Probably the most iconic, convertible, windin-your-hair drive in Southeast Florida is that along Route 1, a.k.a. the Overseas Highway, from Miami to Key West. But who says a road trip means you have to drive a car? Why not let someone else do the driving and hop aboard Brightline, Florida’s new city-to-city passenger train that uses nearly 200 miles of Henry Flagler’s existing Florida East Coast Railroad?
And since trains hit speeds of 125 miles per hour, you can expect to reach your destination faster than if you drove. Stations in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Orlando are designed to connect with current public transportation options in each city, making it simple to explore those locations. Expect railcars with plush seating, on-board amenities such as Wi-Fi, and competitive pricing compared to other travel options.
Dubbed “Miami-Central,” the Miami station is located at NW 1st Avenue, between NW 3rd Street and NW 8th Street. From here, you can walk to American-Airlines Arena, Adrienne Arsht Center, Port-Miami and Bayfront Park. Take the train up to the Fort Lauderdale station located at NW 2nd Avenue, between Broward Blvd. and NW 4th Street and walk to the Historic District, Museum of Discovery and Science, Riverwalk A&E District and the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. From the West Palm Beach station situated at Evernia Street, between S. Rosemary Avenue and S. Quadrille Blvd., take a stroll to the Clematis District, City-Place and Centennial Park.
With promises of saving 25 percent on travel time compared to existing transportation options, it’s no wonder travelers enjoy riding the passenger train.
OPPOSITE: Visitors at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium in West Palm Beach. TOP LEFT: Underwater Music Festival in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary off Big Pine Key. TOP RIGHT: Uncorked Food and Wine Festival in Key West. CENTER RIGHT: Betsy, a giant lobster sculpture at the Rain Barrel Artisan Village in Islamorada.