American college football teams vie for a spot in one of several bowl games that are held during the 1st week in January including the Rose Bowl, the Sugar Bowl, the Cotton Bowl and the Orange Bowl which is played not at the Miami Orange Bowl but rather at the Sun Life Stadium. These games are held at a fixed location, the Orange Bowl is held every year in Miami in Miami. While it hasn't always been the case, since 2007 the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) champion has played in this game unless they are one of the top two teams in the country in which case they play in the BSC bowl.
The BSC bowl is the national championship, it is played at different warm weather venues throughout the country, in 2013 it happened to be in Miami so during the 1st week of January there were two college bowl games held there with an enormous influx of fans wearing the colors of their teams. Based on our observations, Notre Dame fans outweighed Alabama fans by a huge majority
The AmericanAirlines Arena is located on the Bay front of Miami and is home to the Miami Heat (NBA) and Miami Sol (WNBA).
The arena seats 19600 when fully utilized for basketball, but the upper levels can be closed to create a more intimate atmosphere of 16000 seats. The facility can be configured in five separate ways for concerts and other events, seating minimum 5000 and maximum 19600 patrons.
The AmericanAirlines Arena opened on December 31, 1999, and the first event was a Gloria Estefan concert. Two days later, on January 2, 2000, the Miami Heat played their first game (and won) in the new arena.
Check the webpage for upcoming events and ticket info.
Miami is baseball mad. My grandson has been going to the batting cage since he was 4 or 5 and playing on baseball teams - first coach pitch and now player pitch (and he's now taking pitching lessons)
It's possible to have a kid play baseball in Miami year round although summer is less attractive because of the heat.
Equipment: My daughter took her son to Hitter's Hangout (second photo)
I took a short trip to Miami, South Beach, and Miami Gardens (where the Miami Dolphins Stadium is) and enjoyed some of the festivities, activities and parties associated with all the hoopla surrounding the Super Bowl.
I arrived in Miami-South Beach on Thursday before Super Bowl Sunday and departed before the game started on Sunday in time enough to watch the game on a big screen TV along with many friends.
The energy in and around Super Bowl events is real. And so are the inflated prices for everything from a hotel room, meal and bottle of water.
Equipment: If you have any favorite team items, bring them from home because while the vendors @ Super Bowl-sanctioned locations will have just about any item you can imagine, it will be relatively expensive.
When we were on a mooring at Rickenbacker Marina, there was an ultralight place right next to us at the end of the causeway. They did instruction and they have ultralights for sale (new or used)
15 hours of instruction costs $1820 prepaid. Their website says
The Ultralight Pilot License (ACS Aerodynamic Control Sea) issued through the USUA, takes approximately two weeks to complete, weather permitting, requiring 15 hours of ultralight flight. Within that time frame you will be given instruction in basic ultralight water handling including, plow, and step taxi procedures. The student will then start Basic Air Maneuvers, flying the ultralight aircraft straight level, "S" turns, climbs and descents, using power, collision avoidance through an effective scan, slow flight, and stall.
Equipment: They also do tours. Any one route is $70, two combined routes is $90, up to all 5 routes for $180
A Bayside / Cruise Ship Row / Star Island
B South Beach / Fisher Island / Virginia Key
C Key Biscayne - Lighthouse / Stiltsville
D Dinner Key / Coconut Grove / Vizcaya
E Brickell / Brickell Key / Downtown /
Old Cutler Road from
Cocoplum/Le Jeune Circle to
Ludlum Road, Coral Gables, Pinecrest
Huge oaks canopy most of this stretch,
on which you'll pass Matheson Hamock Park,
Fairchild Tropical Garden, Gulliver Academy,
and some of the most
beautiful homes in Miami.
The sidewalk is smooth and
wide enough for bikers,
runners and 'bladers to share'
which means you don't
have to put your life to risk
battling road traffic.
With such gorgeous weather,
and large bodies of water
that surround you in Florida,
sailing can be a temptation
or an additional choice of things to do.
If you are a large group of friends
who want to sail,
Tropical Sail is available for day cruises.
Much of the boating in this area is done on little trailerable power boats. Many of the saltwater ramps are located at Metro-Dade Park's Full-Service Marinas. The launch fee was $8.00 at all Dade parks and most were open Sunrise to Sunset although some allowed 24 hr. ramp access
Equipment: Location:Haulover Park, AIA between Sunny Isles and Bal Harbour.
Location: Pelican Harbor Marina, South side of 79 St Causeway in the middle of the Intercostal waterway
Location: Miami, Legion Park, From Biscayne Blvd. (US1) take NE 64 St. east to the bay.
Location: Miami, Morningside Park, From Biscayne Blvd. (US1) take NE 55 Terr. east to the bay and then drive south into the park.
Location: Japanesse Gardens /Watson Park/Watson Island. MacArthur Causeway (41), N. side.
Location: Crandon Park Marina, Take Rickenbacker Causeway to Key Biscayne. Located at Bear Cut Bridge, third from the mainland.
Location: Seminole Ramp, Dinner Key Marina, Coconut Grove.
Location: Mathison Hammock Park. South of N. Kendall Dr. on Old Cutler Creek Rd.
Waterway: South Biscayne Bay
Location: Black Point Park, from Fla. Turnpike take Allapattah Rd. north to SW 248th St., then east to park entrance.
Location: Maceo Park, Miami. From the Dolphin Expressway (836), turn South on Red Road (NW 57 Ave.), then East on NW 7 St. to NW 51 Ave., turn left into the park.
Waterway: Miami Airport Lakes (C-4)
Location: From Kendal Dr. take SW 99 Ct. North to Snapper Creek Dr. N., east after the bridge, Coral Gables
Waterway: Snapper Creek Canal (C-2)
Location: Cutler Ridge From SW 216 St (Hanlin Mill Rd.) just east of the Turnpike Ext., turn south on SW 102 Ave. south-west on Old Cutler Rd. for about 50 yds., then east on SW 224 Street. The road turns south on SW 97th Ave for about 1 mile until you cross the canal. Take the dirt road on the south side of the canal back west to the ramp.
Waterway: Black Creek (C-1)
Location: The Falls Shopping Mall. From US 1 go west on SW 136 St. then south over the canal on SW 92 Ave. Come back east approx. 1/4 mile on the dirt road on the south side of the canal to the SFWMD structure.
American AIrlines Arena is right by Bayside and Miamarina. In addition to being the home of the Miami Heat (which I understand is a basketball team), they also have a lot of concerts there.
While we were there in March there were two Miami Heat games, a Britney Spears concert and Disney on Ice.
There are plenty of golf courses in the Miami area, the Doral being the most famous.
If you're like me, and don't golf unless you have to, then there are a couple of things to know about Miami golfing.
1) Don't go during the middle of the day. It can be hotter than the depths of hell, and if you don't really love the game - then it may not be any fun at all...
2) Courses are busy during the weekends. It is not uncommon to be asked to play with another group and to speed up your game during play. Don't seek solitude on the course
3) They serve alcohol on most courses by way of a bar cart. Need I say more??
Equipment: Bring your own clubs if you are a fanatic. Otherwise, the clubhouse or proshop has high-end rentals for reasonable rates.
We have seen this Arena being build, when we where there in 1999. The signs told us it would open on December 31, 1999 with a concert by Gloria Estefan.
It really looked they never where going to make that that but they did. The amount of seats range from 16,000 to 19,600 when the Miami Heat is playing.
When there are concerts or other events it can house from 5,000 to 20,000 people.
Picture taken june 2000
Equipment: Well take a good spirit with you doesn't matter if your attending a concert or a Miami Heat game.
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