Instagrammable Miami: Historic and Cultural Areas


Vizcaya Museum and Gardens


The Biltmore Hotel Miami – Coral Gables

Tower Theater

Tower Theater in Little Havana

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By: Patricia Azze

Ultra-modern hotels, hip brunch spots, and the most aesthetically pleasing lattes you could imagine – these are just some of the Insta-famous moments being captured in Miami as we speak. Even though Miami is known for trendy spots favored by social media influencers, there’s more to this thriving community. Here in Miami, we’re as proud of our historic side, along with the diverse cultural highlights that can be found throughout the destination.

Sure, you can find your fair share of Instagrammable spots, from South Beach to Downtown Miami. But if you’re hoping to snag a few shareable shots of our historic and cultural areas, we promise you won’t be disappointed with what Miami has to offer. Here are some of our favorite highlights of Miami’s most Instagrammable historic and cultural spots, offering up a diverse assortment of photo-ops.

Capture Old-World glamour at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Coconut Grove

Coconut Grove is a charming area a few miles south of Downtown Miami and Brickell. As one of the first areas of Miami to be settled, it is teeming with historic sites.

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Tucked along the coast of Biscayne Bay, the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is a gorgeous historic estate that features expansive gardens, a sprawling mansion and plenty of impressive architecture. With its Old-World sense of glamour, the villa and its gardens are a beautiful backdrop for your photos.

Perfect backdrops await you at The Biltmore Hotel Miami – Coral Gables

Coral Gables

Coral Gables is a part of the historical fabric of the Greater Miami. With its historic landmarks and stunning mansions, Coral Gables is a beautiful place to see a quieter side of Miami.

The Biltmore Hotel Miami – Coral Gables

After opening its doors in 1926, The Biltmore Hotel Miami – Coral Gables quickly became a favorite spot of celebrities and world leaders alike. Today, it’s one of Florida’s iconic National Historic Landmarks, serving up a variety of elegant photo backdrops.

Discover the roosters of Little Havana

Little Havana

Considered the heart and soul of Miami’s Cuban community, Little Havana is a neighborhood with a vibrant personality and a one-of-a-kind aesthetic. Colorful and rich in culture, Little Havana offers a fascinating variety of photo-friendly scenes.

The Roosters of Calle Ocho

Take a walk down Calle Ocho (otherwise known as Southwest 8th Street), and you’ll quickly come across the famed rooster sculptures that stand proudly throughout the area. Each of the larger-than-life sculptures is completely unique, created by local artists and happily serving as selfie material for tourists and locals alike. See how many of the Calle Ocho roosters you can get a photo with, then combine your shots for a fun Instagram series that will garner plenty of likes.

Tower Theater

This 1926 theater is one of Miami’s oldest cultural landmarks and was a state-of-the-art venue in its heyday. Its Art Deco architecture and 40-foot tower make it an attention-grabbing structure in Little Havana, and its fascinating history is one you’ll want to learn about.

Embrace the colors of Opa-locka


Founded in the 1920s, Opa-locka is one of Miami’s most unique and visually stunning neighborhoods, featuring a variety of structures inspired by a “One Thousand and One Nights” theme. Home to the Western Hemisphere’s largest collection of Moorish Revival architecture, the community looks like something out of the pages of a storybook, rich with Instagrammable images aplenty.

Opa-locka Company Administration Building

It’s impossible to miss this administrative building in Opa-locka, with its crisp white walls, turquoise accents and peach-colored domes. Snag a selfie with this unique building in the background, and you’re sure to have plenty of friends and followers wondering where in the world you’re adventuring.

Opa-locka Railroad Station

Another one of the historic buildings in Opa-locka, the railroad station is constructed in the neighborhood’s iconic Moorish Revival style. Colorful tilework, multiple archways and geometric lettering reading “Opa-locka Florida” make this a great spot to get a photo.

Learn more about the culture and history of Miami

Miami might be one of the world’s most Instagrammable cities, but it’s also an international destination with something to offer everyone. Arts, culture, history, nature, food, nightlife, and more – here in Miami, we have it all. And if you’re hoping to snap a few share-worthy pictures while you’re in the city, you’ll be happy to know that you’ll likely end up with more than your fair share of fabulous photos.

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