AROUND THE TOWN
When navigating around Miami, many residents and visitors grab a cab, ride-share or drive to get from point A to point B.
However, Miami has all sorts of public transportation options which offer a unique perspective of the city – and the best part is some of them are free. With lots of cultural stops along the way and, of course, plenty of good eats to keep you going, using Miami’s public transportation makes for a great day around the city.
You can start your day by hopping on the free “People Mover,” an aboveground train system that goes from Downtown to Brickell. You can get on at the Omni stop and begin a day of adventures from there.
First up, the Museum Park stop. Home to the Perez Art Museum Miami and the new science museum (which is currently being built), it’s a great Downtown hangout.
The best part about the museum is the vertical garden that surrounds the building’s exterior. You can grab a snack or beverage from the museum café, Verde, while relaxing under the greenery overlooking Biscayne Bay.
You can hop right back on the mover and head South to Brickell City Center. Brickell, known as the “Manhattan of the South,” is a large financial and residential district. Over the last few years, Brickell has doubled its size with shops and buildings. And even though there are many new places popping up every week, there is one place in particular that has remained the same, Perricone’s Marketplace and Café.
Hidden inside a lush oasis, you’ll find a mouth-watering restaurant and a market with unique and fresh products.
Perricones has been part of Miami since 1996 and is a local favorite.
Next, you can get on the free trolley at one of its many stops and ride North up Biscayne Blvd.
The trolley is a hop-on/hop-off system that has a few different loops throughout Miami.
You can head back to the Omni stop and walk a few blocks West to refuel at a brand new coffee shop, Vice City Bean.
Located in the Arts and Entertainment district, Vice City Bean is on the rise. Its reminiscent NYC atmosphere makes for a great place to meet friends, get some work done, or grab a caffeine fix on the go.
Once you’re powered up, you can end a day of adventure by picking up a bike at Margaret Pace Park, just two blocks away from Vice City Bean. These bikes can be found all over town and can be dropped off at any of their stations in Miami.
One of the best rides is over the Venetian Causeway, a small pedestrian friendly bridge that connects Downtown to Miami Beach. Perfect for a sunset bike ride.
You can make stops along the way to enjoy amazing views of the city. Don’t forget a bathing suit if you decide to ride the four miles all the way to the South Beach sand.
Not a bad way to end a full Miami day!