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Miami – US Rail Journeys Series 3 Episode 2
In Miami I stay at the DoubleTree Grand, Biscayne Bay, visit the Miami Beach Botanical Garden and travel to Amtrak’s Miami station to join the Silver Star.
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Getting to the Miami Beach Botanical Garden:
I have a good night’s sleep at the DoubleTree Grand, Biscayne Bay. After a relaxed breakfast in Primo’s Kitchen I book an Uber to take me to the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens.
I’ve never used Uber before although I did set up an account in the UK. I’m using a US SIM card and miraculously I’m able to change my phone number to the one I’m using in the US.
The Miami Beach Botanical Garden:
My Uber drops me at the main gate for the Miami Beach Botanical Garden. I’m sure that the driver has never been here before!
The garden dates from 1962 and is built on land that was previously used as a golf course. Sadly, over time, the civic garden falls into disrepair. In 1996 a group of residents approach the city to create the Miami Beach Garden Conservancy. Today this oasis is owned by the city and managed by the Conservancy. It is a dynamic venue for arts and cultural programming, environmental education and cultural tourism.
Oh, and well worth a visit!
Amtrak Miami station:
I check out of the DoubleTree Grand and travel to the station which is at the end of the line. The station first opened in 1978 and is snot connected to the local rail network.
I hope that you’ve enjoyed this podcast. Please join me in a couple of weeks when I start my journey on the Silver Star to New York.
To visit the Amtrak website please follow this link.
The website for the Opera House restaurant is here.
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