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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Miami International Boat Show got underway Thursday at a new iconic location.
The 2016 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show is being held this year at the Miami Marine Stadium Park on Virginia Key. Strictly Sail Miami will remain at Miamarina at Bayside Marketplace. Strictly Sail will be open from 10am–6pm daily. The boat show runs through Monday, President’s Day.
More than 1,200 boats will be on display on land and in the water. The park has a deep water basin which can accommodate the larger vessels. Closed and open-air tents have vendors featuring marine accessories, electronics, engines, nautical gifts and apparel and services.
“There are hundreds of boats to see including the $6.5 million Marlow Explorer, complete with its own gym. These two couples give the show high marks,” Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado said.
But with the big boats, comes just as big traffic.
That’s why the mayor is urging everyone to do what he did: take a water taxi.
Parking is limited to Virginia Key. However, the show is offering free shuttle and water taxi service to the event with pick up locations across Downtown Miami, Coconut Grove and Brickell.
Admission is $35 on Premier Day. Friday through Monday, admission is $20 per day for those age 16+ and a two pass pass is $35. A five day pass for Thursday through Monday runs $85. Those 15 and younger get in free.
If boats aren’t you’re thing, how about art.
The 53rd annual Coconut Grove Arts Festival will showcase the works of 360 nationally recognized artists along the scenic streets of Coconut Grove this weekend, Nov. 13th-15th.
“Our arts festival brings the most talented and creative artists from all over the world to Coconut Grove,” said Monty Trainer, president of the arts festival. “South Floridians have a great appreciation of the arts, and every year we are proud to welcome new artists who exhibit for the first time.”
Festival hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Admission is $15 per person, per day. Children 12 and under are free. Residents of Coconut Grove in the 33133 zip code get a reduced admission price of $5 (proof of residency required).
You can also enjoy the Art Wynwood, a five-day international contemporary art fair held in the spacious CONTEXT Art Miami Pavilion at 3101 NE 1st Ave.
A one-day pass runs $25 and a multi-day pass (from Feb. 12-15) is $55. Groups of 10 or more can purchase their tickets for $15. Lastly, students 12-18 and seniors, 62 plus, pay $15 with a valid ID.