Thursday, May 19, 2022

Brightline: What To Do When You Get There

With stops in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach—and a Boca Raton station expected to open sometime this year— Brightline is the best way to take a South Florida daycation

MIAMI

Station at 600 N.W. First Ave.

FTX ARENA

Formerly AmericanAirlines Arena, this downtown staple is home to the NBA’s Miami Heat and is a frequent host to concerts by some of the music world’s largest acts. Chances are, something big is happening there while you’re in the Magic City.

MARY BRICKELL VILLAGE SHOPS

A one-stop spot for both shopping and dining, Mary Brickell Village is one of Miami’s favorite lifestyle destinations. Boasting myriad dining options and plenty of choices for some retail therapy, it will likely take more than just one visit to check out every worthwhile stop.

BAYFRONT PARK

Home to South Florida’s most scenic music venue, concerts at Bayfront Park offer a beautiful view of the Miami skyline along with a sea breeze from Biscayne Bay. When not in use as a venue, the park is open to the public.

Adrienne Aesht Center, photo by Justin Namon

ADRIENNE ARSHT CENTER

Though it’s a little bit of a stroll from the train station—about 10 blocks—the Arsht Center is one of South Florida’s most important cultural hubs. The sprawling building includes a classic art-deco tower constructed in 1929, and the venue hosts traveling Broadway plays, international ballet performances and much more.

PEREZ ART MUSEUM

On Biscayne Boulevard in Maurice A. Ferré Park, the Perez Art Museum is South Florida’s flagship modern and contemporary art museum, exhibiting international art from the 20th and 21st centuries. While you’re there, don’t miss the Verde Waterfront Restaurant & Bar and its al fresco dining.

FORT LAUDERDALE

Station at 101 N.W. Second Ave.

HIMMARSHEE VILLAGE

Just a few blocks from the Brightline station, this distinctively named strip of bars and restaurants along Southwest Second Avenue connects to Fort Lauderdale’s Riverwalk, the Broward Center, Museum of Discovery and Science and more.

The Broward Center’s Au-Rene Theatre

BROWARD CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

Featuring everything from touring Broadway plays to standup comedians and musical acts, the Broward Center is an arts complex with multiple venues that serves as Fort Lauderdale’s cultural hub.

MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY AND SCIENCE (MODS)

Fort Lauderdale’s MODS is a must-visit for local families, and boasts interactive learning exhibits, frequent events, and one of South Florida’s only IMAX theaters, which—trust us—is worth the trip all on its own.

WILD SEA AT THE RIVERSIDE HOTEL

In the historic Riverside Hotel on Las Olas—Fort Lauderdale’s oldest hotel—Wild Sea Oyster Bar alone might be worth the train ride down. Boasting reasonable prices for the quality of its dishes, Wild Sea offers separate breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch menus.

RIVERWALK & WATER TROLLEY

As picturesque as it is practical, Riverwalk connects different hot spots throughout downtown Fort Lauderdale while weaving through 10 different parks. And if you’re not up for traversing the whole area on foot, there are eight Water Trolley stops along the path so you can hitch a ride along the New River.

WEST PALM BEACH

Station at 501 Evernia St.

SunFest

SUNFEST

This annual music and art extravaganza is just a stone’s throw from the West Palm Brightline station, and each spring it brings nationally renowned musicians and local artists together on the waterfront for five days of magic.

THE SQUARE

West Palm Beach’s version of Boca Raton’s Mizner Park, the Square (formerly known as Rosemary Square) is WPB’s premier destination for dining, shopping and community events from yoga classes to an annual holiday tree lighting.

PISTACHE FRENCH BISTRO

This beloved restaurant is a South Florida favorite and the closest you can get to a truly authentic French bistro in the neighborhood. Al fresco dining features views of the Intracoastal Waterway and Centennial Park.

CLEMATIS STREET

The entertainment hub of West Palm Beach, Clematis Street has some of the best bars, restaurants and clubs SoFla has to offer, all just a short stroll from the city’s Brightline station. Some of our favorite hangs include Respectable Street, Lost Weekend and Voltaire, and the street’s 500 block hosts trendy events like the annual Moonfest.

JUST AN UBER (OR LYFT) RIDE AWAY FROM THE STATION

WPB:

The Breakers – A classic, and one of our favorite hotels in SoFla. Period.

Worth Avenue – The premier luxury destination for shopping and dining anywhere north of Miami.

FORT LAUDERDALE:

Fort Lauderdale Beach – Ideally visited outside of Spring Break season.

Las Olas Boulevard – Fort Lauderdale’s premier shopping and dining destination.

MIAMI:

Wynwood – The SoFla neighborhood that needs no introduction. Trust us, visiting The Walls is worth it.

Time Out Market – While it’s no longer Florida’s largest food hall—Delray Beach Market now takes the cake— Time Out and its 21 vendors are still well worth visiting.

This story is from the January 2022 issue of Boca magazine. For more like this, click here to subscribe to the magazine.

James Biagiotti
James Biagiotti is a native of Boca Raton, a marketing professional in South Florida, and the former Web Editor of Boca Raton magazine. He is an avid music fan who spends far too much time listening to, dissecting, and traveling to see his favorite bands. He is also, unfortunately, a devoted Miami Dolphins fan.

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