Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center
Named after the father of the Everglades, the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center is an institution offering a wide variety of exhibits showcasing the rich ecosystem of the Everglades. This center lies along the charming city of Homestead, Florida and is home to a theater and a museum. It is a premier pit stop for those wanting to visit the Everglades National Park. Onsite, several types of interactive media are provided to allow visitors learn more about the different animals, plants and water systems of the Everglades as well as the founder of the visitor center.
There are tons of fun things to do while in Homestead and in nearby Miami. Tourists who stop can visit the Everglades Alligator Farm. This attraction offers snake and alligator shows and allows its visitors to witness up close several species of alligators. Another fun way to enjoy Homestead is picking berries at the Knaus Berry Farm. This berry farm is also home to several species of animals, perfect for curious kids. Another must-see is the Fruit and Spice Park. This unique park is home to 37 acres of land packed with tropical agriculture including more than 500 varieties of spices, herbs, fruits and nuts. Guided tours and tastings of produce are offered. A great way to end the day in Homestead is to see an exhilarating race at the Homestead Miami Speedway. This speedway is home to NASCAR races. A great place to relax after a day of exploring the Everglades is the top-rated Courtyard by Marriot Miami Homestead. The mid-range hotel comes with a relaxing swimming pool, a fitness center and a cozy lounge bar. Another good option is the Floridian Hotel, which also comes with a swimming pool and complimentary perks like internet access and breakfast as well as budget-friendly rates.