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  • Frost Science Museum Inspiring Miami’s Future Scientists

    by | Jun 07, 2017
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    With its modern design, cutting-edge exhibits and world-renowned planetarium, Downtown Miami’s new Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science is a sight for the eyes and stimulus for the brain. The museum is significant for Miami not just because science is a part of our daily lives but because science develops our ability to ask questions, collect information, problem-solve and apply what we learn.


    From its 250-seat planetarium to its touch tanks to its South Florida ecosystem exhibits to its laser show, Frost Science is set to inspire Miami’s youth for generations. Frost’s opening sends a beaming headline to the world that Miami is no longer just about fun and sun. Miami is a global city with cultural institutions and an economy built around technology, innovation and science.

    The Oculus
    The 31-foot oculus lens sets Frost Science apart from other science museums. The lens gives visitors the impression of seeing fish from the bottom of a huge cocktail glass.

    The lens, which was built in Italy, is the viewing portal for the cone-shaped Gulf Stream Aquarium. The 60,000-pound lens measures 31 feet across and 13.5 inches thick.

    Museum officials wanted the unique oculus lens because it would give visitors the best view of Gulf Stream animals. The real Gulf Stream current, which flows just off the coast of Miami, carries more water than all of the Earth’s rivers combined and is home to speedy animals.
    If the museum used a vertical wall, some of the museum’s sharks would spook and hit the wall at full speed. The oculus lens allows them to swim continuously.

    The Planetarium
    Frost planetarium’s cutting-edge digital technology will also leave you speechless. The planetarium is fueled by a 16-million-color, 3-D 8K visual system — one of only 13 like it in the world.

    The planetarium’s screen is tilted forward at 23.5 degrees so that images move across a viewer’s entire field of vision, according to the museum. Miami’s old science museum in Coconut Grove had a planetarium but it was nothing like this.

    Frost Science offers exhibits that help children and adults have fun with science.

    Next to the oculus lens, there’s a projection wall that tracks visitors’ movements so that a visitor’s hand, swept across a wall-size screen, will scatter schools of fish projected onto it. The museum uses three-dimensional “capture cameras” to accomplish the feat.

    The interactive River of Grass exhibit, which features virtual wildlife that’s seen in the Florida Everglades, is another must-see part of the museum.

    Kids laughed and giggled as they played in the River of Grass water table, presumably not knowing they were doing science. The table allows children to manipulate the water flow to see how smart water management can avert ecologically catastrophic flooding.

    Kids can make a tap on the water table to create a plume of smoke. They could also throw pink balls down a whirlpool.

    Knight Learning Center
    Frost doesn’t just wow you with interactive exhibits; it goes further. The Knight Learning Center, which is located in the museum’s north wing, is home to Inventors-in-Residence, a residency program for scientists to develop innovative solutions in the health and environmental sectors.

    The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, which has been a generous advocate of Frost Science, funded the center.

    The museum is involved in other ways to impact the community. There are school field trips, Frost Science camps, the Frost Science Barge, the Batchelor Environmental Center and more. The museum also sits next door to Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), forming a formidable duo of cultural institutions. Both can be reached via the Miami Metrorail with a transfer to the Metromover (exit at Museum Park).

    Downtown Miami’s Population Boom Attracting Major Commercial Projects

    An unprecedented population boom in Miami’s urban core is fueling significant retail and commercial growth. Downtown Miami — which includes the area from Brickell through the Midtown Miami and Wynwood neighborhoods— now boasts 6.5 million square feet of retail, with nearly 1.43 million square feet under construction.

    Brickell City Centre, a $1.05 billion mixed-use project, and Met Square, a 43-story tower, are under construction. The Miami Worldcenter, a 27-acre project with residential, hotel, retail and other uses planned, recently reconfigured its design from an enclosed mall to open-air “high street” retail. Developer Moishe Mana is proposing major projects in Wynwood.

    The Panorama Tower, the Miami Central/All Aboard Florida station, the new Frost Science Museum and the proposed 1,000-foot SkyRise observation tower are just some of the other downtown projects in the works. The Panorama Tower will feature 821 luxury apartment for rent. All Aboard Florida is a planned Downtown Miami-to-Orlando rail system.

    The flurry of projects highlights the growth of a downtown area that once had a small group of year-round businesses and restaurants. Today, downtown is a vibrant area with full-time residents, new companies, state-of-the-art office buildings, world-class cultural institutions and entertainment.

    What: The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science
    Where: 1101 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132
    Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Open every day of the year)
    Cost: $17 to $28 for individual tickets; Membership plans run from $65-$250
    Contact: or 305-434-9600

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  • Miami: The Best Place to Live, Work and Play

    by | May 31, 2017
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    With its oceanfront resort lifestyle and myriad entertainment, fitness and nightclub options, it’s no surprise Miami ranks among the most fun cities in America. According to a new study by Wallet Hub, Miami ranked No. 3 for the most fun cities in America.


