The first farmers began growing winter crops here in 1898, traveling down Homesteader's Trail from Miami, the only link until Henry Flagler completed his Overseas Railroad to Key West in 1912. Incorporated in 1913, it is the second oldest city in Miami-Dade County and on the National Register of Historic Places.
The old town hall, built in 1917, is now the Homestead Historic Town Hall Museum. displaying old photos like the one here. Kids will love playing on the 1924 American La France pump firetruck and with an antique dollhouse. Admission is free.
With its palm-lined streets and country flavor, it's a good place to pause for lunch in one of the Mexican restaurants, opened after migrant workers put down roots here. Or, if you are traveling with a picky eater, there also are plenty of kid-friendly fast-food chain restaurants around.
If you're in town in January, don't miss the three-day Homestead Rodeo, the southernmost rodeo in the nation. There's a parade through downtown followed by steer wrestling, bronco riding, the whole works.
Homestead Air Force Base, where more than 10,000 Army troops stood ready during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, was destroyed when Hurricane Andrew scored a direct hit in 1992. Officially re-designated as an air reserve base two years later, it still hosts occasional air shows.
Big attraction these days is the Homestead Miami Speedway, home of the final races in all three NASCAR series. Free general admission for kids 12 and under.
Visit the Tropical Everglades Visitor Association to see what special family-oriented activities may be happening when you're in the neighborhood.
Homestead Historical Town Hall Museum
41 N. Krome Ave.
Homestead, FL 33030
Tel: (305) 242-4463
Tues. - Sat., 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (and by appointment)
Homestead Miami Speedway
1 Speedway Road
Homestead, FL 33035
Tel: (305) 230-5000
Tropical Everglades Visitors Association
160 US Highway #1 (west side of highway)
Florida City, FL 33034
Tel: (305) 245-9180