Wynwood Walls: What You Need To Know About Miami’s Art District

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On our trip to Miami, we engaged an Uber driver and asked our her where we should head to next. It was a toss-up between Little Havana or Wynwood. “Wynwood Walls is one of the coolest neighborhoods in Miami!”

Wynwood Walls is a neighborhood in Miami that was rejuvenated and made into the famous art district, Wynwood Walls. There is a park with free admission that allows you to view creative artworks from famous and not so famous street artists as well as contemporary works that are housed in a couple of galleries on the property.

We headed towards the interstate where she whisked us away to this intriguing neighborhood. She explained that Wynwood was once a run-down neighborhood with depressed real estate values and assured us that the city had turned this around and was completely safe now. 

As we hopped out of the car and approached the park, it was clear this was a trendy neighborhood as I witnessed people dressed to the hilt as they walked the neighborhood streets going about their day. The streets were packed with cars and the sidewalks with people. 

Wynwood Walls Displays

Once you arrive, Wynwood Walls is an outdoor art museum started in 2009. Wynwood was opened in the midst of abandoned warehouses and failed manufacturing plants.

Open to the public and free of charge you walk through a park like setting to view the latest street art. The art changes monthly and is updated with new artists which keep things fresh and a place to put on your regular stop when you are in Miami. 

Since it was built real estate values have skyrocketed in Miami’s hip new neighborhood. 

Walking the Streets Of Wynwood

There are several paid tours you can take but I would suggest just taking an Uber and head over to take a walk through the park. You will be amazed by the large-scale works by some of the world’s best street artists.

The streets are completely safe. I never felt like we were in an area that was dangerous.

Much of the art has hidden messages in plain sight and as you learn to look at this genre you will start to pick up on them. Many are political messages hidden in urban art.

A security guard was more than willing to tell us about the artists and what some of their art represented. Since the art changes monthly, this is a place you will want to return to over and over. It makes a nice family day and there are plenty of places to chill out and relax. We saw families and small children all over. 

Photo Opportunities

Bring your camera! You will love to experiment with the different works available to view and you can potentially leave with hundreds of photos. Wynwood Walls is a photographer’s dream.

There are several entrances to the park like this one. 

Miami Wynwood Walls

The original farmland of the early 1900s in Miami has certainly come a long way. It then turned into saloons and then eventually transitioned into manufacturing food plants. This was even Miami’s garment district in the 1980s and the third largest garment district in the nation! Cut off by the development of I-95, and with diverse immigrants moving in, the area deteriorated over time. 

The Walls

Tony Goldman’s vision for a monthly urban art show has brought the neighborhood to its current trendy state. Goldman was also the reason for the revitalization of SoHo and South Beach.

Wynwood Walls, Miami

There are several security guards on site to protect the art. When I took the picture above, they came over quickly to make sure my friend’s foot was not actually on the wall. 

The park has a lot of places to rest in shady areas so you can sit and just soak in the colors and unique works of art. 


Here you will find this mural with the hidden message RESIST and inside the letters, you will see the artist is resisting the Trump presidency.

Trump depicted like a fat baby

Melania Trump, Wynwood Walls, Miami, FL

Political statements are often made through the art at Wynwood Walls.

Indoor Galleries

Wynwood Park also offers galleries where you can view contemporary works of art.

Wynwood Neighborhood

Wynwood attracts a younger crowd with its hip shops, restaurants and clubs. There is a heavy police presence to ensure everyone’s safety. The Miami Police Bike Division were running exercises on the street.

Every sidewalk, wall and fence had unique art.

Miami Police, Miami

Kosher Bakery Zak Bakery

We stopped into Zak Bakery right outside of Wynwood to get some refreshments. I am not a coffee drinker unless it is Cuban. I was able to get some energy with this delicious espresso. 

The buildings in the area are all in theme with Wynwood and Miami, painted with murals and bright beautiful colors. 

Everywhere you look, you will find interesting art, even on the sidewalks.

There is plenty of security in the neighborhood. Wynwood is a neighborhood that is thriving with fun restaurants, shopping, and bars.

The neighborhood was a great stop, and I will definitely return to see the updated murals and check out more restaurants, bars, breweries, and shops.

When the gallery’s opening coincided with Art Basel in 2009, it transformed this depressed neighborhood. Sadly, Goldman passed in 2012, but his dream lives on through his children, who currently manage the assets and continue to invest in the Wynwood Neighborhood.

