Introduction to Hialeah, Florida
Founded in 1925, Hialeah is a city located in Miami-Dade County in southeast Florida. Hialeah is twenty minutes northwest of Miami, twenty five minutes northwest of Miami Beach, and twenty five minutes north of Coral Gables. Hialeah is the fifth largest city in Florida and occupies 20 square miles. It is part of both the Miami metropolitan area as well as the Greater South Florida metropolitan area, which has a population of 5.4 million people according to the US Census Bureau. Hialeah is an Indian name that means "High Prairie".
Hialeah provides access to the following major thoroughfares: I-95, I-75, the Palmetto and Sawgrass Expressways, and the Florida Turnpike. Hialeah residents also have access to both Opa-Locka and Miami International Airports, and the Port of Miami. There are Amtrak, Tri-Rail and Metro-Rail stations located within the city as well.
Miami-Hialeah was ranked 22nd on Inc. Magazine's 2004 list of the "Top 25 Cities for Doing Business in America" in the "large cities" category. The Hialeah Fire Department is nationally ranked as Class I. There are fewer than twenty five such fire departments in the United States.
Hialeah Arts and Culture
Hialeah provides easy access to all of the arts and entertainment offerings of nearby Miami as well as the South Florida metropolitan area. Parks and cultural resources in Hialeah include:
- Amelia Earhart Park
- Bucky Dent Park Gym
- Don Shula's Hotel & Golf Club
- GableStage (in Coral Gables)
- Goodlet Park
- Goodlet Tennis Center
- Hialeah Park (an Audobon Bird Sanctuary and is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places)
- Hialeah Racetrack
- Milander Auditorium
- Milander Park
- Ted Hendrick's Stadium
- The Gymnasium & Youth Center at Bucky Dent
- Triangle Park
- Major League Baseball (MLB) - The Florida Marlins.
- Minor League Baseball (MiLB) - The Jupiter Hammerheads and the Palm Beach Cardinals play an hour and a half north in Jupiter, Florida. The Hammerheads are a Class A Advanced affiliate of the Florida Marlins, and the Cardinals are a Class A Advanced affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals.
- Basketball - The National Basketball League (NBA) Miami Heat.
- Football - The National Football League (NFL) Miami Dolphins.
- Hockey - The National Hockey League (NHL) Florida Panthers play in nearby Sunrise.
- Soccer - The United Soccer League (USL) USL First Division Miami FC.
South Florida is rich in professional sports offerings. Residents of Hialeah have access to the following major sports teams:
Fans of college football will enjoy the fact that nearby Miami is the home to the Orange Bowl.