AGRICULTURE + TOURISM = AGRITOURISM IN SOUTH MIAMI-DADE

HARVESTING HAPPINESS

AGRICULTURE + TOURISM =
AGRITOURISM IN SOUTH MIAMI-DADE

HARVESTING
HAPPINESS

AGRICULTURE + TOURISM =
AGRITOURISM
IN SOUTH MIAMI-DADE

HARVESTING
HAPPINESS

Agriculture and Tourism
Industries Flourish in South Florida

Florida’s agricultural prowess is undeniable. Our state ranks among the nation’s top producers of numerous crops, including oranges, tomatoes, strawberries, and sugarcane. According to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, agriculture contributes over $182.6 billion to the state’s economy annually and supports more than 2.5 million jobs (2023 Report on 2022). 

Beyond its agricultural achievements, Florida is renowned as the tourism capital of the world, drawing millions of visitors each year to our sun-kissed beaches, world-class attractions, and abundance of cultural offerings.

According to Visit Florida, we welcome over 145 million visitors, generating over $125 billion in visitor spending, accounting for over 9% of Florida’s Gross State Product (GSP), which supports over 2 million jobs (2023 Report of 2022).

Agriculture meets Adventure in South Miami-Dade

In South Miami-Dade, our fertile land yields a bounty of tropical fruits, exotic spices, and lush botanicals, making our region an agricultural paradise year-round. When it comes to tourism, having Everglades National Park, Biscayne National Park, and Zoo Miami all in our backyard makes us a beloved tourist destination. 

Combining two of the leading industries in South Miami-Dade, agriculture and tourism, we’re seeing a new frontier emerge: agritourism. This innovative concept invites visitors to experience the beauty and bounty of our agricultural landscape firsthand while also enjoying unique recreational and educational opportunities.  

With its richness of natural wonders, vibrant cultural heritage, and innovative agrarian practices, South Miami-Dade presents an enormous opportunity for businesses at the intersection of farming and tourism.

Here, visitors and residents alike are invited to explore the lush landscapes of our agricultural heartland and our prolific tourism industry. From farm tours and you-pick orchards to agrarian-themed festivals and farm-to-table dining experiences, agritourism offers a glimpse into the heart and soul of South Miami-Dade’s agricultural roots.

Welcome to a world where agriculture meets adventure—welcome to South Miami-Dade.

TOURISM, AGRICULTURE & AGRITOURISM
INDUSTRY HIGHLIGHTS

  • 2 Million Jobs

    Generated by Tourism Industry; it's Florida’s Second-Largest Employer1

  • $182.6 billion

    Contributed by Florida Agricultural Products to State Economy2

  • 26% of NTA tour operators

    offer agritourism products3

  • 62 million

    people nationwide visit farms, ranches and wineries each year3

  • 171% is the growth

    of Florida Agritourism Operations in Four Years, (281 to 761), Following Protective Regulations in 20134

  • #1 in Talent

    Top State for Attracting & Developing a Skilled Workforce5

I've seen firsthand the transformative power of connecting farms with Florida visitors. There is immense potential in this industry for seasoned farmers and newcomers alike. From bringing customers back to the farm to creating unforgettable experiences, agritourism offers a unique opportunity to revitalize the agricultural landscape.

Constituent, EDC of South Miami-Dade

MAJOR EMPLOYERS
Tourism & Agritourism

Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is South Florida's greatest natural treasure. Spanning over 1.5 million acres, this unique ecosystem is home to a diverse array of wildlife, including alligators, panthers, and exotic bird species. Visitors can explore the park's pristine wetlands through airboat tours, hiking trails, and ranger-led programs, fully immersing themselves in the beauty and wonder of the Everglades.

Address: 40001 State Road 9336, Homestead, FL 33034

VISIT WEBSITE

Biscayne National Park

Biscayne National Park offers a glimpse into the underwater world of South Florida. Boasting crystal-clear waters teeming with lively coral reefs and marine life, the park is a haven for snorkelers, divers, and boaters alike. Visitors can dive into the park's diverse ecosystems, from mangrove forests to seagrass meadows, and discover the deep history of the region through guided tours and interpretive exhibits.

