Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, Key Biscayne
To visit the oldest surviving structure in Miami that’s not an imported 12th-century monastery, head to the very end of Key Biscayne, where four bucks a person will get you onto the beach at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park. Originally built in 1825 -- and reconstructed in 1846 after it was ransacked during the US’ war with the Seminole Indians -- the Cape Florida Lighthouse is a full 50 years older than Miami itself. Due to its out-of-the-way location, however, it’s a sight rarely seen by many city residents.
Carol City/Miami Gardens
You won’t find this low-rent flea market in any tourist guides, but for hip-hop, the spot's iconic. Rick Ross (who grew up in the neighborhood), DJ Khaled, and countless Miami rappers of lesser renown have shot videos in the Carol Mart parking lot, which can resemble an auto show on weekends, when local car enthusiasts bring out their “donks” -- a style of customized sedan (elevated suspensions, booming sound systems) that originated in Miami. The 58-year-old structure, formerly known as the 183rd St Flea Market, is rumored to be set for demolition soon, so if you’re in the market for gold grills or the new Ice Billion Berg CD (and who isn't really?), get there quickly.