
People interacting at J. Wakefield Brewing courtyard
  • J. Wakefield Brewing: J. Wakefield Brewing fits right in the Wynwood theme. Its hip, graffiti-laden taproom and decking area provide the perfect place to sip some refreshing homebrews, like a coconut-infused Hefeweizen. Pay a visit to the tasting room at J. Wakefield Brewing for an impressive lineup. Address: 120 NW 24th St, Miami, FL 33127
  • Cerveceria La Tropical Brewery: This world-famous brewery is a great place to enjoy some of the best beer in Miami. Cerveceria La Tropical Brewery’s first location was founded in Cuba in 1888, and opened up its Wynwood location in 2021. The Cerveceria La Tropical Brewery offers a variety of different beers, as well as a full bar, restaurant, and tropical garden. This is a great place to come with friends and family, and it’s also one of the most popular places to eat in Wynwood. If you’re looking for a great place to drink beer and eat good food, this is the place for you. Address: 42 NE 25th St, Miami, FL 33137

Wynwood Nightlife

This city is famous for its nightlife, and you know that one of the best neighborhoods in Miami also has some of the best hotspots.

large crowd day partying
Photo courtesy of Ricardo Laboy
  • El Patio: Grab a craft cocktail from the Latin-inspired El Patio. This open-air spot serves craft beer and light fare in a casual backyard setting. But come early as it gets crowded.
  • Racket: An excellent Wynwood destination with a cocktail bar, lounge, nightclub, and some of the best DJs you can find in the city.
  • ASTRA: If you’re still up for more, trendy ASTRA and Instagram-ready nighttime fave is perfect for parties and first dates alike. From the much-loved rooftop venue, you’ll have a sweeping view of Midtown Miami. With international DJs, craft cocktails, and a cool crowd, this is the place to be every night of the week. Oh, and stop for the famous bottomless Sunday brunch!
People hanging outside Gramps Wynwood Miami
  • Gramps: When you’re ready to liven things up, catch a show at Gramps. This hip hangout has an artsy but casual vibe and an outdoor patio with communal tables. The friendly locals and cocktail menu are a delight, with daily drink specials.
  • Lagniappe: Last but not least, get to Lagniappe for a New Orleans-style wine bar. Lagniappe is ideal for those wanting to quietly sip a glass of wine, as well as those looking for a livelier vibe in a backyard setting.

Things to Know About Wynwood Miami – Travel Tips & Advice

When paying a visit to the district, here are a few things you should be aware of, from what to wear and where to eat to when to get the best photos possible! Here are a few tips to make the most of your Wynwood trip.

Is the Wynwood Miami Safe?

Wynwood Walls wooden entrance Miami Florida

The Wynwood Art District and the surrounding areas are continuously developing. Wynwood’s main city blocks are heavily trafficked by tourists and locals alike. You shouldn’t have to worry much about general safety.

However, the former warehouse district is surrounded by residential areas. Therefore, take caution venturing off the busy central district as you can easily find yourself in less populated areas, making you an easy target for crimes.

In general, Wynwood Art District is safe, but like most major cities, be mindful of your surroundings, day or night, take safety precautions, especially if alone, protect your valuables and remain within the district’s main areas.

Visiting Wynwood Essentials

The perpetual Miami heat is something to bear in mind when wandering around the Wynwood Art District. Come prepared for the elements.

Make sure you’re dressed comfortably, bring appropriate walking shoes, regularly apply sunscreen, and drink lots of water to stay hydrated. It can get intense, particularly in the height of summer.

Best Time to Visit Wynwood?

When it comes to planning your visit, whether to admire the street art or for great photo opportunities, it’s best to visit the Wynwood Art District in the morning – preferably on a weekday.

Large yellow mural with woman wearing glasses

Lunchtime and the weekends are the busiest times in Wynwood. Arrive early to avoid getting caught up in the crowds and allow time to wander around and admire the street art.

But keep in mind that the Wynwood Walls do not open until 11 am.

Final Thoughts

If you want to experience something different than nightclubs and beach days on your trip to Miami, Wynwood Arts District is calling your name.

The beauty and vibrancy of this reclaimed neighborhood in south Florida is something that just can’t be explained in words, and the craft beers and hip eateries are the perfect complements after a satisfying day of art crawling. Savor Wynwood – it’s a recipe for a good time!

If you’re looking for an excellent place to see fine art, sample delectable cuisines, and wander around, Wynwood is the place to be!

Wynwood Miami Itinerary Map

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