Bayside Marketplace#18 in Best Things To Do in Miami
Situated between Bayfront Park, the Miamarina and the Miami County Dade Seaport cruise ship terminal, the Bayside Marketplace is a hub for tourists who want to shop, dine and people watch.
It's a one stop shop to grab all sorts of Miami souvenirs, and with more than 120 shops and eateries, there's something for everyone. It's popular with passengers waiting to board their cruise ship or those returning from vacation and people who want to watch the yachts pull in and take off from the marina. The Marketplace also features live music from local bands every afternoon and evening, and is home to tour boat operators like the Thriller Miami speedboat adventures.
While it's free to people watch and to walk around, be prepared to pay for parking on-site if you can't find metered parking on the nearby Biscayne Boulevard. Recent visitors also warned during peak season it can get crowded and that lines for the public restrooms can be long.
Bayside Marketplace is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and open til 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Hours are a littler shorter on Sunday when the marketplace is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
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