Address: 9700 SW 328th St, Homestead, FL 33033

VISIT WEBSITE

Redland Fruit & Spice Park

Redland Fruit & Spice Park is a tropical paradise nestled in the heart of South Miami-Dade. Spanning 37 acres, the park showcases over 500 varieties of exotic fruits, nuts, and spices from around the world. Visitors can stroll through lush orchards, taste fresh-picked fruits, and learn about sustainable agriculture and horticulture practices through educational programs and workshops.

Address: 24801 SW 187th Ave, Homestead, FL 33031

VISIT WEBSITE

Deering Estate

Deering Estate is a historic landmark and cultural treasure located along the shores of Biscayne Bay. With over 400 acres of preserved natural and cultural landscapes, the estate offers a glimpse into South Florida's past through guided tours, archaeological sites, and historic buildings. Visitors can tour the estate's lush gardens, scenic trails, and waterfront vistas and discover the region's rich history.

Address: 16701 SW 72nd Ave, Miami, FL 33157

VISIT WEBSITE

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is a tropical oasis founded by Dr. David Fairchild renowned for its stunning collections of rare and exotic plants. With 83 acres of lush gardens, water features, and walking paths, the garden offers a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Visitors can explore themed gardens, attend educational workshops, and participate in special events and exhibitions throughout the year.

Address: 10901 Old Cutler Rd, Coral Gables, FL 33156

VISIT WEBSITE

Zoo Miami

Zoo Miami is the largest and oldest zoological park in Florida, home to over 3,000 animals representing over 500 species. With exhibits ranging from African savannas to Asian rainforests, the zoo offers an immersive wildlife experience for visitors of all ages. Guests can observe animals up close, participate in feeding sessions and keeper talks, and explore themed habitats that mimic natural environments.

Address: 12400 SW 152nd St, Miami, FL 33177

VISIT WEBSITE

Pinecrest Gardens

Pinecrest Gardens is a lush botanical garden and cultural center at the northern end of South Miami-Dade. With 20 acres of tropical landscapes, water features, and art installations, the gardens offer a serene retreat for visitors to enjoy. Guests can explore themed gardens, attend concerts and performances, and participate in educational programs and workshops.

Address: 11000 Red Rd, Pinecrest, FL 33156

VISIT WEBSITE

Coral Castle Museum

Coral Castle Museum is a mysterious and enchanting landmark built entirely of coral rock by hand. With its intricate sculptures, mysterious origins, and fascinating history, the museum captivates visitors with its timeless charm. Guests can explore the museum's grounds, discover the secrets of its construction, and marvel at the ingenuity and creativity of its creator, Edward Leedskalnin.

Address: 28655 S Dixie Hwy, Homestead, FL 33033

VISIT WEBSITE

Monkey Jungle

Monkey Jungle is a one-of-a-kind wildlife park where humans are caged and monkeys run wild. With its riveting habitats, interactive exhibits, and educational programs, the park offers a unique opportunity for visitors to observe and learn about these fascinating primates in their natural environment. Guests can wander through lush habitats, interact with monkeys up close, and experience the magic of Monkey Jungle.

Address: 14805 SW 216th St, Miami, FL 33170

VISIT WEBSITE

MDM Hotel Group, LTD

MDM Hotel Group, LTD is a premier hospitality company with a diverse portfolio of hotels and resorts in South Miami-Dade. With a commitment to excellence in service and hospitality, MDM Hotel Group offers guests a luxurious and memorable experience in some of the region's most sought-after destinations. From boutique hotels to luxury resorts, MDM Hotel Group sets the standard for hospitality in South Florida.

Address: 9090 S Dadeland Blvd, Miami, FL 33156

VISIT WEBSITE

Schnebly Redland’s Winery & Brewery

Schnebly Redland's Winery & Brewery is a hidden gem in the heart of South Miami-Dade's agricultural region. With its stunning vineyards, tropical gardens, and award-winning wines and beers, the winery offers a unique tasting experience for visitors. Guests can sample various handcrafted wines and beers, take a guided tour of the facilities, and taste the flavors of South Florida's finest fruits and spices.

