Tours By Bus |South Beach Local| Up Miami Beach
Downtown Miami and Bayside
From the corner of Lincoln Road and Washington Avenue take
the bus A (101)
westbound along scenic Venetian Causeway. After
a 15-minute ride, the bus ends its trip at the Omni bus terminal.
Causeway was built between 1925 and 1926. A series of twelve bridges
connects the eleven islands to the mainland and the beach. Remarkably
the submerged land for building was actually sold in 1922, long before
any of the islands existed. It is a quiet road with a toll booth,
so is mostly used for residential access only, and is ideal for cycling
(more in that later). The causeway is listed on the National Register
of Historic Places.
Accross the street from the terminal were the offices of the Miami
Herald, now demolished to make way for a sparkling new multi-purpose resort. A block south on Biscayne Boulevard is the magnificent
Center for the Performing Arts, which offers free conducted tours
on Saturday and Monday at 12:00 noon.
Omni Bus Terminal
the bus terminal, stairs (and an elevator) mount to the Metromover
similar to a bus travelling on an elevated roadway, is a free service
of Metro Dade Transit, and runs every five minutes during the day.
After five stations, alight at Government Center, though you might want to hop off at the next station, Museum Park station, to visit the stunning Perez Miami Art Museum.
enjoyable elevated route takes you through downtown Miami past ultramodern condominium constructions
and seedy downtown sections.
Government Center you can visit the Miami-Dade Cultural Center. Designed
by Philip Johnson, this Spanish-Mediterranean-styled downtown cultural
centre serves as the home for the HistoryMiami
Museum of Southern Florida and the Main
Diorama at the History Museum
Cultural Plaza, Miami Art Museum
the same platform, continue on the Brickell Loop Metromover. Cross
over the Miami River (great views) and continue to the end of the
line. Alight at Financial District Station. Cross over Brickell Avenue
and walk towards the bay.
Since the time William and Mary Brickell, the founders of Miami, named
a tree-lined thoroughfare after their homestead, Brickell
Avenue has been associated with wealth and prestige. Rising above
the beautiful waters of Biscayne Bay it is one of the most unique
and identifiable skylines in the world and over 100 domestic and international
financial institutions have earned Brickell a reputation as “Wall
the bayside enjoy the wonderful view of the impressive Brickell Area
skyline. You can return to downtown Miami on the Metromover, but I
would suggest you stroll back along the pedestrian bayfront walk (not totally finished yet) to
view the international banking centre of the Americas.
Brickell Avenue looking North
Brickell Waterfront, Biscayne Bay
is about 10 blocks back to the Miami River, where Brickell Avenue crosses by means of a bascule bridge beside the Hyatt Regency hotel into downtown.
Just before you arrive at the bridge, look on your right for the diminutive
Brickell Park where you will find the simple Brickell
arriving at the bridge, look towards the bay. On the south shore of the Miami River you will see an attractive waterfront park which is the site of the strange Miami
Circle at Brickell Point. It is the only known evidence of a prehistoric permanent structure cut into the bedrock in the United States, and considerably predates other known permanent settlements on the East Coast. It is believed to have been the location of a structure built by the native American Tequesta Tribe. Discovered in 1998, the site is believed to be somewhere between 1700 and 2000 years old. Administered by the HistoryMiami museum, the circle itself remains buried to protect it. Plans are for a small site museum, an audio tour and several panels describing the archaeological site.
Note the carved column on the right hand side of the bridge by world-renowned
artist Manuel Carbonell.
The statue depicts a Tequesta family. The column that holds the statue
includes relief used to tell the story of Florida's native people
as portrayed by French artist Jacques Lemoyne who came to Florida
in 1564. The bas-reliefs honor six people who left their imprint on
the city - Julia Tuttle, Henry M. Flagler, William and Mary Brickell,
D.A. Dorsey and Marjory Stoneman Douglas.
Brickell Avenue Drawbridge
The Station in a Building
Rather than traversing the bridge, return half a block
and walk west on Fifth Street until you get to the Metromover station
at 5th. Street station. After crossing the river, the little bus will
turn sharp right at Riverwalk station and then go right through the
middle of the 47-story
Miami Tower, known for its elaborate night-time illuminations
and its dramatic three glass tiers, has the world's only elevated
metro station in a skyscraper.
The Metromover then descends past what
was once the elegant Royal Palm Hotel, now an office-condo complex
in construction, past the Intercontinental
Hotel to Bayfront Park station back in downtown Miami. Alight here and head towards the
bay for a delightful stroll along Miami's Bayfront
Bayside Park from the Metromover
Flagler. Main Street Miami
This fascinating plot of bay-side land was miraculously saved from the developers. Look for the art in public
places, namely Isamu Noguchi's Slide Mantra, the Challenger
Monument, the Claude Pepper fountain, the Liberty Column and the Tina
next to the park is the wonderful Bayside
Marketplace. This vibrant marketplace consists of exotic restaurants
daily live entertainment, national brand name stores such as Brookstone,
Disney Store, Victoria's Secret, Gap, Guess, etc. The marina is the
base for the Island
Queen Millionaire's Row Biscayne Bay cruises, amazing Thriller
Speed Boats, El
Loro Pirate Ship and the Heritage
of Miami, a two mast topsail passenger schooner. Bayside's wealth
of activity offers something for everyone.
Downtown Miami from Bayside Marketplace
Bus "S" back to Miami Beach
Across from Bayside Marketplace is the American
Airlines Arena, Miami's premier venue for rock concerts and home
of the Miami Heat basketball team and the Freedom
Tower. The 17-story structure was modeled after the 16th-century
Giralda Bell Tower in Seville, Spain., once a newspaper office, then
a transit point for Cuban refugees and now dangerously located in
a burgeoning area of monstrous condominiums.
you have enjoyed Bayside, find the bus stop on Biscayne Boulevard
and wait for the S
which runs every 10 minutes. This will will whisk you back from downtown Miami to Miami
Beach over the scenic Mc. Arthur Causeway. Sit on the right to see the giant
ocean liners at the Port of Miami, the world's largest cruise port.
If you visit the museums, stroll down Flagler Street, downtown Miami's main street, or take a bay cruise, you could well stretch this into a full-day tour.
The cost? US$ 4.50 for two bus fares.
If you plan on travelling a
lot by local public transportation you may find it easier and more economic to
purchase a US$ 5.65 full-day or US$ 29.25 seven-day transit pass (called EASY
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