|North Bay Village|
|North Bay Village is made up of three islands that sit in Biscayne Bay between Miami and Miami Beach. It has seen its fair share of famous residents, including Dean Martin, Judy Garland, and Frank Sinatra.|
About North Bay Village
The three islands are North Bay Island, Harbor Island, and Treasure Island, all of which can be easily accessed by the John F. Kennedy Causeway. That same causeway can be used to reach either Miami or Miami Beach.
North Bay Village is home to a lot of museums, all showcasing different aspects of local culture. The Museum of History Miami is all about South Florida, though they recently became a member of the Smithsonian Institution Affiliates Program, which means that Smithsonian exhibits may be making their way to North Bay Village soon.
The Fort Lauderdale History Center, formerly known as the Old Fort Lauderdale Village and Museum, presents a slice of 1900’s Miami with dioramas, artifacts, displays, photographs, and an entire room decorated like a 1908 hotel room. The King-Cromartie House was built in 1907 and is now part of the museum, frozen in 1915.
Pelican Harbor is the best place to find a boat to use in and around North Bay Village. This marina is available for you to dock your own boat, or you can rent one. There are also water taxis stationed there, always waiting for passengers.
From Pelican Harbor, Pelican Island is just 400 yards away across the water. There you will find thatched roofed huts, barbeque grills, and picnic tables. There is also a sand volleyball court, though you will have to provide your own ball and net. The island also serves as a nature preserve and bird sanctuary. The beaches around the island are often tucked away in private little nooks and have become very popular for weddings and other events. Space can be reserved for use by large groups.
Back when Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland were making regular appearances in North Bay Village it was the height of Miami’s nightlife. These days it has calmed down somewhat, but there are still plenty of great bars and restaurants to check out. Happy’s Stork Lounge and Liquor has amazing prices and incredibly friendly service. Shucker’s Dockside Bar & Grill is a local institution that you won’t want to miss. Several local clubs specialize in jazz music, giving you a laid back atmosphere to sit and relax in as you recover from a full day of sightseeing.