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Boating to AmericanAirlines Arena to take in a Miami Heat home game is easy from either the north or south area of Miami. Avoid the usual traffic and parking hassles by berthing at the Miamarina at Bayside, which offers transient slips by the day (make a reservation at 305-960-5180 or the marina monitors VHF channels 16 and 18).

Stow most of your belongings on the boat, as the arena prohibits large bags and backpacks, banners, outside food and beverages, and laptops (see the team’s website for a complete list of items). If you want to see your favorite players warm up before the game, then the team’s “Get Close to the Heat” home game promotion allows ticket-holding fans to get near the court and watch the players warm up from when the doors open to the public until the end of the shootaround.

When basketball’s not on the bill, the arena hosts other events and concerts. Check the AmericanAirlines Arena site for what’s happening, but note you can’t drop by on off days — there are no tours of the facility offered.

heat is on 2Before or after the game, head to Bayside Marketplace, a short walk away. There are more than 35 restaurants and shops offering everything from apparel to technology and electronics. The marketplace features Kehoe’s Carousel and Train Ride, plus daily entertainment at its Marina Stage.

Close by to the Bayside Marketplace is Bayfront Park, with 32 acres of lush greenery, a small sand beach, a tropical rock garden, and a waterfall which dates back to 1926. Another attraction is the Mildred and Claude Pepper Fountain, named for Senator Claude Pepper and his wife, Mildred, well-known in the Miami area for her humanitarian work.

The park features three Isamu Noguchi sculptures — the Slide Mantra, the Challenger Memorial, and the Light Tower; Noguchi is regarded as one of the 20th century’s foremost American sculptors. Joining these works of art are statues of Simón Bolívar, Christopher Columbus, and Julia Tuttle, as well as a monument to World War II veterans and the Centennial Time Capsule.

Concerts are held at the Klipsch Amphitheater at Bayfront Park, and a playground at the park features a pirate ship, bouncers, and a structure with slides and several climbing apparatuses for the kids. There’s also an exciting play structure called the SuperMax designed for kids of all abilities to share fun physical activities.

Seven blocks north of Bayfront Park is Bicentennial Park, a 21-acre upland and seven-acre water site that’s undergoing a transformation as the Miami Science Museum and the Perez Art Museum Miami build new facilities there. The City of Miami is also renovating the park to include a baywalk and other waterfront amenities. Depending on the length of your day and the strength of your legs, you may want to catch a cab to bring you back to the marina.

By Melissa McMahon


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