A leisurely automobile adventure through Miami's Bountiful Countryside is a wonderful opportunity to learn a bit about the pioneer era one hundred years ago and stock up on fresh produce, orchids, exotic fruits and home-made delicacies during the winter and spring seasons.
A Bit of History and Some Goodies
The Redland Riot tour emphasizes a few remaining historical destinations and encourages us to enjoy the simple pleasures of the seasonal bounty while helping us to re-discover the rural charm of a century ago.
Travel with a large group of cars on one of our scheduled events if you enjoy a mad-capped adventure for treasure, or enjoy the tour on your own anytime.
By printing the map and driving directions, this can be a self-guided tour that you can do anytime in your own car with friends. Study the sites, print the map and go. The map and driving directions make it easy to find these wonderful places. Along the way, you'll learn a bit about history and collect some delicious goodies.
Miami New Times has bestowed the prestigious honor of Best Tour and Best Tour Guide in Miami-Dade County for Rob's Redland Riot tour.
Very Short History of the Redland Area
The pioneer era of South Florida was a time of legends and great adventurers. Henry Flagler's Florida East Coast Railroad reached Miami in 1895, and Goulds in 1903, signaling a boom era that attracted thousands of families.
Enticed by rumors and legends of life in paradise, of balmy winters that cured a dozen ailments, of a land where an abundance of exotic, delicious fruit was said to fall from trees only to rot on the ground, a trickle of bold adventurers arrived before 1900. Before the boom era ended with the great depression in 1929, a steady stream of families, entrepreuners and tourists came south to experience sub-tropical Dade County.
As rural, family-based agricultural enterprises were eventually squeezed out by expanding residential and commercial districts, much of the original charm and rustic flavor of the area has faded. Still, if we take the time to look a bit closer, there are a number of lingering reminders of our pioneer era and an abundance of wonderful places to sample the bounty of the Redlands.
See Also: The Redland Tropical Trail
Inspired by our Redland adventure map and listings of great places to visit in the region, a number of local businesses have organized their own agritourism promotion, aptly named the Redland Tropical Trail. Many of the most obvious trourist attractions in the area, such as Monkey Jungle, Coral Castle and the Everglades Alligator Farm are among the participants. www.tropicaleverglades.com
Historic Homestead Town Hall Museum
When visiting Miami's Bountiful Countryside, a great place to catch up on local history is the
Historic Homestead Town Hall Museum at 41 North Krome Avenue, in the heart of this charming downtown area. Their FaceBook page has wonderful posts about the most interesting items.