Introduction to West Miami, Florida
West Miami History
In the early 1900s, the area now known as West Miami, was an unincorporated part of Miami-Dade County. In 1947, the county banned gambling and reduced the number of cocktail hours. As a result, four businessmen invested in the incorporation of the city. They collected $400, and thought of names for the community including "West Gate", "West Haven", and "West Miami". At roughly the same time, the government donated land to encourage settlement in the area. As World War II was drawing to a close, soldiers returning from the war built their homes on these free lots in West Miami. When the city incorporated, there were only 700 residents. West Miami experienced significant growth and development in the 1990s.
West Miami and Nearby Attractions
- Historical Museum of Southern Florida
- Coral Castle
- Barnacle State Historic Site
- Miami Metrozoo
- Biscayne National Park
- Fairchild Tropical Garden
Things To Do In West Miami
The Historical Museum of Southern Florida, and Gold Coast Railroad Museum showcase exhibits reflecting the history and folklife of the area. The city of West Miami also has numerous art museums such as the Frost Art Museum, the Art Museum at Florida International University, Lowe Art Museum, and Miami Art Museum of Dade County. Coral Castle, a castle of coral rock built by Latvian immigrant Edward Leedskalnin, is a historical site near the city. Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, one of the top 10 beaches according to Dr. Beach's Annual Top 10 Beaches list of 2002, offers facilities for fishing, swimming, biking, picnicking, and scuba diving. Other popular attractions include the Fairchild Tropical Garden, Miami Seaquarium, and Miami Metrozoo.
West Miami Transportation
Miami International Airport is the closest major airport.
West Miami Higher Education
Colleges near the city of West Miami include Barry University, Miami-Dade Community College, and University of Miami.