At first glance, Key Biscayne looks like any other little island with plenty of sun and sandy beaches.
This beautiful place beyond the Rickenbacker Causeway is like a postcard of blue sea and palm trees. But here lies a dilapidated zoo, an abandoned stadium by the bay and houses on stilts in the water. And what does Gloria Estefan have to do with all this? In the Miami Oculto (Hidden Miami) podcast, we tell you about it.
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Today we investigate three abandoned but not forgotten places in Miami. We start with the island zoo, which was created when an animal show caravan was damaged, stranding two black bears, three monkeys and a goat.
In 1948, the City of Miami purchased land on Key Biscayne and created the first public zoo. Believe it or not, the zoo had a polar bear, a gift from Alaska. Lions, giraffes, chimpanzees — the zoo had up to 1,200 animals and a train. But what happened to that place that so many Miami children loved and what is it today?
From there we move on to Miami Marine Stadium, which was built in 1963 for powerboat racing events. It’s a strange place with a wild history: President Richard Nixon and Sammy Davis Jr. once famously hugged there, and it was the scene of concerts by music greats and an Elvis Presley movie. Today it is in danger of extinction.
And we end our tour with the houses of Stiltsville. There were once 27 colorful structures, but now only six remain. There was a private club where the jet set met and the parties were legendary. What happened at these parties? Connect now to the Hidden Miami podcast and we’ll tell you about it.
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Tune in on Tuesdays to watch video episodes of the Miami Oculto podcast on YouTube and the el Nuevo Herald website. Find all the episodes of the Hidden Miami podcast on your favorite audio platform: Spotify Podcast, Apple Podcasts, and Amazon Music.
This story was originally published July 19, 2022 8:00 AM.