Miami

Population

2010: 399,457, #44 in U.S., #2 in Florida

1950: 249,276, #42 in U.S.

2010 Metropolitan Area: 5,564,635, #8 in U.S.

1950 Metropolitan Area: 495,084, #38 in U.S.

Setting

Miami, located on Biscayne Bay on the Atlantic Ocean, was first settled in the 1840s and was incorporated as a city in 1896. Today Bayfront Park is along the shore, and the Port of Miami is the world’s busiest port for cruise ships.

Buildings

Tallest building: Panorama Tower (2003), 789 feet

List of tallest buildings

Stores

Macy’s has a downtown store in Miami. Saks Fifth Avenue is in the Brickell City Centre (2016). Bayside Marketplace (1987) is an open-air shopping area along the waterfront. The Omni International Mall was an enclosed shopping center on the north edge of downtown, in existence from 1977 to 1999.

Trains

Amtrak has two trains a day (the Silver Star and Silver Meteor) going north to Jacksonville, Washington, D.C., and New York City. The Amtrak station (1998) is located several miles northwest of downtown. The new Miami Central Station is scheduled to open for Amtrak in 2017.

Metrorail, which opened in 1984, is a rapid transit system running north and south from downtown. Most of the system is elevated.

Tri-Rail, a commuter rail system, opened in 1987 and runs north from Miami International Airport to Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. It does not directly serve downtown Miami, but has a connection to Metrorail.

Metromover is a people mover system which opened in 1986. It covers about 4 miles in downtown Miami.

 


Miami Skyline
(Photo by Marc Averette)


Museums

The Perez Art Museum Miami and the HistoryMiami Museum are located downtown. The Frost Museum of Science is just south of downtown.

Theaters

The 10-screen CMX movie theater opened downtown in 2017 in the Brickell City Centre. The Olympia Theater (1926) is a renovated movie palace that now has a variety of concerts and other events.

The Arsht Center for the Performing Arts (2006) hosts the Florida Grand Opera and touring Broadway shows. The Miami Symphony Orchestra plays at several locations in the Miami area.

Sports

The Miami Marlins of the National League play at Marlins Park (2012), about two miles west of downtown. The NFL Miami Dolphins play at Hard Rock Stadium (1987) in Miami Gardens, north of Miami. The NBA Miami Heat play at the American Airlines Arena (1999).

Map of Downtown Miami

DowntownMiami.com

Convention and Visitors Bureau