Hialeah, a city in the Greater Miami region of Florida, is best known for its historic race track; the last place Amelia Earhart stood on U.S. soil before taking off on her fateful flight in 1937; and for its rich Cuban American heritage, culture, and cuisine. Find great deals on Hialeah vacation packages, and you can create memories of your own in this sunny Florida city.
Out and About in Hialeah
The city's most famous attraction is Hialeah Park Race Track, a National Historic Landmark. Seabiscuit made his racing debut there in 1935, and past visitors have included Winston Churchill, Frank Sinatra, and JFK. In its heyday, it was considered among the most beautiful race tracks in the world, with exquisite architecture and landscaping that still impress visitors today. Go to see live quarter horse racing – check the schedule when you're looking at Hialeah hotels – and try your luck at a casino. It's also an Audubon Bird Sanctuary, home to flocks of flamingos.
See more of Hialeah's natural beauty in its many excellent parks. Amelia Earhart Park has five lakes, walking paths, and mountain bike trails, and also features Bill Graham Farm Village, a replica of a traditional Florida farm with a petting zoo and pony rides. Try wake boarding, water skiing, paddle boarding, and other water sports at the on-site Miami Watersports Complex.
Eating and Drinking
Hialeah's culinary scene offers plenty of options for all budgets and appetites. Its numerous chain restaurants are mostly along the West 49th Street retail corridor, which is easily accessible from most hotels near Hialeah. Reflecting Hialeah's diverse population is a handful of Peruvian and Colombian restaurants, as well as many Cuban restaurants and bakeries. The proliferation of Cuban cuisine in Hialeah makes it a great destination for sampling such specialties as the classic Cuban sandwich, locally famous Cuban pizza, and for dessert, flan with strong, sweet Cuban coffee.
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