Miami International Airport is the main international airport serving the Miami metropolitan area of the United States of America. The aviation facility is located in an unincorporated area in Miami-Dade County, Florida, between Miami, Doral, Miami Springs, Virginia Gardens, and the Fontainebleau neighbourhood, 13km northwest of downtown Miami. The airport is owned by the Miami-Dade County and operated by the Miami-Dade Aviation Department. It serves as the largest gateway between the United States and Latin America and the Caribbean. The airport serves as a hub for American Airlines, FedEx Express, LAN Cargo, Miami Air International, and UPS Airlines, as well as a focus city for Avianca, LAN Airlines, and TAM Brazilian Airlines.
What to see & do
Miami Museum of Science - The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, formerly known as Miami Museum of Science, is a museum with interactive science exhibits, a Space-Transit Planetarium, a Sea Lab, and the Weintraub Observatory. The Planetarium is the venue of Jack Horkheimer's Star Gazer, the world's first weekly television series dedicated to naked-eye astronomy. Additionally, the museum has a wildlife centre called the Falcon Batchelor Bird of Prey Centre that is devoted to the rehabilitation and release of raptors native to Florida and those that migrate through Florida.
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden - The large botanic garden covers 83 acres in metropolitan Miami, south of Coral Gables, bordered to the south and west by Matheson Hammock Park. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is home to the American Orchid Society and houses extensive collections of rare tropical plants. Aside from preserving and exhibiting biodiversity, the Garden also serves as a museum, laboratory, and a learning centre and conservation research facility.
Miami Beach - Miami Beach is the famous coastal resort city located in in Miami-Dade County that boasts of world-class beaches, a vibrant nightlife, plenty of choices for outdoor activities, shopping opportunities, a thriving arts scene, and more. Miami Beach's very own Art Deco Historic District, which houses the world's largest collection of Art Deco architecture, is included in the National Register of Historic Places.
How to get around within Miami
The transit system in Miami is the most diverse in Florida. The bus system runs throughout the entire county and connects to bus lines serving nearby areas such as Broward County and the Greater Fort Lauderdale area. Many of the major bus lines run 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Miami's very own Metrorail is a dual line elevated rail system that operates between 5:00 a.m. and midnight. Metrorail serves Miami and its surrounding cities, providing fast and efficient transportation to several tourist destinations in or near 23 stations.
Taxi service in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, and Monroe counties is available but expensive, with pre-determined rates depending on the pick-up point and destination. Travellers are required to call a taxi company to request pick-up, as drivers are legally not allowed to pick up passengers off the streets except at the airport, the Port of Miami, and train stations.
How to get there
Miami International Airport links North America, Latin America, and Europe. There are flights to the airport from major airports such as those in Washington, Houston, Toronto, Moscow, Berlin, Paris, Panama City, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, and Manchester.