Introduction to Carol City, Florida
Carol City is a community located in Miami-Dade County, Florida. Situated about 12 miles north of Miami, the community was originally named "Coral City" by developers. Threat of a lawsuit by the nearby city of Coral Gables caused a last-minute switch to the name of Carol City. In 2003 the majority of Carol City, along with parts of other small communities such as Andover, Bunche Park, Lake Lucerne, Norland, Opa-Locka North, and Scott Lake, voted to incorporate as the city of Miami Gardens.
Attractions in and near Carol City
Only a short drive from Miami, Carol City is accessible to some of South Florida's major attractions, a few of which are listed here:
- Ancient Spanish Monastery (North Miami Beach): Built in Segovia, Spain in 1141, and shipped to America in pieces by newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst.
- Parrot Jungle Island (Miami): An 18+ acre entertainment destination, home to some 3,000 exotic animals and 500 plant species.
- The Bass Museum of Art (Miami Beach): Established in 1963 as the centerpiece of the city’s historic district.
- The Jackie Gleason Theater of the Performing Arts (Miami Beach): Host site of Broadway shows, symphony performances, ballet, and contemporary entertainment.
- Venetian Pool (Coral Gables): The only swimming pool included in the National Register of Historic Places.
- Barnacle State Historic Park (Coconut Grove): Built in 1891 by Coconut Grove pioneer Ralph Munroe.
- Biscayne National Park (Homestead): Features on-site canoe and kayak rentals, a picnic area, walking trails, and fishing and camping facilities.
- Everglades Alligator Farm (Homestead): South Florida’s oldest working alligator farm.
- Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (Coral Gables): One of the world's premier botanical gardens, featuring extensive collections of rare tropical plants.
- Gold Coast Railroad Museum (Miami)
- Miami MetroZoo
- Miami Seaquarium
- South Florida Art Center (Miami Beach)
- Vizcaya Museum and Gardens (Miami)
- World and U.S. Chess Hall of Fame (Miami)
The city of Miami Gardens houses Dolphin Stadium, home to the National Football League's Miami Dolphins and Major League Baseball's Florida Marlins. Dolphin Stadium also hosts the Orange Bowl game, an annual college football classic. Calder Race Course, home to major thoroughbred horse racing, is also located in the city. Other Miami-area professional sports teams include the National Basketball Association's Miami Heat and the National Hockey League's Florida Panthers. Fans of first-class collegiate sports can enjoy the University of Miami's Hurricanes, located in nearby Coral Gables. The school is known for its highly successful athletic programs, most notably in baseball (four College Baseball World Series championships) and football (five-time NCAA national football champions).