Downtown Miami

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Martí Micolau
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  • What to see in Downtown Miami
  • Getting around

The Downtown Miami neighborhood, which overlooks the marvelous Biscayne Bay, is an eclectic place, where new and old, business and leisure mix, and where the old 80s skyscrapers mingle with the newly built ones, to give life to the unmistakable skyline of the city.

Downtown Miami is the ideal place to visit during the day on weekdays, when the neighborhood is teeming with activities: from shopping to walking in the beautiful location of the Bayfront Park, or in the chaotic Biscayne Blvd, which separates Downtown from Bayfront Park.



This neighborhood is a truly special place, with its artistic and architectural beauties, such as the giant M-shaped sculpture, designed by the architects Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardt, and historic buildings, like the beautiful catholic church Jesus, one of the oldest in the city.

There are a lot of them in Downtown Miami annual events of great importance, such as the ING Miami Marathon, which starts from the America Airlines Arena and ends at Bayfront Park; or the Miami Book Fair International, which offers attendees an opportunity to visit the exclusive Miami Dade College; or, again, the Miami International Film Festival.

What to see in Downtown Miami

Surroundings of Flagler Street

Located in the Central Business District, Flagler Street is the district's main thoroughfare. Fans of Shopping they will be spoiled for choice: da Macy's, at 22 E of Flagler Street, to the more than 280 jewelers of the Seybold Building, which help to form what is known as the Downtown Jewelry District.


For theater lovers, there is theOlympia Theater at the Gusman Center for Performing Arts, an old cinema from 1926 that has been converted into a theater, where mainly jazz and Latin music concerts are held, and where, at the time, they played Rudy Vallee ed Elvis Presley.


Near Flagler Street is the Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus.

Bayside Marketplace & Marina

It is the area of ​​the district dedicated to tourists, with its many shops and restaurants. Here you can indulge in shopping, eat in one of the many restaurants, or participate in a fabulous one cruise in Biscayne Bay.

Museum Park

The former Bicentennial Park, now known as Museum Park, is a 12-hectare park bordered to the south by the America Airlines Arena, home to the famous Miami Heats baseball team, where numerous sporting events and concerts are held, and Bayside Marketplace .

On the north side of the park, on the other hand, there are two recently opened museums, the Perez Art Museum Miami, dedicated to the art of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Sience.
The Museum Park is crossed by a promenade that connects Biscayne Boulevard to Biscayne Bay, and guarantees pedestrian access to both museums.

Inside the park there is also a monument, the Plaza of The Spanish Navy (or Plaza de la Marina Española), in honor of the forces of the Spanish Navy.

Omni

Omni, also known as the Media and Entertainment District, is a small part of Downtown Miami where many of the attractions of the neighborhood are concentrated:


  • il Perez Art Museum Miami;
  • theAdrienne Arsht Center for The Performing Arts, where you can attend shows of all kinds; the Adrienne Arsht Center is home to, among others, the Miami City Ballet, the Cleveland Orchestra Miami and the Florida Grand Opera;
  • theHistory Museum, formerly known as the Historical Museum of Southern Florida, affiliated with the Smithsonian Institute. Here you can admire the finds from different historical periods and those of the ancient Tequesla tribe, and you can take part in an off - site tour through the city;
  • la Freedom tower, built in 1925, which today houses the Museum of Art and Design;
  • Bayfront park, one of the largest green areas in Miami, located on the banks of the Biscayne Baye, where you can enjoy many outdoor activities or attend interesting shows and events.

Getting around

The transportation system that serves Downtown Miami includes several free services and an efficient overhead transport system.



Miami Trolley and Metrobus

The Trolley is a kind of tram that travels on rubber, with vintage interiors, totally free, which touches all areas of the city of Miami, including the Downtown district. Metrobus, on the other hand, is the paid city bus service.

Metrorail

It is an efficient system of overhead transport which includes 22 stations, on the route from Palmetto, to Downtown Miami, up to Dadeland. Metrorail also has a special Orange Line, which connects Downtown Miami to Miami International Airport.


Metromover

An elevated train, totally free, that covers the entire territory of Downtown Miami with a route of more than 6 km, divided into "loops": Omni Loop, Brickell Loop e Inner Loop; the Full Loop includes the entire route of the Metromover.

The Metromover is the most comfortable way both to move around Downton and to have a privileged view of the entire area.

Other means of transport

If you want to move around this area with an ecological vehicle, you can choose the service Citi bike, or Wheels 2 Go (electric bike rental).

To reach Miami Beach, Coconut Grove and Fisher Island you can instead use the service of Water Taxi.


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