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Downtown Miami

Downtown Miami is a unique and stunning blend of sleek skyscrapers, historic buildings and many cultural and recreational attractions. 

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Downtown Miami

The skyline of Downtown Miami

Downtown Miami is made up of four different districts:

Central Business District - a mix of modern and historic architecture, this is the hub of Downtown Miami’s business district.

Brickell - a mix of condominiums and skyscrapers.

Park West - located to the east and is home of American Airlines Arena, chic nightclubs, Miami Children’s Museum, and Jungle Island.

Media and Entertainment - the vibrant area surrounding the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.

Downtown Miami’s Central Business District

The Central Business District is the core business district for Downtown.  It is a mix of new and old.  It is home to the nation’s third largest jewelry district, the Bayside Marketplace – a dining, entertainment and retail destination, historic Flagler Street—a shopping area anchored by Macy’s, and Miami-Dade College. 

Bayside Marketplace
Bayside Marketplace is an indoor/outdoor dining, shopping and entertainment complex located on Biscayne Bay just south of American Airlines Arena.  Street performers and bands on the central stage, along with over 150 shops, restaurants, carousel and bars keep the tourists coming. 

Park your boat in one of the slips at Miamarina or catch a cruise or fishing charter on with one of several outfitters.  The Marketplace is open Monday through Thursday, 10 am to 10 pm, Friday and Saturday, 10 am through 11 pm, Sunday, 11 am to 9 pm. 

Bayside Marketplace
401 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, Florida 33132
Phone: 305-577-3344
Bayside Marketplace Website

Dolphins Stadium, Miami

Dolphins Stadium in Miami Gardens where the Miami Dolphins and University of Miami Hurricanes play.

Downtown Miami’s Brickell District

Brickell District is noteworthy for its tall skyscrapers, including Florida’s tallest, the 70 story Four Seasons Hotel & Tower. 

Major upscale hotels, such as Marriott, Four Seasons, Hyatt Regency, InterContinental, Mandarin and Doubletree, all have a location in Downtown Miami as do many upscale and casual chain restaurants such as Mortons, Gordon Biersch, Baja Fresh, P.F. Changs and Acqua.

Downtown Miami’s Park West District

There are many Downtown Miami attractions in the Park West district.  Some highlights are:

American Airlines Arena
Concerts, live performances, and awesome basketball games. Home of the 2006 NBA national champions, the Miami Heat, this venue also hosts concerts by major artists such as Britney Spears, The Killers, Green Day, and it hosts other programs such as Disney on Ice. 

American Airlines Arena
601 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, Florida 33132
American Airlines Arena Website

Jungle Island
Miami’s Jungle Island is home to 1,100 tropical birds that “fly free” and features over 2,000 varieties of plants and flowers.  It is open 365 days a year and offers animal shows and permanent exhibits. 

Jungle Island
1111 Parrot Jungle Trail
Miami, Florida 33132
Phone: 305-400-7000
Jungle Island Website

Miami Children’s Museum
Miami’s Children’s Museum is located on Watson Island.  The building was designed by Arquitectonica International, Inc. and represents the elements of the world – earth, wind, water and fire.  This fun museum is geared to the younger set, but yet is still fun for the entire family, with hands-on, interactive and bilingual exhibits.  Open daily from 10 am to 6 pm, except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. 

Miami Children’s Museum
980 MacArthur Causeway
Miami, Florida 33132
Phone: 305-373-5437
Miami’s Children’s Museum Website

Downtown Miami

Downtown Miami as seen from in front of American Airlines Arena

Carousel at Bayside

Bayside in downtown Miami has a carousel, shops, restaurants, and may interesting vendors.

Downtown Miami’s Media and Entertainment District

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County (formerly known as the Carnival Center for the Performing Arts)
This Center showcases many different cultural programs in its different venues – Ziff Ballet Opera House, Carnival Studio Theater, Knight Concert Hall, Peacock Studio Theater.  It hosts the International Hispanic Theatre Festival.

The Center is also a laboratory for developing cultural programs and is a workshop for artists.  It offers free, full scholarship summer day camps such as the AileyCamp introducing dance to middle school age children.  The different venues are centered on Biscayne Boulevard between NE 14th Street and NE 13th Street.  Self-parking available in adjacent lots and valet parking is also available.

Adrienne Arsht Center Website

Gusman Center for the Performing Arts
A former silent movie palace, converted to a concert hall, the Center is home to live performances, films and community events.  The Center has been restored to its former glory, with its distinctive Moorish architecture and simulated night sky on its ceiling with twinkling stars and moving clouds. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places. The annual Miami International Film Festival is held here. 

Gusman Center for the Performing Arts
174 E. Flagler Street
Miami, Florida 33131
Phone: 305-374-2444
Gusman Center for the Performing Arts Website

Miami Dade-Cultural Center
The Miami Dade Cultural Center is made up of three distinct cultural centers:  Miami Art Museum, Historical Museum of Southern Florida and Main Public Library. 

Miami Dade-Cultural Arts Center
101 W. Flagler Street
Miami, Florida 33130
Phone: 305-375-3000

Miami Art Museum
This museum focuses on 20th and 21st century art.  Open Tuesday through Friday, 10 am to 5 pm (until 9 pm on the third Thursday of the month), Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 pm, closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. 

Miami Art Museum
101 W. Flagler Street
Miami, Florida 33130
Phone: 305-375-3000
Miami Art Museum Website

The Historical Museum of Southern Florida
This museum explores the history and stories of South Florida and the Caribbean.  Check out an old Miami streetcar, the cigar labels and a prehistoric exhibit on Miami.

Historical Museum of Southern Florida
101 West Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33130
Phone: 305-375-1492
Historical Museum of Southern Florida Website

Port of Miami
Known as the “Cruise Capital of the World” and the “Cargo Gateway of the Americas”, the Port of Miami is one of the busiest ports in the United States.  Over 4 million passengers passed through this Port in 2008.  The Port has a large home based fleet and serves all of the major cruise lines. 

Port of Miami
1015 N America Way
Miami, Florida 33132
Port of Miami Website

Miami-Dade County Courthouse
This historic courthouse, completed in 1928, is the main courthouse of Miami-Dade County.  It is on the National Register of Historic Places. 

Miami-Dade County Courthouse
73 W. Flagler Street
Miami, Florida 33130
Miami-Dade County Courthouse Website

Downtown Miami Shopping District
Hundreds of shops and stores comprise the Downtown Shopping District.  Be sure to check out La Epoca Department Store, a Havana import and mainstay of the downtown shopping district since 1965.  Downtown also has the third largest jewelry district in the United States.

Downtown Miami Website

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