Let us know in the comments about what experiences you have had at Wynwood!

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53 responses to “Wynwood Walls: What You Need To Know About Miami’s Art District”

  1. emil bica Avatar
    emil bica

    lovely paintings
    I would like to see them around the world. Will enrich the world.

  2. Deanna Avatar

    The rebirth of this area is astounding. I am in awe of all your beautiful images and would love to see this in person.

  3. Kirsten Avatar

    This looks like a fun place to visit!

  4. Nicki Avatar

    What an interesting place! Cool artwork!

  5. T.M. Brown Avatar

    Wow – what a creative place to visit! Great photo opportunities, too. I’ll have to add this to the travel bucket list.

  6. Katie Avatar

    What a fun place!! I’ll definitely make a stop there on my next visit to Miami!

  7. Robin Avatar

    Looks really cool besides the anti trump stuff.

  8. Flor Avatar

    Wow! I’ve heard a lot about it but never saw so many pictures! It’s definitely a place to visit. I can’t believe they change the art monthly!!

  9. Missy Avatar

    We have not been to Wynwood. Loved all the art. I am amazed by the talent of people.

  10. Rosanna Avatar

    This is a place to add to our list when we visit Miami in 2019. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Vessy Smith Avatar

    Thank you soooo much for this great info! This looks exactly like my kind of place, cool, fun and artsy! I am definitely going to save this post and check out Wynwood Walls next time I am in Miami! 😉

  12. Kathryn at QuestFor47 Avatar

    All that art is amazing! Definitely going to have to check it out next time I go out to Miami!

  13. Susan Franklin Avatar

    Wow, I’ve never heard of Wynwood, but it looks so interesting, I love how you brought it to life with your pictures.

  14. Jennifer Avatar

    My daughters are both very into murals and have worked on them. They would totally love these!!!!

  15. Laura Avatar

    Oh my goodness! I love street art! And mirrors! Looks like such a great place! I’ll definitely check it out the next time I’m in Miami! Thanks! Great post!

  16. Katie Avatar

    Wynwood looks so interesting and unique! Definitely adding it to my places to go.

  17. SHANA Avatar

    Wow! What a cool place! Your pictures are amazing!

  18. Pauline Avatar

    That looks like so much fun!!! I live street art.

  19. Rose Avatar

    Looks like such a fun and eclectic place! Thank you for sharing!

  20. janice sisemore Avatar

    Looks like a fun place to visit

  21. Lauri Avatar

    I love all the colors! Thanks for sharing!

  22. Willy Avatar

    I’ve never been here, but it definitely looks like somewhere I would love to go! It’s like a hidden gem! Thank you for sharing!

  23. Holly Bird Avatar

    What a great place to visit! The art is inspiring, and the area looks like a great place to visit! Thank you so much for sharing!!

  24. Shirley Avatar

    WHat an interesting place! Some of the artists are quite talented and their work is so detailed. Love it!

  25. Rachel Newlon Avatar

    Good to know! I was in Miami in February! I wished I would have known about this then!

  26. daph Avatar

    Love all the photo. This is on my list when I visit Miami. So colorful.

  27. Heather Avatar

    I’ve never been to Miami, but it Wynwood sounds like an interesting place to go. It looks like there is plenty to see. Great pictures!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      It is really a great city. Be sure to check out the other articles!

  28. Jordin Avatar

    Your pictures of the artwork are beautiful!

  29. Melissa Parcel Avatar

    This looks like such an interesting place to visit, so many opportunities for photography!

  30. Pam Avatar

    This looks right up my alley! I will definitely check it out next time we get to Miami. Thanks for sharing, I had never heard about it.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Can’t wait to see your experience!

  31. Jocelyn Avatar

    What a cool area! I hadn’t heard of Wynwood Walls, but it looks very impressive and interesting. Thanks for sharing!

  32. Bonnibelle Avatar

    Wow! Heard about Wynwood before but never seen it like this. Awesome pictures! Definitely a place I have to visit!

  33. Cynthia Mackintosh Avatar

    I love color & art so any combination is great. I would love to visit here next time we’re in Miami!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Go soon…. it was sold and is closing in the spring.

  34. Lara Avatar

    I love it when a neighborhood can turn things around by being creative. Love the photos!

  35. Ashley Reese Avatar

    I’ve been wanting to visit Wynwood for so long! There are so many perfect picture opportunities there!

    1. Tricia Avatar

      What I love about it is that it changes periodically so you can go back and see new artists.

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