How to get around Miami Art Week and make the most of your time at the fairs

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Art Basel Miami Beach returns to the beach for its 20th anniversary, bigger than ever. And around it another 20 shows and numerous activities unfold, from Coconut Grove to Allapatah, passing through Wynwood. Tips to organize yourself in order to visit many galleries in a few days

How to get around Art Week in Miami and make the most of your time at the fairs

For art week activities art, the trolley allows you to move around Miami Beach from one fair to another.

The twentieth edition of Art Basel Miami BeachIt will be open to the public from December 1 to 3, 2022: there will be three days to walk among sculptures, paintings, gallery owners, painters and the odd celebrity. But in addition to the mother ship, another 20 art fairs, in addition to museums with special programming and events in cultural institutions will add to the movement. It's the busiest week on the local cultural calendar: Miami Art Week.

There is so much to do in so little time that it is necessary to optimize the hours, and For that, you should plan ahead. With a plan of action for exactly how to get there and where to park, as well as buying tickets in advance, you'll be prepared.

Where to park during Miami Art Week

The first thing you should know, if you are going to drive to the place, is that you have to arrive in advance to find where to leave the car and not get towed.

How to get around Miami Art Week and make the most of your time at the fairs

The large number of people who participate in the week of art complicates traffic and fills up the parking lots. (Art Basel)

In the same Miami Beach Convention Center where Art Basel will take place there is a valet parking service. From there you can go directly or, if you decide to go to the popular Design Miami fair, it will be just a few steps away.

If the place is full, as is often the case in this type of large event, you can check the public parking lots in nearby buildings, or the parking on the street, in the immediate area. Many of those are paid for via the Pay by Phone app, so it's a good thing to have it handy.

How to get to Art Basel without auto

In addition to the usual taxi services, Uber, Lyft and other easy-to-use apps, there is the Miami Beach Trolley, which is also a service gratuitous. It can bring you closer to the core points of the city on those intense days of art.

There are currently four routes in this service: Middle Beach Loop, North Beach Loop, Collins Express and South Beach Loop. The Miami Beach City Hall plans to add eight more vehicles during the week of art, so the trolleys will have an estimated time of 10 minutes between each other.

How to get around Miami Art Week and make the most of time at the fairs

Public transportation applications, such as GO Miami-Dade, are very useful for facilitating mobility between fairs.

Another option is offered by Miami-Dade Transit, the county's transit authority: public transportation by Metromover, Metrorail and Metrobus. For better use of the service, you can download the GO Miami-Dade app or MDT Transit Watch; in them you can locate the place of departure, the destination, and calculate the routes to take. You can even predict the best times and help plan your trip.

Miami-Dade offers bikes

If you don't have the patience to wait and prefer bikes, CitiBike stations are located throughout Miami Beach, Wynwood, Downtown, Brickell and Coconut Grove. In other words, it will be super easy for you to move from one place to another, in all the central areas of the city.

All bicycles can be picked up and returned anywhere in < county b>Miami-Dade. As a suggestion, download the free CitiBike app or check the CitiBike station map to find the stations closest to you.

How to get around Miami Art Week and make the most of your time at the fairs

CitiBike bikes can be a excellent option to go from one event to another in a short time. (Carlo Allegri/REUTERS)

Last, but not least, the tickets. Whenever you're going to gallery shows that require admission, such as Art Basel, SCOPE, Untitled, or Art Miami, buy tickets in advance so you'll spend less time time in line Those of Art Basel can be purchased on the official page of the event; most other fairs offer that service on their sites as well.

With these tips, you're ready to hit the art fair. Of course, choose comfortable shoes and keep your cell phone fully charged to take many photos and videos. Walking among so many works of art is unrepeatable magic.