MIAMI RIVERWALK AND BAYFRONT PARK
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After visiting the Olympia Theatre, turn right (east) on exiting the theatre
and continue on Flagler Street towards Biscayne Bay.
Cross over Biscayne Boulevard.
Notice the colourful sidewalk designed by famed Brazilian landscape artist Burle
Marx, installed posthumously.
Once over the street, head
towards the bay for a delightful stroll along Miami's Bayfront Park.
for an interesting history of this fascinating plot of bay-side land,
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.
from Bayside Marketplace is the American
Airlines Arena, Miami's premier venue for rock concerts and home
of the Miami Heat basketball team, Bongo's Cuban Cafe, a trendy nightspot owned by Gloria and Emilio Estefan
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 perilously located in a
burgeoning area of monstrous condominiums. .
Relaxing in Bayfront Park
Freedom Tower and Biscayne Boulevard
Rock Garden in Bayfront Park
Return to the fountain.
At the fountain continue in a southerly direction towards the impressive Intercontinental
Hotel and the Miami Riverwalk. Pop in to view the stunning atrium lobby.
Continue along the Riverwalk
with Biscayne Bay and the mouth of the Miami River to your left. You may be
fortunate to behold one of the little coastal steamers entering the river. Miami
is the main port for Caribbean commerce with the United States.
The Riverwalk curves to
the right as you arrive at the Miami River proper, beside the soaring 45-story
One Miami Condominium. Across the river
is Brickell Key, crowded with modern condominiums and the elegant Mandarin Oriental
Hotel. Be sure to note the public artwork beside the path, especially along
wall of One Miami.
Public Art on Riverwalk
Public Art on Riverwalk
Just across the river from the Miami Riverwalk is
the immense Icon Brickell
Complex. Below it, between the buildings and the river is a small grassy
meadow. This 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 arquelogical site.
Next on your right is the
Miami Hotel and Residences and behind it, the Southeast Financial Centre, the tallest office building in Florida. In front of you
is the Brickell Avenue Drawbridge. The Riverwalk passes underneath the Brickell
Avenue Bridge, a bascule
bridge originally built in 1915.
Epic Hotel and Southeast Financial Centre
Riverwalk east of Brickell Bridge
Once past the bridge, the
Regency Hotel, James L. Knight Conference Center and River Park Hotel are
on your right.
Just past this you arrive
at diminutive Fort Dallas
Park, site of the original 1836 U.S. military post and cantonment during
the Seminole Wars. This is a good time for rest and refreshment at Bijan's
on the River Restaurant. Beside the restaurant is the Flagler
Palm Cottage, an 1897 frame vernacular residence, It was moved from its
original site in 1980 and is the last known structure in Miami directly associated
with Henry Flagler and the early years of the city's development. Oldest known
residence in downtown Miami.
Riverwalk west of Brickell Bridge
Bijan's Restaurant at Fort Dallas Park
Leave the Miami Riverwalk and get back onto the street
and turn right (east) on SE 4th. Street. Look for the big "Red M" at the Riverwalk
Metromover station. Designed as an entranceway to the station, "Red M" creates
an intimate scale within the station's lofty eight story structure. The bright
red color adds interest and excitement to the site.
Turn left (north) on SE
1st. Ave. On to your right is one of Miami's tallest buildings, the 47-story
of America Tower, with a Metromover
station clinging to the side, the first elevated metro station in the world
built into an existing building. The tower's three tiers allow it to have multiple
color schemes in tribute to certain holidays and seasons.
On the corner of SE 1st.
Street our Miami Riverwalk ends and you will rejoin the route of the Downtown
Historical walking tour.
Flagler Palm Cottage
Bank of America Tower
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