    Wallet Hub compared the 150 largest U.S. cities based on 51 key metrics, including restaurants, fitness centers per capita, movie costs and average open hours of breweries. Miami scored well on all of them.

    Miami ranked second in the nation in restaurants per capita and tied for first in fitness centers per capita. 

    2016 Most Fun Cities in America

    1. Las Vegas
    2. Orlando
    3. Miami
    4. New Orleans
    5. Salt Lake City
    6. Cincinnati
    7. Fort Lauderdale
    8. St. Louis
    9. Atlanta
    10. Scottsdale

    South Beach
    South Beach is famous around the globe for its nightlife. Top restaurants, night clubs, bars and world-famous hotspots along Ocean Drive and the surrounding area.

    South Beach is an international capital of late-night fun. Celebrities, athletes, tourists and residents gather here on a nightly basis.

    Greater Miami and the Beaches draws 14.2 million overnight guests a year – with 7.1 million of them int’l visitors. Miami hotels rank fifth in U.S. in occupancy after New York, Oahu Island, San Francisco, & Boston

    Miami’s Urban Core
    Once a quiet 9-to-5 job district, downtown Miami has transformed into one of America’s most exciting, thriving areas.

    A growing population of young professionals are living, working, and playing in downtown, which today boasts the highest concentration of cultural institutions in the Southeast and almost 400 restaurants and bars.

    Downtown Miami’s stunning amount of recent commercial real estate development and world-class cultural additions have helped alter South Florida’s image. South Florida is no longer a resort town known only for its beaches. Today, South Florida is a leading global center with world-class amenities. Several of these amenities sit in downtown along picturesque Biscayne Bay. 

    The breathtaking Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts and the internationally-acclaimed Perez Art Museum opened in downtown in 2006 and 2013, respectively. South Florida’s new science wonderland — the $300 million Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science — is being built adjacent to Perez Art. When the science museum opens in the summer of 2016, Downtown Miami will feature three of America’s top cultural facilities, all within close proximity.

    Downtown’s commercial real estate boom has also resulted in more restaurants, hotels, and retail centers. Downtown, which had few stand-alone restaurants 20 years ago, now features 392 restaurants and bars. Several new hotels, including the 54-story Epic Hotel & Residences and the luxury JW Marriott Marquis, and condo buildings have opened within the last six years.

    Downtown’s growing population — 80,000 live in Greater Miami — will have plenty of shopping opportunities as more than 2 million square feet of retail is planned. About half of that retail space belongs to the Miami Worldcenter, which will comprise 27 acres of retail, residential and hospitality uses in the heart of downtown Miami. It’s expected to open in 2017.

    All Aboard Florida, the downtown Miami-to-Orlando passenger train, is also being built with 163,000 square feet of commercial and retail space. When All Aboard Florida starts running trains in 2017, it will only add another dimension to one of America’s fastest evolving downtowns.

    Pro Sports Teams in World-Class Venues
    Basketball’s Miami Heat, baseball’s Miami Marlins and football’s Miami Dolphins have each won championships. The Heat have a long-term lease at their downtown arena; the Marlins recently opened a state-of-the-art, indoor park and the Dolphins’ home stadium has hosted five Super Bowls

    Green Space
    Green space can have a revitalizing impact on properties, particularly underutilized ones. As more users gravitate to dedicated green spaces, more commercial investment follows. When developers improve or build new projects with significant green space, nearby property values are increased and ultimately tax revenue as well

    With that in mind, South Florida developers have plans to add to what is already a significant parks system. Miami-Dade County Parks is the third-largest county park system in the U.S., consisting of 260 parks and 12,825 acres of land.  

    The most publicized upcoming project, The Underline, is a proposed 10-mile long bikeway and linear park that will run underneath the Metrorail tracks in Miami-Dade. The Underline will connect several diverse communities from Dadeland South to Brickell, one of the nation’s largest financial districts. It will improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety, create over a hundred acres of open space with restored natural habitats, encourage a healthy lifestyle, provide easily accessible places to exercise, and more. The Underline will increase property values because it will improve the adjacent and connecting property.

    The Underline is often compared to New York City’s High Line, a 1.45-mile long elevated linear park. The High Line had a significant impact on property values. The High Line, which had its first section open to the public in 2009, generated $3 billion in real estate development and an additional $1 billion in tax revenue after its creation. High Line Designer James Corner Field Operations has been hired by Miami-Dade County to design Miami’s Underline.

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