|Many of the neighborhoods in and around Miami are experiencing explosive growth as people pour into South Florida. But none of them can keep up with Downtown. You’ll often hear it referred to as the Central Business District as the businesses grow right alongside the residential sections.|
About Downtown Miami
If you want to experience all that Downtown Miami has to offer, you’re going to need about a week to see everything. There are museums, art galleries, bars, restaurants, theaters, and shops galore in Downtown. Some of the oldest buildings in the city, dating back to the very early 1900’s sit alongside the newest high-rises. You’ll have your work cut out for you if you want to do a lot of sightseeing, but the Metromover, with its rides and 22 stations, will do its part to help you get there.
There are a lot of parks Downtown, but the Bayfront Park and Bicentennial Park usually have the most going on. Bayfront Park hosts the DWNTWN Concert Series, which puts on a free show in the park’s amphitheater every week. Several other notable Miami events take place at the park, including the Orange Drop at New Year’s and America’s Birthday Bash on Independence Day.
Bicentennial Park holds the Warped Tour every year and the Ultra Music Festival. Construction is going on in the park now for the Miami Art Museum and the Miami Science Museum. The third largest park in Miami is also Downtown. That would be Pace Park.
Flagler Street is the retail center of Downtown and is currently making a comeback after several years of decline. Macy’s has been on the corner of Flagler and Miami Avenue since 1912 and still hold that prime spot. Four blocks of Flagler are known as the Miami Jewelry District, where many of the world’s best known jewelers do business. The oldest of these is Moray’s Jewelers, who first opened their doors on Flagler Street in 1900.
Bayside Marketplace is another popular shopping destination in Downtown. If you are looking for souvenirs, this is the best place to go. It is Miami’s most visited tourist attraction with over 15 million visitors each year. This outdoor shopping mall has beautiful views of Biscayne view and sits right beside Bayfront Park. In addition to many well known national chains the center also holds many local stores.