Found just 30 miles south of Miami, Homestead offers visitors a small-town atmosphere with the amenities of a big city. A welcoming town center, with family-owned shops and restaurants, serves as an enticing introduction to the wealth of natural beauty that makes Homestead special. Indeed, the city is adjacent to two national parks. Ten miles west of Homestead is Everglades National Park, home to vast mangrove forests and watery sawgrass plains. It is truly a subtropical wilderness that shelters alligators, ibis, eagles, manatees and panthers. East of the city is Biscayne National Park encompassing the bay, barrier islands and coral reefs. And, just south of the city, are the Florida Keys, with an abundance of recreational activities.