Address: 30205 SW 217th Ave, Homestead, FL 33030

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Robert is Here

Robert is Here is a beloved family-owned fruit stand and farm market that has been a South Miami-Dade institution for over 60 years. With its colorful displays of fresh fruits, homemade jams, and exotic treats, the stand offers a taste of local flavor and hospitality. Visitors can browse the selection of seasonal produce, enjoy a refreshing fruit smoothie, and experience the charm and abundance of our region.

Address: 19200 SW 344th St, Homestead, FL 33034

VISIT WEBSITE

MAJOR EMPLOYERS
Agriculture

Atlantic Sapphire Bluehouse Facility

Atlantic Sapphire is a pioneering force in the global protein industry, spearheading revolutionary Bluehouse ® salmon farming technology. Situated in Homestead, Florida, the upcoming completion of the world's largest Bluehouse facility heralds a new era of sustainable aquaculture. With a commitment to local production and global impact, Atlantic Sapphire is poised to deliver premium Atlantic salmon to American consumers, reaffirming Florida's role as a trailblazer in innovative agriculture.

Address: 22275 SW 272nd St, Homestead, FL 33031

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Brooks Tropicals Holding, Inc.

For over a century, Brooks Tropicals Holding has been a cornerstone of Florida's agricultural heritage, cultivating tropical fruits and vegetables in South Miami-Dade and beyond. Specializing in avocados, starfruit, passionfruit, and more, their commitment to quality and sustainability has earned them acclaim both domestically and internationally. As a longstanding contributor to Florida's agricultural landscape, Brooks Tropicals Holding embodies the spirit of innovation and resilience that defines our state.

Address: 18400 SW 256th St, Homestead, FL 33031

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Costa Farms

Since its inception in 1961, Costa Farms has evolved into a global leader in horticultural excellence, nurturing over 1,500 varieties of houseplants with passion and expertise. What began as a modest tomato and citrus farm has blossomed into a beacon of innovation, with Costa Farms' commitment to quality shaping the industry's future. As they continue to push boundaries and redefine what's possible in horticulture, Costa Farms remains a proud ambassador for Florida's agricultural prowess.

Address: 21800 SW 162nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33170

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R.F. Orchids

As South Florida's premier orchid nursery, R.F. Orchids has cultivated a legacy of excellence spanning generations. Renowned for their unparalleled selection and expertise in orchid cultivation, they are a testament to the broad selection of flora that flourishes in our region. With a commitment to sustainability and conservation, R.F. Orchids defines the harmony between tradition and innovation that characterizes Florida's agricultural landscape.

Address: 28100 SW 182nd Ave, Homestead, FL 33030

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Gulfstream Tomato Growers, Inc.

Gulfstream Tomato Growers is a cornerstone of Florida's agricultural industry, providing essential support services to farmers statewide. With a dedicated workforce and a steadfast commitment to quality, they play a crucial role in ensuring the success and sustainability of Florida's agricultural endeavors. As a trusted partner to growers large and small, Gulfstream Tomato Packers exemplifies the collaborative spirit that defines our agricultural community.

Address: 21150 SW 167th Ave, Miami, FL 33187

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DiMare Fresh

For nearly a century, DiMare Fresh has been a driving force in the produce industry, delivering premium fruits, vegetables, and floral products to customers nationwide. With a focus on innovation and customer satisfaction, they have earned a reputation for excellence that extends far beyond Florida's borders. As they continue to evolve and adapt to meet the changing needs of the market, DiMare Fresh remains a shining example of Florida's entrepreneurial spirit and agricultural ingenuity.

Address: 258 NW 1st St, Florida City, FL 33034

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UF Tropical Research and Education Center

Located in the heart of Homestead, the UF Tropical Research and Education Center serves as a hub of innovation and discovery in agriculture. With a legacy dating back to 1929, the center has been at the forefront of research in tropical fruit crop biotechnology, environmental stress physiology, and horticulture. As they continue to push the boundaries of scientific inquiry and share their knowledge with the world, the UF Tropical Research and Education Center remains a beacon of excellence in Florida's agricultural community.

Address: 18905 SW 280th St, Homestead, FL 33031

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