Kendall is a suburban area in Miami. It is located to the south and west of the downtown area. It is approximately bounded by US-1 to the east, SW 137th Avenue to the west, North Kendall Drive (SW 88th Street) to the north, and Coral Reef Drive (SW 152nd Street) to the south. While primarily residential, there are some interesting places to explore.
As Kendall is some distance from the downtown and beach areas, transportation by car is recommended. Kendall can be reached from the beaches and downtown by taking US-1 south to North Kendall Drive (SW 88th Street). Alternatively, Kendall can be reached by taking the Palmetto Expressway (FL-826) south to its terminus.
Portions of Kendall are accessible by Miami-Dade Transit. If one rides either of the two Metrorail lines south from downtown, there are two station stops in the east Kendall region, Dadeland North and Dadeland South. Both have connecting Metrobus service to further explore the Kendall area. Dadeland South Metrorail station is also the northern terminus for the South Dade Busway, which provides access to southern Miami-Dade communities of Pinecrest, Perrine, Cutler Bay, Princeton, Naranja, Homestead, and Florida City via dedicated bus lanes parallel to US-1. Many local bus routes to the south use the busway for a portion of their journey.
Bus lines that travel west from Dadeland North Metrorail station include the 88 bus, which traverses North Kendall Drive, the 104 bus, which traverses SW 104th Street, including connections to Miami-Dade College's Kendall Campus, and various express buses primarily used by commuters and requiring additional fare.
The Kendall vicinity includes several attractions that are worth the trip from downtown or the beaches, particularly if you have children.
Zoo Miami, (formerly Miami Metrozoo), 12400 SW 152nd Street, Miami, FL 33177, +1 305 251 0400. This cageless zoo features exhibits of animals from around the world and is also heavily engaged in conservation efforts.
Gold Coast Railroad Museum, 12450 SW 152nd Street, Miami, FL 33177. Built on the former site of the Richmond Naval Air Station and adjacent to Zoo Miami, this official Florida railroad museum houses a collection of railroad locomotives and rolling stock. One of the highlights of the collection is the presidential railcar Ferdinand Magellan, which was used by Presidents as recent as Harry Truman (the picture of Harry Truman holding the copy of the Chicago Tribune with the famous erroneous headline announcing his opponent's election victory was taken while Truman was standing on the Magellan). Children will enjoy the collection of model railroads. Younger children will also enjoy the "Thomas" tables, featuring a hands-on exhibit of wooden railway toys.
Wings Over Miami Air Museum, 14710 SW 128th Street, Miami, FL 33196, ☎ +1 305 233 5197, . Wed through Sun, 10am to 5pm. The Wings Over Miami Air Museum is located in a hangar at the Kendall Tamiami Airport and features a collection of WWII and Cold War era war planes, in addition to civilian aircraft. Notably, most of the aircraft are in flying condition, and the hangar also is active in aircraft repair, giving visitors a first-hand look into aircraft maintenance.
Strip malls abound in the Kendall area; however, there are a few higher-end shopping destinations within the larger Kendall area.
Dadeland Mall, 7535 N Kendall Drive, Miami, FL 33156. Dadeland Mall is an enclosed shopping center featuring boutique stores and national chain department stores. Anchor establishments include Macy's, Nordstrom, Saxs Fifth Avenue, and J. C. Penney's. A new wing to the mall was recently completed featuring a second story dining terrace.
The Falls, 8888 SW 136th St, Miami, FL 33176. The Falls is an open-air shopping mall. It is easily accessible via the South Dade Busway. The mall boasts a series of water features running down the center of the main corridor.