Miami may not have a very efficient public transportation system or pedestrian-friendly streets, but although traveling by car is the easiest way to get around, there are a few areas you can explore by foot. The artsy neighborhood of Wynwood is walkable, as are parts of Brickell, Coral Gables and Coconut Grove – though you’ll need a ride to get there. We’ve focused on one area with the best cultural sights, historic monuments, water views and a taste of city life – here’s our walkable guide to Downtown.
Cross Biscayne Boulevard onto the Pérez Art Museum Miami for a peek of the modern architecture and its collection of Latin American modern art. Nestled on the grounds of Museum Park along Biscayne Bay, PAMM was designed by famous architects Herzog & de Meuron, and boasts unique canopy gardens, a plaza and three levels of galleries. While on your walk through Museum Park, you can also stop for a picnic on the lush green lawns or continue on your cultural excursion with a visit to the Frost Museum of Science perched on the same grounds.
Pérez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL, USA +1 305-375-3000
While walking along Biscayne Boulevard, you’ll catch a glimpse of the Port of Miami. The busiest port in the world, it served 5.3 million visitors in 2017, hence the city’s moniker, “The Cruise Capital of the World.”
Directly in front of Bayside Marketplace, don’t miss the Simón Bolívar monument. The Venezuelan “liberator of Latin America” from the Spanish colonies is featured here surrounded by a share of Latin American flags.
It may be a tourist trap, but you can’t leave Miami without a walk through Bayside. The outdoor marketplace sits along Biscayne Bay with beautiful views of the water, the marina, and plenty of restaurants and shopping to keep you occupied. Grab a frozen pina colada at Let’s Make A Daquiri, and enjoy the live music while sinking into the pace of Miami’s bohemian lifestyle.
Adjacent to Bayside, Bayfront Park is a 32-acre urban park with a children’s playground, artist statues and a sandy area with loungers and waterfront views where you can enjoy the gentle breeze underneath the palm trees. The best part of Bayfront is you can continue along the sidewalk until you cross the Brickell Avenue Bridge onto Brickell’s business district. (You can also hop on the free Metromover which is located just across Biscayne Boulevard.) For a tour of Miami Beach, you’ll have to take the bus, but once there it’s easy to navigate on trolley, bus or by foot!
Bayfront Park, 301 North Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL, USA +1 305-358-7550