After spending the morning at the Miami Seaquarium, followed by another thrilling ride across the bay with Jet Boat Miami, we headed to the up-and-coming art district of Miami to take in some of the amazing building murals that have transformed this area of the city.
Rather than taking in the sights by foot, we opted to sign up for a party bike tour…
As described by the blurb below:
Gear up and join a two-hour guided group adventure that’s part-cycling challenge and part-trolley ride through Miami’s trendy Wynwood neighborhood on the Cycle Party Wynwood Miami Insta Tour.
Aboard this 15-person party bike, you’ll get to see the amazing art the area has to offer while your travel guide, aka your ‘Cycle Party Pilot,’ will provide an educational and totally entertaining experience with historical facts, fun music, and insightful knowledge of the area.
While petaling you will hear about the individuals that transformed this ‘Barrio’ into the vibrant, flourishing city enclave it is today.
And don’t forget your camera, there’ll be plenty of opportunities for taking some great pictures!
Known for its artwork district, restaurants, breweries, boutique and high-end shops, and clubs, Wynwood is one of Miami’s trendiest neighborhoods. This unique tour is a must-see for visitors who want to experience the cutting-edge Miami culture.
“The Wynwood Walls was conceived by the renowned community revitalizer and placemaker, the late Tony Goldman in 2009. He was looking for something big to transform the warehouse district of Wynwood, and he arrived at a simple idea: “Wynwood’s large stock of warehouse buildings, all with no windows, would be my giant canvases to bring to them the greatest street art ever seen in one place.”
The Wynwood Walls became a major art statement with Tony’s commitment to graffiti and street art, a genre that he believed was under appreciated and not respected historically.
He wanted to give the movement more attention and more respect: “By presenting it in a way that has not been done before, I was able to expose the public to something they had only seen peripherally.”
In 2010, building on the momentum of the year before, Goldman Properties added 10 more artists to their roster of Walls. They opened the Wynwood Doors, Tony Goldman’s nod to traditional portrait galleries and expanded the mural program outside the Walls.
The Wynwood Walls has brought the world’s greatest artists working in the graffiti and street art genre to Miami. Jeffrey Deitch co-curated the first successful year of the project in 2009, collaborating with Tony before his appointment as museum director of MOCA Los Angeles. “We have strived for a diverse representation of both American and international artists that encompasses everything from the old school graffiti artists to the newest work being created around the world. The project has truly evolved into what my friend Jeffrey Deitch calls a Museum of the Streets,” Tony had summarized.
Since its inception, the Wynwood Walls program has seen over 50 artists representing 16 countries and have covered over 80,000 square feet of walls. They have become must see international destination.”
It was Tyler who was initially pushing for this particular attraction, as we were debating which activities to do. It wasn’t the artwork that intrested him, but rather the really cool bike we got to ride for an hour and a half.
It ended up being an amazing experience that we all enjoyed!
Our driver was incredibly informative, filling us in on the history and current culture of the area. He was also a lot of fun!
The fact that we had to pedal to get from site to site, and did so with music blaring, brought the “party” to the party bus tour!
It even became a sort of competition between all of the passengers. Little green lights in front of each rider would light up when we were creating enough energy to power the party bike. The rider who had a flashing green light in front of them was the one generating the most power. It became a competition to see who the number one pedaler in the family was!
It was such a fun experience, one that appealed to the many different interests in our family.
For those that love the arts, this tour offered a visual feast for the eyes.
For the family photographers, it was a smorgasbord of compelling visuals.
And for those that love physical activity, this experience certainly offered the opportunity for exertion!
It was a win/win all around!
We disembarked after two hours of pedaling in the hot Miami sun. Everyone was feeling the burn and ready for a shower, a meal, and a jug of water! It was an early dinner and early bed for our crew who was worn out after a full day of Miami sightseeing. The next day we were to board the cruise ship. Our “real vacation” hadn’t even started yet and it felt like we had already been vacationing a week.
Next stop: The port of Miami!!