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By: Shayne Benowitz

Greater Miami & Miami Beach has world-class meeting and event spaces. But if you’re looking for a venue that’s out of the ordinary, memorable and far removed from city life, you’ll find many options in South Dade. Here, you’ll find tropical farms, a NASCAR racetrack, a cultural arts center and iconic local attractions, all of which can serve as unique meeting and event venues. Come visit to see a different side of Miami in South Dade, and then plan your meeting, wedding or event here.

The Berry Farm

For a fun group outing, consider planning an excursion to The Berry Farm, where you can spend the afternoon picking strawberries and enjoying homemade strawberry milkshakes and strawberry shortcake. The Berry Farm also rents out a pavilion in the middle of the strawberry field for weddings and special events.

By Brothers

By Brothers is a whimsical family-owned venue in South Dade anchored by a Cuban restaurant. There’s also an inflatable waterpark, pedal go-karts, an aviary, a petting farm and train rides. These kid-friendly attractions make By Brothers the perfect setting for family-friendly events, birthday parties and special occasions. They also specialize in weddings, and there’s a heart-shaped deck overlooking a lovely pond.

Fruit & Spice
Discover Fruit & Spice Park's tropical fruit paradise

Fruit & Spice Park

A South Dade landmark since 1944, the 39-acre Fruit & Spice Park is a magical place. More than 500 varieties of fruits, vegetables, spices, nuts and herbs are grown here. It can also be rented for weddings, private social celebrations and corporate events. The onsite Mango Café, which features dishes created with produce grown at the park, can cater your meeting, wedding or event.

Speedway Aerial
Homestead Miami Speedway hosts world-class racing events

Homestead Miami Speedway

The Homestead Miami Speedway hosts world-class racing events such as the NASCAR Dixie 400 Weekend. The 600-acre facility with 55,000 grandstand seats boasts a 1.5-mile oval course and a 2.21-mile road course. The entire facility can be rented out for corporate events, car shows, motorcycle events and video or photo shoots. Facility rentals include the Champions Club, located on the third floor of the Turn 1 Tower with capacity for 850 people, including an enclosed area and balcony seating overlooking the track. For a more intimate group, the Pit Box is available trackside on the second floor in the center infield, and can accommodate 90 people for an exciting place to watch the races or throw a party. Other hospitality areas include the Speedway Terrace and Container Bar.

Schnebly Redland’s Winery
Find your new favorite tropical wine at Schnebly Redland’s Winery

Schnebly Redland’s Winery & Brewery

In the heart of Homestead’s farmland, Schnebly Redland’s Winery & Brewery is a massive estate with a novel, subtropical approach to winemaking. Instead of producing wines with grapes, Peter Schnebly founded the winery to create wines out of local tropical fruits. He soon added brewmaster to his credentials when he founded Miami Brewing Company, with its taproom and brewery on the property. The lush tropical grounds include many venues that can be rented for weddings and special events – ranging in size from an intimate luncheon of 20 in the Orchid Tiki to a gala affair of 500 guests inside Miami Brewing Company’s taproom. Wedding ceremonies are held in the lovely courtyard, with a waterfall and palm trees for scenery. They also offer farm-to-table catering menus. A hands-on events banquet and management team is available to ensure your event goes off without a hitch.

Secret Gardens Miami

A lush oasis in the Redland agricultural area designed for weddings, special events and photo shoots, Secret Gardens Miami is a romantic venue with flowing waterfalls, koi ponds and stone bridges for stunning, picture-perfect vignettes across its six acres. With a variety of wedding packages available, the venue can accommodate 80 to 150 guests with open-air settings for the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception, including an outdoor ballroom. The onsite Villa Laguna is also home to a honeymoon suite where the happy couple can opt to spend their first night together as a married couple.

SMDCAC exterior
With its award-winning architecture, South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center is perfect for performances & community events

South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center

When the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center (SMDCAC) opened in 2011, it ushered in a new era for Cutler Bay and the entire South Dade area. The state-of-the-art venue, designed by award-winning architecture firm Arquitectonica, is home to a 961-seat Main Stage Theater, as well as a Black Box Theater, Lab Theater, backyard concert lawn, dance rehearsal studio and multiple classrooms. Dedicated to multidisciplinary cultural arts, SMDCAC stages everything from opera to film, musicals, concerts, dance and stand-up comedy. It also acts as a community gathering place, with education and outreach at the core of its mission. With so many multipurpose spaces available, the center is able to offer a wide range of facility rentals for meetings and events, ranging in size from 129 to 700 people.

Zoo Miami Giraffe Feeding
Feed the animals and enjoy wildlife shows at Zoo Miami

Zoo Miami

Take a walk on the wild side at Zoo Miami with your group or event. Spanning 750 acres in South Dade with more than 3,000 animals, Zoo Miami is a fun attraction for meetings, groups and events. Open-air exhibitions are dedicated to animal habitats from around the world, including Florida’s Everglades, the Amazon, Africa, Australia and Asia. Your group will have the opportunity to feed animals, watch a wildlife show and ride through the zoo on a monorail or tram. With indoor and outdoor facility rentals, picnic packages and catering available, Zoo Miami works with groups as small as nine and as large as 1,000+, whether it’s a birthday party or a full-blown buyout corporate affair. There’s no limit to how groups can activate this unique venue for meetings, parties and events.

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