Homestead is rich with cultural history, its roots dating back to 1898. A path known as the "Homesteader's Trail" was the only route in and out of the area until railroad and oil magnate Henry Flagler extended his railway south to the area. Homestead's major source of revenue was, and continues to be, agriculture with the harvest of winter vegetables and tropical fruits being shipped all across the country through their new railway system. True to the pioneer spirit that created the area, the people of the Homestead and the surrounding communities continue to restore and rebuild its rich history. The community has focused on preserving and renovating historic buildings, establishing new businesses and creating a historic district with charming specialty shops and restaurants. Many Mediterranean revival structures in downtown Homestead have been refurbished and adapted for new uses. The antique shops along Krome Avenue form a charming district, one that is part of a designated Main Street Community of the Florida Bureau of Historic Preservation. Offering a diverse list of recreational activities, historical significance and economical housing options, Homestead has a variety of reasons why residents call it home.
Homestead and nearby Florida City offer plenty of great events planned year-round. NASCAR Winston Cup series, the Ford Championship Weekend and the Grand Prix of Miami are all held at the Homestead Miami Speedway. Participate in the Super Chili Bowl Cook-Off in downtown Homestead or watch the bull riders in the annual Homestead Rodeo. Check out a play, film or concert at the historic Seminole Theater. Make the short trip to Miami for the vibrant, multicultural appeal of Art Deco events, gallery openings, sizzling nightlife, and sports excitement from the Miami Dolphins, the Miami Heat or the Florida Marlins.
Homestead offers residents a vast selection of attractions to enjoy, including sub-tropical fruit groves, a world class race track, antique shops, street festivals and parades along historic Main Street. Relax amongst exotic orchids, venture into a mysterious Everglades tour while spotting a few of the famous alligators in their natural habitat, or tour the Coral Castle built out of rock for a lost love. Homestead can offer many different types of activities depending on the mood.
Whether it's the diverse cultural and recreational opportunities, the friendly people or the beautiful weather, Homestead and the surrounding communities afford a quality of life second to none. The hometown atmosphere comes from a community that is proud of the continuing accomplishments that are making the Homestead area an increasingly desirable place to live, work and raise a family.