Miami Downtown and the American Airline Arena AAA

With Bayside Marketplace

The first stop you should make in Miami Downtown is around the Bayside Marketplace, the Bayside Park, and the American Airlines Arena, home of the Miami Heat NBA Basketball Team. 

What see in Miami Downtown

Bayfront Park: Downtown's most important park, directly overlooking Biscayne Bay offering incredible views. 

In this area there is also the American Airlines Arena, home of the Miami Heat basketball team and where the most important concerts are hosted.

In front of the modern AAA Arena, you will find instead a completely different building, the Freedom Tower, an historic building dated back to 1925 that once housed the newspaper The Miami News, and now guests modern art exhibitions sponsored in collaboration with the Miami-Dade College.

Bayside Marketplace & Hard Rock Cafe - Miami

Bayside Marketplace is located in Downtown Miami, between the American Airlines Arena (where the basketball team Miami Heat plays) and the Bayfront Park.

The Market is an entertainment complex established in 1987; today, it’s one of the main shopping, entertainment and dining centers of Miami, and every year is visited by more than fifteen million people.

Some of the attractions here located include the Hard Rock Cafe and the Miami Water Taxi; many events are held throughout the years including a special fireworks display for the Four of July and New Year’s Eve.

The Bayside is one of the main departure points for city tours and excursions and is often included in the itineraries as stop; the majority of the Sightseeing Cruises leaves from the Bayside Market; you can spend half a day between shops and local vendors, and perhaps grab one of the Bay Cruises to admire the Skylines of Miami and Miami Beach from the water.

Since you are in the area, you should visit the new Pérez Art Museum and the new Museum Park, from here the views of Miami South Beach, the Bay and the Port of Miami are formidable.

Map Miami Downtown and The Greater Miami


Brickell Avenue Bridge

Brickell Avenue Bridge: this is the famous bridge that, at SE 4th Street, connects the two parts of Miami Downtown divided by the Miami River. The bridge was raised and enlarged at a later date to facilitate the passage of private boats and yachts. It is worth walking over it to linger and enjoy the view of the wonderful Biscayne bay and admire the bronze statue of the Cuban sculptor Manuel Carbonel dedicated to the "Tequesta Warrior"
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