Downtown Miami and Brickell, the best areas to stay in Miami
The downtown area of the city is well known for being the historic part of Miami with many buildings from the 19th and 20th centuries being found here. Most of the buildings that you will see are either used by the government or as residential purposes and are of the classical revival style. Some famous buildings in the area include: Alfred DuPont Building, The Congress Building, Freedom Tower, Gesu Church, Meyer-Kiser building and the History Miami Museum, which has fabulous exhibitions on the region’s history.
Two of the most famous parks in the city, Bayfront and Museum, are located in the downtown area and the Bayfront Park is the largest. This park always has things going on with many different classes, concerts and other events of the sort. There are also many monuments and memorials that are dedicated to previous presidents as well as the astronauts that died in the Challenger spaceship accident. The Museum Park is connected with the Bayfront Park and was opened in 1976 and is home to the Perez Art Museum Miami, which showcases modern and contemporary art. Both parks also offer brilliant views of the city and the Atlantic Ocean and is certainly one for the photo album.
Just opposite the Museum Park you will spot Watson Island and is accessible by road and is home to various tourist attractions. On the island, there is a large and fun zoo called ‘Jungle Island’, which has an amazing range of animals and has an extensive range of birds. Miami Children’s Museum has lots of fun themed exhibits with informative facts and knowledge on the region’s history and culture and there is a beautiful Japanese Garden close by. There are also boat tours, rentals and jet skis to experience, which is a great way of seeing the city, especially at night. For shopping, head to Flagler Street, which has all sorts of stores and department centers, where you will be able to buy many different products. There is a broad range of cuisine in this part of the city as well as bars and a brilliant range of luxury hotels.
Brickell is just south of downtown on the other side of the Miami River and this neighbourhood happens to be one of the largest finance districts in the city. Brickell is where you will find “Millionaires’ Row”, which is found on Brickell Avenue and unsurprisingly is filled with the most expensive houses and apartments. There are many tall skyscrapers in this part of the city and some of them like the Four Seasons Hotel Miami and 701 Brickell Avenue are open to the public and where you can get outstanding views.
There are a good amount of parks and Simpsons Park is one of the best, which is home to many endangered plant species. St Jude Catholic Church is one of the best preserved buildings in the area and the First Presbyterian Church is one of the oldest in Miami. Right at the heart of the neighbourhood is the Mary Brickell Village, which is a mixture of retail shops and high quality restaurants and is well worth checking out. There are also a good number of theatres and cinemas in the area too and the International airport is very close by, making the area particularly accessible. Brickell is home to many splendid restaurants with varied cuisines including Argentinean, American and European and there are many bars and cocktail lounges to pick from.