Miami on the move: Glide from one sight to the next, above the traffic … and free of charge

MIAMI — It's officially called the Metromover, but you'll hear it called the "people mover." Whatever you call it, this elevated train is your free ticket to sightseeing in downtown Miami.

Think subway, but one floor above street level. No operators. The car or cars stop, you get on and an automated voice tells you about the next stop.


There are 21 Metromover stations, but the Bicentennial Park Station is closed for renovation. When it reopens, it will be renamed Museum Park Station for the construction of the new

Miami Art Museum

and new Miami Science Museum.

Just across from the

Port of Miami

is the Bayside Marketplace shopping and dining area. Because of its close proximity the cruise ships, it can be a little touristy. But it's worth going for good food, and small boats can take you on a tour of the local area. It's just off the College/Bayside Station.




season, you can see Lebron


and the

Miami Heat

play at

American Airlines Arena

— just off the Park West Station. The arena is home to many other events. Events are staged at the Miami Convention Center and the nearby Knight Center — which has its own station.

Three Metromover stations are near Mary Brickell Village (Eighth Street, Promenade/Tenth Street, and Mary Brickell Station). There are plenty of great restaurants and shopping here in the middle of the

Financial District

. It's a good place to see how the locals look, shop and eat.

At Bayfront Park Station you might find a festival going on, or enjoy this 32-acre park by sitting in the sandy area along the water, cruise ships in the distance.

A short walk away from the Omni Station is the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, which has concerts and dance events throughout the year.

If you have time,

Miami Beach


South Beach

area is just a $2 bus trip across Biscayne Bay. Just catch the bus at the Omni Center and enjoy the beach, shopping and parks.