Brightline is Back

The high-speed rail resumes service this month. Here, we’ve rounded up the latest updates and a few highlights near every stop

Brightline train at speed, photo courtesy of Brightline
Brightline train at speed, photo courtesy of Brightline


There’s ample activity around the flagship Miami Brightline station. Visit one of many cultural institutions, such as the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts and Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science. The latter recently debuted two new exhibitions, “Skin: Living Armor, Evolving Identity” and “X-Ray Vision: Fish Inside Out.” The station’s central location also allows for connectivity to public transit like the Metromover, which can zip you over to Brickell City Center. A culinary must-visit is Marcus Samuelsson’s Red Rooster Overtown, where you can relax in a new second-floor lounge. There’s always Bayside Marketplace whose recent dining additions include La Cañita and Kuba on the Bay. 

Calling All Foodies!

MiamiCentral is getting a facelift with Citizens MiamiCentral. The new food hall welcomes a roster of international chefs, including Dario Cecchini, Dani García, and Masaharu Morimoto. Order from Krispy Rice, Umami Burger, or newbies like Morimoto’s pan-Asian concept, Sa’Moto. To finish, grab a treat from Cindy Lou’s Cookies. 

Brightline station, photo courtesy of Brightline
Photo courtesy of Brightline

Fort Lauderdale 

On the last Saturday of the month, make your way to FATVillage arts district via Brightline for its free art walk on NW First Avenue. Peruse galleries, interact with artists, and #supportlocal by making a holiday purchase. Continue the artsy tour with a quick Uber ride to the MASS District and its own art walk (also held on the last Saturdays). Mark your calendars for November 7 for Riverwalk’s free outdoor concert series known as Sunday Jazz Brunch. Sprawl out on blankets and bring a picnic for an alfresco afternoon of smooth sounds from area talent. 

West Palm Beach 

Now through April, head to the downtown waterfront on Saturday mornings to check out the famed West Palm Beach GreenMarket. Pick up fresh florals from Love’s Flower Shop or taste the flavors of fall with some Cider Doughnuts. Also within walking distance from the station is Rosemary Square, home to numerous culinary and commercial finds. After dinner, visit the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, which hosts the musical Come From Away November 16-21. 

Cast members of The Polar Express Train Ride, produced by Rail Events Productions, on the Brightline train in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Sunday, November 11, 2018. Photo by Guy Rhodes
The Polar Express Train Ride by Brightline. Photo by Guy Rhodes

Holiday Spirit

Brightline is bringing back the holiday magic with The Polar Express Train Ride. From December 11-30, guests can wear PJs and hop on board at MiamiCentral to enjoy a special one-hour trip, complete with music from the motion picture soundtrack, a Santa meet and greet, hot cocoa, and cookies. Each guest will also receive a keepsake sleigh bell and golden ticket. 

Did You Know? 

Brightline is launching Brightline+, enabling riders to book connecting transportation—on eco-friendly vehicles—when they purchase their train tickets. The first month is free, then will be offered at a reduced fare.

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