Multicultural Heritage Neighborhood Tours

By Shayne Benowitz | Jul 31, 2017
Lyric Theater in Historic Overtown
Lyric Theater in Historic Overtown

Get a taste of Historic Overtown, Little Havana, Little Haiti, Coconut Grove Village West and more with these premiere heritage tours.

Miami is a rich melting pot of cultures with many heritage neighborhoods that tell a fascinating story of the city’s history through its people. From Little Havana to Little Haiti and Historic Overtown to Liberty City, Miami is a celebration of pan-Latin and Caribbean cultures. The best way to get a taste of these multicultural heritage neighborhoods is through the city’s diverse tour offerings.

CHAT Miami

CHAT stands for Cultural Heritage Alliance Tours and they specialize in both walking and bus tours of Miami’s heritage neighborhoods, including Overtown, Little Haiti, Little Havana and Coconut Grove’s Village West. They really shine with their two-hour walking tours and you can also embark on a four-hour multi-neighborhood tour that includes lunch.

In Overtown, you’ll visit the historic D.A. Dorsey House, Ward Rooming House, Lyric Theater, Black Archives and the Black Police Precinct & Courthouse Museum, as well as the neighborhood’s historic Baptist churches. The tour includes a taste of the neighborhood’s famous soul food, like fried chicken and macaroni and cheese.

Their Little Haiti tour whisks you to the Little Haiti Cultural Center, Caribbean Market and Haitian Cultural Arts Alliance, as well as to the many art galleries of the neighborhood. You’ll sample a plate of griot (fried pork) with rice and peas and plenty of creole sauce, a signature Haitian dish.

CubaOcho Museum & Performing Arts Center

In Little Havana, you’ll visit Maximo Gomez Domino Park, the Sacred Tree from Afro-Cuban religions, CubaOcho Musuem & Performing Arts Center and the newly restored Ball & Chain where Billie Holiday once performed. An afternoon in Little Havana isn’t complete without sampling the cuisine and you’ll enjoy everything from empanadas to croquetas on this tour.

The Village West tour explores Miami’s Bahamian heritage along Charles Avenue with stops at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, Stirrup House and Kroma Art Gallery topped off with a taste of Bahamian conch fritters and conch salad.

Big Bus Tours Miami

Big Bus Tours Miami is the ultimate hop-on, hop-off narrated open-top bus tour with both a Miami Beach and a City loop. The City loop takes you to Little Havana, Coconut Grove and Overtown’s Lyric Theater with other highlights including Wynwood Walls, the Perez Art Museum Miami, Frost Science and Vizcaya Museum & Gardens. These 90-minute tours run every 30 minutes allowing plenty of flexibility to hop off and explore the heritage neighborhoods on the loop.

In Little Havana, you can visit the Bay of Pigs museum, Maximo Gomez Domino Park and sample the flavors, sights and sounds of Calle Ocho. In Coconut Grove, discover Village West, home to Miami’s first Bahamian immigrants. Overtown is Miami’s historically black neighborhood with a rich Jazz Age history centered around the newly restored Lyric Theater.

Miami Culinary Tours

With tours through Wynwood, South Beach and the Design District, you don’t want to miss Miami Culinary’s Little Havana tour. Sometimes, the best way to discover a culture is through its cuisine, and that’s certainly the case with the Cuban culture. This two and a half hour walking tour traverses eight blocks along Calle Ocho where you’ll sample food at five different restaurants and enjoy a full meal. Sink your teeth into guava pastries at Yisell Bakery, picadillo-stuffed empanadas at El Pub, tropical fruits at Los Pinarenos Fruteria and so much more, all while learning about the historical, architectural and cultural contexts of the neighborhood and its people.

Little Haiti Cultural Center

History Miami Tours

The venerable HistoryMiami Museum offers an extensive and ever-changing calendar of city tours throughout the year, many of them led by Miami historian Dr. Paul George. Plan ahead and join their Little Havana Walking Tour, Little Haiti Culture Walk or a Historic Coconut Grove Boat Cruise. Private, custom tours are also available by request.

Urban Tour Host

For a completely customizable experience, Urban Tour Host provides both group and private tours of Historic Overtown, Little Haiti, Little Havana, Coconut Grove and Liberty City. Operating since 2003, they can tailor make tours for conference goers, corporate and executive excursions, academic and school groups, media, non-profit organizations and family reunions. Whether its bus tours, walking tours, culinary tours or a combination of all three, Urban Tour Host can create the perfect heritage tour to meet your specific needs.

People Place Connect Walking Tours

Corrina J. Moebius is a cultural anthropologist, Little Havana scholar and co-author of the book A History of Little Havana. As such, her customizable, private and small group tours of Little Havana dive into both the culture and cuisine with an emphasis on art, music, dance, politics and the spiritual and religious sides of the Cuban people. She offers profound insight into the neighborhood with her thoughtful tours that you won’t soon forget.

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