Domino Park

Domino Park in Little Havana
Domino Park
Little Havana's Domino Park
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Domino Park

Máximo Gómez Park in Little Havana, more affectionately known by locals as Domino Park, is a hidden gem right on historic Calle Ocho (8th Street). Named after General Máximo Gómez, a Cuban revolutionary, this is a social spot for older, mostly retired Hispanics. At any time of day, you will find the patrons sipping Cuban coffee, playing dominoes and chatting with their friends. A tradition for over 40 years, the gameplay at the park is serious and exciting to watch, with authentic Latin energy and competitive banter. Games are typically for members only—anyone over 50 with a Maximo Gόmez Domino Club card has free, lifetime membership to play here, and the players don’t mind an audience.

The small park features walkways of domino-decorated tilework, and a perimeter lined with benches for spectators. You can’t miss the painted mural that serves as the backdrop for this popular hangout. Created by Dominican artist, Oscar Thomas, the mural depicts the presidents of all the American nations that attended the 1st Summit of the Americas, held in Miami in 1994.

Entering the park, you’ll see the Little Havana Paseo de las Estrellas (Walk of the Stars). Reminiscent of the Hollywood Walk of Fame in California, the stars here are given to Latin American actors, writers, artists and musicians. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Domino Park is located on the corner of SW 8th Street and 15th Avenue, just a few steps from the Little Havana Visitor Center. Free parking can be found behind the park, but there is also metered street parking available all along 8th Street.

Insider Tip: No visit to the park would be complete without a stop directly across the street to Azucar Ice Cream Company, well-known for its amazing artisanal gourmet ice creams and sorbets in Cuban and tropical flavors. And right next door to Azucar is Ball & Chain, a restored jazz-era nightclub with a killer lineup of live salsa, jazz, mambo, and live DJ-themed parties. Both of these places are true mainstays of the community for locals and visitors alike.

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