There’s No Place Like Home: Take the Brightline to See “The Wizard of Oz”

Photo by Juan Fernando Ayora for Brightline

There’s no place like home, but through the middle of June, South Floridians will be swept away on the Brightline and transported to the Land of Oz.

To celebrate the 80th anniversary of “The Wizard of Oz,” an exhibit has opened at the MiamiCentral Station in Miami through June 16. Here, kids (OK, big kids too) can wander through Munckinland, The Crossroads, The Witch’s Castle, and The Emerald City.

On their own journey will be a real-life Dorothy, Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion and Tin Man. Not only is the exhibit a celebration of the book and film, but also a multi-sensory learning opportunity, thanks to a collaboration with the Miami Children’s Museum. Kids can learn to make a tornado with Professor Marvel, create a “Horse of a Different Color,” and play with kaleidoscopes and prisms.

What we’re most excited for: the exhibit will include the actual ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in the 1939 film.

Photo by Juan Fernando Ayora for Brightline

MiamiCentral, which is hosting the exhibit, is a soon-to-open, six-block marketplace with retail space, residences, the Central Fare food hall, and a transportation hub with connections to the Brightline, Metrorail, Tri-Rail and Metromover.

This isn’t the first time that Brightline has been a vehicle to another world. Over the Christmas holidays, the Brightline train was transformed into the Polar Express, with families encouraged to hop aboard in their pajamas and enjoy a ride with music, dancing, hot cocoa, cookies, and a reading of the Chris Van Allsburg book.

Photo by Juan Fernando Ayora for Brightline

The Wizard of Oz Exhibit at MiamiCentral will be open seven days a week through June 16 and entry is included in the price of visitors’ train ticket. Private tours start at $15. For more information, visit gobrightline.com.