Bayfront Park is located in downtown Miami right along the Biscayne Bay. This urban waterside park is a wonderful jumping off point for a family's time in the city of Miami. Come and enjoy a stroll along the waterside with a picturesque fountain and sculptures. Walk over to the adjacent Bayside Marketplace with its shops and restaurants. Stop by for some outdoor recreation before the big basketball game at the Miami Arena. Take a local cruise from the Miamarina (at adjacent Bayside Marketplace) or hop on the free Metromover for a fun elevated adventure through the downtown area. All of the major forms of public transportation flow to and from Bayfront Park making it very easily and affordably accessible (Tri-rail, Metrobus, Metrorail, and Metromover).
Bayfront Park spans 32 acres and includes beautiful landscaping, sculptures, rock garden, small beach, benches, and a variety of seating areas. The newly renovated Klipsch Amphitheater and the 1,000 capacity Tina Hills Pavilion are major venues for music festivals and other events in downtown Miami. Both facilities offer the beautiful backdrop of Biscayne Bay for their events. Within the park the art of renowned sculpturist Isamu Noguchi can be found. Look for the white Slide Mantra that is meant to be played on or the towering 100ft tall white pipe sculpture memorializing the crew of the ill-fated Challenger. His Light Tower rises 40 feet above the park and is meant to be reminiscent of a Japanese lantern and the Moon over Miami.
The kids will enjoy the whimsical and playful sculpture of sea life within a wave at the Lee and Tina Hills Playground. They can climb around on the pirate ship or on the "Supermax" which features lots of opportunities for monkeying around. The playground's surface is a squishy rubber to keep kids safe from falls. Parents can relax around the playground with plenty of bench seating. The playground is located adjacent to the Tina Hills Pavilion which makes events even more family-friendly. The equipment was designed for children age 5 to 12.
Many local groups congregate at Bayfront Park for fitness classes. Some charge a fee but most will allow you a trial class for free. Bayfront is most famous for it's FREE yoga offered Monday, Wednesday (at 6pm) and Saturday (9am) along the bay. Classes last for an hour and fifteen minutes. Only adults may participate and attendance is capped so be sure to arrive early enough to be included. Bring your own towel, water and a yoga mat. The classes are held at the Tina Hills Pavilion.
The Flying Trapeze School is also located at Bayfront Park and offers both a short introductory experience and class packages for those interested in flying high as a hobby. The classes are taught by professional trapeze artists and students can have a chance to learn some classic trapeze tricks. Classes are for people of any age and are offered in the evenings. You can register with them online for any of their experiences. Students wear a double-line safety harness and there is a net.
There are several public parking lots across the street from Bayfront Park, as well as other locations nearby. There is a parking garage at Bayside Marketplace.