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“Daily busloads of tourists for a teenie treat”
Review of Domino Park

Domino Park
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Little Havana Small-Group Walking Tour
Ranked #43 of 344 things to do in Miami
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Medellin, Colombia
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54 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Daily busloads of tourists for a teenie treat”
Reviewed December 25, 2012

Long before Calle Ocho was a tourist attraction Cubans, many of whom knew each other from Cuba before the Castro brothers took over, were playing dominos "en caliente" at Domino Park. They concentrated so hard at besting their rivals of many years. Years later Calle Ocho got quite a bit of notoriety. Nowadays it's kind of sad in a way, to see busloads of gawkers dropped in front of the very small park for about fifteen minutes to stare at the players as though they are specimens. Their story is so much deeper than fifteen minutes can ever even hint at. Thirty years ago Calle Ocho was still the throbbing social pulse of Little Havana but today it's a shadow of its former self. Many of the Cubans have left the neighborhood and been replaced with other Hispanics with their own stories and history. Visitors from abroad and up North probably would not be able to see or hear any differences in the Spanish speaking inhabitants but to locals the differences in accent, tone, body language, etc. are are sure sign that the area is changing. My advice is to hop off the bus Gus and spend a couple hours walking (especially now in the cool dry season which lasts until May) and have a nice lunch. Bienvenidos!

Visited December 2012
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Miami Beach, Florida
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“More History shoulod be provided”
Reviewed November 6, 2012

I enjoyed the domino Park, but an area for children to play should be added. I think of Lego land in Disney and wish that Domino park would be given for more activities so that maybe the youth could appreciate the elderly a little more. The park needs more color and style.

Visited August 2012
1 Thank g0ttahavefun
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Miami Dade
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Watch local seniors play Dominos”
Reviewed September 4, 2012

This is a very small but decorative,local park which really is just a facility for local Cuban seniors to play Dominos and smoke Cigars but it has a lovely plaza. The Plaza was decorated by artists and it's mainly tile paintings and a large mural.. They currently have a few vendors selling their wares.
I don't recommend just coming to Domino Park as an attraction but if you want to see the local Latin/Cuban historical area,then YES. Make it part of your tour of Little Havana from SW13ave to 16 ave on SW 8st.

Visited June 2012
2 Thank MiamiDadeBert
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122 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 240 helpful votes
Reviewed September 2, 2012

After breakfast, my wife, my puppy and I stroll over to the Domino Park to watch the veterans play Dominoes. It is historical and cultural. During our last visit we saw that the City of Miami were powerwashing the whole park...it's nice to see that such a tradition is kept up by both it's participants and the City.

Go and check it out if you have never seen it.

Visited August 2012
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“The next best thing to watching dominos being played in Guantanamo”
Reviewed August 10, 2012

I'm a co-author of a domino book, called "Dominos For Schools" and I saw some of the great blocks here. You can learn more at ABCDominos where you can get a free ebook.

Visited May 2012
1 Thank SteveTLA
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