Most nights after work I take pretty much the same route for runs/walks from my place in downtown south across the bridge into Brickell and around Brickell Key. Now “most” might be a bit of an exaggeration depending on the week in terms of me actually exercising, but when I do, that’s the route I take. However on Sunday I woke up early (very excited I still had another day of the weekend left with it being MLK Weekend) and decided to head north. I did this for two reasons. One was that I wanted to pick up part of my old route along the Venetian Causeway from when I lived in Edgewater and the weekend morning meant I could do the longer route. Reason number two was that I was far far far overdue for a visit to Museum Park, which is along the way to the Venetian and only a few blocks north of me.
Now people who follow me on Twitter or who have read some different posts on my blog may know that I love PAMM (the Perez Art Museum Miami). Definitely one of my favorite places in Miami for the stunning Herzog & De Meuron designed building, the incredible views of Biscayne Bay and the Port of Miami, and just the relaxing vibe the breeze and its patio give you. Over my several trips to PAMM I’ve seen the park part of Museum Park (which PAMM is inside of) develop from looking like a construction sight to having its palm trees planted and just about to open.
Museum Park’s opening weekend seemed to arrive quickly and I made a mental note of wanting to go and check it out. Unfortunately I didn’t for whatever reason. Then even after I moved just a few blocks away this fall I still didn’t make a visit. I did visit PAMM one time after Museum Park opened and I saw the palm trees and the grass and thought it looked like a nice park, but it didn’t strike me as anything special. Just a park really.
I am here to tell you that as soon as I entered Museum Park I wanted to kick myself. The only thing stopping me was not that it’s physically hard to do (if I put my mind to something I’ll do it). It was that fact that kicking myself would have kicked me right into the water. The proximity to the water is one of the best things about Museum Park. It is right there! Coming from the south you’re first on a walkway that’s right above the water (when I visited it was complete with a beautiful sailboat). The walkway then wraps around the park and on the bay side there is a little set of sand and another seawall above the water. From there you can look towards the Port of Miami, the islands along the MacArthur Causeway, and then Miami Beach in the background. I think the views from Museum Park are better than Bayfront Park. Things are much closer (Jungle Island and some of the cruise ships are right across the way) and to me more beautiful (residential islands vs. the industrial port side that you see from Bayfront Park). Museum Park just overall is stunning.
In the middle of the park is a large grassy field and from here you get some great views looking south of the Miami skyline with American Airlines Arena front and center across the boat slip from Museum Park. Looking west you see part of what’s called the Biscayne Wall towering over Museum Park. The Biscayne Wall is the row of buildings that line Biscayne Boulevard and give the appearance of a wall from the water. That’s only going to be more true if all the buildings planned along Biscayne Boulevard are built. That will fill in the gap that currently exists between the towers right across the street from Museum Park and Vizcayne on 3rd Street.
Looking to the north you see the crown jewels of Museum Park (and of Miami)- PAMM and the future location of the Frost Museum of Science (still under construction). As you know I think PAMM is a total gem of a place. It’s one of my top recommendations for all visitors (and locals for that matter) to visit. I also have been ridiculously excited for the science museum to open ever since I learned you’re going to be able to look up to see a gigantic shark tank in the ceiling!
From Museum Park you now get some great new perspectives of PAMM and the construction of the science museum that you never got before (since the other side is the freeway). PAMM especially looks really awesome in the wide-angle view you get from the park. When the Frost is completed Museum Park is going to do so much for Miami. It already is!
South Pointe Park (scroll down a bit on this post to read about it) is one of my favorite spots in the greater Miami area and Museum Park is that for the city of Miami. I am having trouble deciding between PAMM and Museum Park for which of Miami’s (relatively) new additions is my favorite. Luckily I really don’t have to choose since one is inside the other! Museum Park and PAMM are top recommendations for a stop when you’re visiting Miami. I think you get a really good idea from both of what Miami (not just South Beach) has to offer. Take a look at the pics from my first time in Museum Park (which will certainly not be my last).
Museum Park is a block away from the Park West and 11th Street Metromover stations, as well as just off the 395. There is a small parking lot off Biscayne Blvd.
Museum Park- 1075 Biscayne Boulevard Miami, FL