Address: 301 Biscayne Boulevard
Rating: 100.00 / 100
Bayfront Park is located in the heart of downtown Miami, on beautiful Biscayne Bay. It is bounded on the north by Bayside Marketplace, on the south by Hotel InterContinental, on the east by Biscayne Bay and on the west by Biscayne Boulevard. Redesigned in the early 1980's by Isamu Noguchi and managed by Bayfront Park Management Trust, Bayfront Park is 32 acres of lush greenery, with a small sand beach, a tropical rock garden and waterfall (dating back to 1926), a cascading fountain, a Laser Light Tower, and many different monuments commemorating events and people throughout history.
Bayfront Park is the host site for many special events and concerts. The Park fronts onto Biscayne Boulevard (Miami's “main street”), and is three blocks from Interstate I-95. The park is easily accessible by Miami-Dade County public transportation (Metrorail, Tri-Rail, and Metro-Bus), and is located next door to Bayside Marketplace -- a Rouse Corporation development that attracts 10 million people per year. The maximum capacity of Bayfront Park, for gated events, is 25,000. There are a few locations throughout the park where a stage can be constructed to accommodate the 25,000 figure. The more popular sites for stage placement are along the Flagler Promenade and at the Mildred and Claude Pepper Fountain Plaza
The Bayfront Park Amphitheater is located within Bayfront Park and has a capacity of 12,000 for general admission shows. There are fixed benches with seating for 2,672 and the lawn makes up the remaining 9,328. While watching a show in the amphitheater, patrons have Miami's skyline to their back and Biscayne Bay directly beyond the stage. The amphitheater is surrounded by an "amphi-walk," elevated 24 feet above the theater to avoid sightline restrictions. The wide walkway offers lighting and sheltered benches to protect guests from the hot sun or rain.
The Tina Hills Pavilion (capacity 1,000) is also located within the park and is available for smaller concerts, receptions, corporate events, and press conferences. The 1,000 capacity is comprised of fixed seating for 200 and lawn seating for 800. The flexibility of the open-air design allows for play towards the seats or away from the seats, facing Biscayne Bay.
Bicentennial Park is also located on beautiful Biscayne Bay, seven blocks north of Bayfront Park. Bicentennial Park is a 30-acre, open park with an event capacity of 45,000 (based on event infrastructure). Given the wide-open space, there are several different event set-ups that take place: everything from a singular stage to multiple stages to a carnival atmosphere. Some examples of event set-ups, that have taken place at Bicentennial Park, are the Lollapalooza music festival, the big-top show of Cirque Du Soleil, and the carnival atmosphere of the annual Halloween celebration, House of Terror.