South florida is most known for its sunny beaches and South Beach nightclub scene...but take a little drive south away from the hustle and bustle of the big city and you will find lots of really cool places to visit that are fun for the whole family. Some make great date locations.
Knauss Berry Farm
Nestled over a few acres in Homestead, FL, Knuass Berry Farm is a cool place for a day trip with the family. You can pick your own strawberries and tomatoes while they are in season. They also sell fresh baked good such as cinnamon rolls, raisin bread, and a delicious pecan pie. For refreshments they sell fresh made fruit smoothies.
Schnebly Redland's Winery
I LOVE Schnebly's, although I may be a bit biased as I held my wedding ceremony and reception here. Their coral waterfalls and tiki huts are the perfect backdrop for any special occasion. During the day visitors can enjoy picnics and wine tasting. Their wines are made from fruit instead of grapes. My favorites are the Lychee and Avovino. They also brew their own craft beers which are quite tasty. They have their regular Friday Night at the winery with a DJ and live band. Its a great time and ambiance. Both young...and not so young... dance to the tunes of the different themed performers. It was hard to pick just one picture from Schenebly's so I included a few of the grounds, and my wedding day.
Located on S Dixie Highway and SW 224 Street, this is a cool little Bahamian meets 1950 charm. Its nice to go on a breezy afternoon and walk around the little mom & pop shops, have a smoothie at the Latin Corner Bar, or lunch at on the vintage inspired restaurants. There are often raccoons running around. Streets are lined with trees providing nice shade.
The Deering Estate is a beautiful Mansion in Palmetto Bay, FL. Once owned by Charles Deering, a connoisseur and art patron. The estate is a creative studio for artists, hosting events throughout the year benefiting the arts. The also hold movie nights, picnic in the park, festivals, concerts and other events throughout the year. Visit their we site for more information and events calendar.