Sun Life Stadium
Home of the Florida Marlins
Experience the Park Sun Life Stadium Fan Guide
When you see a Marlins game on TV (or the Dolphins or the Super Bowl or Orange Bowl), the networks make a habit of showing South Beach and other exotic South Florida locales. Don’t be fooled… downtown Miami and Miami Beach are about 15 miles to the south. Fort Lauderdale is about the same distance to the north. A more representative shot of the area surrounding Dolphin Stadium would encompass parking lots, a Denny’s and the local check cashing joint. Not quite as scenic, huh?
Actually, those parking lots can be busy on game-days with fans tailgating, so get to the game early and join the party. Fire up the grill and have a catch, but don’t forget the tent or tarp to shade you from the Florida sun.
The Calder Race Course is located just north of the stadium if you like to wager on the ponies, but there’s not much else to do in the general vicinity. But this is South Florida with beaches and water sports galore, and top-notch shopping and dining, so no one will be bored.
Head over to Bayside Marketplace to do a little shopping at the outdoor market there. It’s about 20 minutes south of the park (located near the Port of Miami), and the relaxed atmosphere and scenic views make it a mandatory stop for anyone new to the area. Close by is the heart of Coconut Grove, or world-famous South Beach. Even if you’re not into trendy restaurants and clubs it’s worth a visit just for the people-watching. If you are into that scene, welcome to heaven.
About 15 minutes north of the stadium in Hollywood you’ll find the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, where there are a generous assortment of clubs and bars to choose from, and of course the casino to donate your money to. Keep heading north 15 minutes or so and you can hit the beach or re-live your college days in Fort Lauderdale. For more far-flung adventures, head to Everglades National Park or take the so-called Overseas Highway about 120 miles south through the Florida Keys and to Key West.