One of the littlest cities in Florida, Sweetwater brings all new meanings to small towns and close-knit communities. Situated near Miami and Coral Terrace, Sweetwater is the kind of city you go to when you want peace, quiet, and time to relax. Sure, there are several family-friendly attractions around, but most of them are parks with playgrounds, nature paths, and shaded picnic areas.
Many travelers to Sweetwater choose to head into Miami for their fun, then come back to Sweetwater for their leisure relaxation in the evenings. With that said, the locals love to celebrate and host big festivals, so you can check with the city commerce to find out the goings-on for whenever you plan to visit.
Check out these fun things to do in Sweetwater!
The Dolphin Mall
The Dolphin Mall is the epicenter for all the action of Sweetwater. There are rows of shopping ventures, from simple Florida souvenirs, to handcrafted artworks and pottery, to apparel, home décor, and well-known retail chains with big name merchandise.
Also present are several restaurants in a luxurious food court, a spacious movie theatre, and a full-sized, neon-lit bowling alley. The interior walkways serve as exercise paths for early risers, while there are several clean restrooms and rest benches throughout the mall.
Santa's Enchanted Forest
Take your kiddos to Santa’s Enchanted Forest on Southwest 40th Street is you enjoy seasonal displays. This park open from October to January with full-scale Christmas scenes, a petting zoo, thousands of Christmas lights, lots of yummy holiday-inspired foods, and a meet-and-greet with Santa. The average guests spend an hour or two perusing and playing on the fairgrounds
The Lantern Light Festival
The Lantern Light Festival is one annual celebration that begins on the outskirts of Sweetwater and heads into Miami. Hundreds of businesses and local artists work with patience and creative flow for an entire year to come up with a beautiful, artistic lantern to light the streets in a parade.
From panda bears, to Christmas scenes, to classic Chinese dragons, you will see all kinds of floats—all colorful and well-lit.
Before the lantern show at nightfall, there are plenty of family-friendly activities, like an acrobatic show, miniature golf, simulator rides, and face painting stations. There are also local food venders present, offering everything from caramel apples and cinnamon rolls, to pizza and Chinese noodles.
Area restaurants serve up a great variety of tasty meals
There are a grand total of 3 family-owned restaurants in Sweetwater, as well as a handful of the usual fast food chains, like McDonalds and Subway. Brio Tuscan Grille is a big star in this small town. The restaurant serves up genuine, delicious Italian cuisine with gluten-free and vegetarian options for those with food allergies and preferences. Their fare is slightly upscale, served on and in custom plates and bowls with Brio engraved in them.
Located in the Dolphin Mall, Brio Tuscan Grille specializes in lunch and dinner with daily specials and group discounts. Some of their most popular dishes include beef carpaccio, chicken mezza limone, Amish chicken, and homemade, fruit-topped cheesecake. Be sure to sample a glass of homemade Sangria—yum.
There is a single hotel within the city limits of Sweetwater, but you can find other hotels within a short mile-long drive towards Miami.
The best hotels in the Sweetwater area are Homewood Suites by Hilton, Nuvo Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, and Comfort Suites Miami/Kendall.
Homewood Suites by Hilton
Homewood Suites by Hilton on Northwest 111th Avenue is the only hotel located within the city limits of Sweetwater. Price-wise, the accommodations are affordable and convenient, with specials and deals offered throughout the year. It's great, especially in the summertime, when the rest of Florida is being flooded with beach-goers and Disney vacationers. The location is peaceful, the hotel is quiet, and there is genuine time for leisure and relaxation. There are 100 rooms, each equipped with comfortable beds, a spacious bathroom, a well-equipped kitchenette, and a custom AC system.
There is also a separate, well-furnished living room in each suite. Other features include a swimming pool, on-site restaurant, free daily breakfasts, free high-speed internet, and a fitness center with all-modern workout machines and fitness equipment. Craving something sweet and scrumptious? Take a walk to the Haagen Dazs across the street for a cone or cup of fresh-churned, delicious ice cream.
Nuvo Suites, located on the outskirts of Sweetwater in Doral, is a top-ranked, contemporary hotel with upscale accommodations and all-modern amenities. From the exterior, you might think that this hotel is too expensive of a stay, but their prices are actually convenient and average on the Florida hotel scale. Award-winning for excellent customer service, the hotel offers 125 suites, each outfitted with a mini fridge, microwave, comfy beds, and adjustable AC system. Other features include a swimming pool, a business center with meeting rooms, an on-site bar and lounge, self-serve laundry facilities, and free high-speed wireless internet. For entertainment, go shopping and dining at one of two malls that the hotel sits between—the Dolphin Mall and the Miami International Mall.
Hilton Garden Inn
Often described as lavish and luxurious, the Hilton Garden Inn is both a Sweetwater and Miami favorite. The hotel features an abundance of basic amenities paired with indulgent accommodations.For instance, there are the usual suite amenities, such as a super-comfortable bed, a spacious, well-stocked bathroom, and a well-furnished couch and sitting area. But there are also fluffed, perfectly folded towels, room service, wake-up call services, valet options, shuttle bus services, and an on-site restaurant, bar, and lounge with a breakfast nook for free daily breakfasts.
Entertainment-wise, take a stroll down to the Art Deco District, where pottery places, amazing graffiti displays, and art museums await.
Comfort Suites Miami/Kendall
A budget-friendly Sweetwater hotel less than 2 miles from the downtown district, Comfort Suites Miami/Kendall is a pleasant and peaceful hotel off of the Florida Turnpike. Many past guests via online reviews have commented on the convenience of the hotel, as hundreds of business professionals find themselves drawn to the attached business center, meeting rooms, and conference facilities. Features include free parking for guests, a fitness center, indoor swimming pool, and hot tub, free high-speed internet, and free continental breakfasts. Plus, each room is outfitted with a comfy sitting area, free basic cable, and a flat-screen television.
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