Hialeah Gardens was formed in December 1948 by 26 registered voters who met at Youngblood’s Filling Station. The city was primarily rural until the late 1960’s. Much of the land was used to raise horses although there were agricultural areas as well, growing coconuts, citrus and avocados.
The first residents of southern Florida were the Tequesta Indians, who discovered the area more than 10,000 years ago. The land remained theirs until the 16th century when the Spanish claimed it. The area's greatest change came thanks to a visionary Cleveland widow named Julia Tuttle. In 1891, Tuttle purchased 640 acres on the north bank of the Miami River and moved her family into the abandoned Fort Dallas buildings. Within four years, Tuttle, the “mother of Miami,” convinced Standard Oil co-founder Henry Flagler to extend his railroad to the Miami area and build a luxury hotel. In 1896, the railroad arrived and the area became place to call home for those who enjoy the mild climate, year round outdoor activities, excellent health care facilities and the educational opportunities.
Hialeah Gardens residents can enjoy a variety of spectator sports. Basketball fans can watch the Miami Heat play at America West Arena, or hockey fans can support the Florida Panthers at the Office Depot Center. Pro Player Stadium is home to professional football and baseball, the Miami Dolphins and the Florida Marlins. Just next door to Pro Player Stadium is the Calder Race Course, which has live horse racing April through August of each year. Greyhound racing is seen at Flagler Greyhound Track, and horses race at Gulfstream Park and Calder Race Course. Jai-Alai fans can see matches at the Miami Jai-Alai Fronton. And the Miami Hurricanes always give college football fans something to cheer about. Those who view shopping as a sport will love the variety in and around the area, including at the Alhambra Antiques Center, the Art Deco District, Dadeland Mall, Miami International Mall, Bal Harbour Shops, Streets of Mayfair, Pier 5 Markets, Bayside Marketplace, CocoWalk, and Miracle Mile.
Art and history enthusiasts will enjoy the Miami area’s large cultural community. The Historical Museum of Southern Florida is dedicated to preserving the history of Southern Florida and the Caribbean, as well as educating the public. The collection includes a variety of objects, photographs, papers and artifacts, which highlight the development of South Florida. Other museums include the Bass Museum of Art, Jewish Museum of Florida, Museum of Science and Space Transit Planetarium, and Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. Places of cultural and historical significance include The American Police Hall of Fame, the Holocaust Memorial, the Carl Fisher Monument, and the Miami-Dade Cultural Center. Don’t miss the Miami MetroZoo, the Miami Seaquarium, Monkey Jungle and Parrot Jungle.
For live performances, see the Miami Ballet, Ballet Flamenco La Rosa, Florida Grand Opera or the New World Symphony. Performing arts venues include the Coconut Grove Playhouse, Colony Theater, Gusman Center and Jackie Gleason Theater of the Performing Arts.
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