Miami Highlight: Wynwood Arts District
One of the perks of being a student at Florida International University (FIU) is living in Miami – one of the most globally engaged cities in the United States. Our Global First Year students take advantage of all the cool things there are to do here in Miami, and this blog series, “Miami Highlights,” will focus on some of their favorites!
One clear Global First Year favorite is definitely the Wynwood Arts District. Students love taking pictures in front of the completely Instagram-worthy Wynwood Walls! Last year, the Global First Year program planned an official outing in Wynwood, touring the art murals and eating dinner in one of the many amazing restaurants this part of the city has to offer.
The Wynwood Arts District is one of the largest and most prominent creative communities in the United States and home to over 70 art galleries, retail stores, eclectic bars, great restaurants, and one of the largest open-air street-art installations in the world.
Taking over what used to be the warehouse and manufacturing district of Miami, developers have rehabilitated neglected warehouses, shuttered factories, and other unused buildings, transforming them into the numerous art complexes, galleries, performing art spaces, restaurants, cafes, and other creative businesses we see today!
With the introduction of the “Second Saturday Art Walk” in the District and the arrival of celebrity filled Art Basel in 2002, Wynwood has seen some unexpected growth in a relatively short period of time as it gets more and more attention by the locals as the go-to place for an alternative and more cultural nightlife in the city of Miami.
For a list of the current hottest Wynwood restaurants, click here.
To go on a Wynwood Art Walk Tour, click here.