Brickell is often referred to as the "Wall Street of the South" or the Miami Financial District. Not too long ago, this area was not much more than a few small banks intermingled with stately mansions. Today, the area has undergone a metamorphosis and is now home to over fifty banks, insurance companies, real estate companies, and dozens of bars and restaurants attracting business from across the globe. It is also home to the Brickell City Centre, a $1.05 billion multipurpose building housing a tri-level open-air shopping center, a luxurious cinema, and 565,000 square feet of retail space.
Unlike many city centers, while the vast majority of the area might be paved, there are still small areas of green where you can take your pup out for a break. Luckily, the weather here is beautiful with few days when you and Joey can't go for a walk. Even in January, the temperatures can still be ideal for walking.
The Miami Financial District consists mostly of paved surfaces, much like you would expect to see in any major city center. This might be a good thing for those who choose to live here as you will find dozens of incredible restaurants throughout the area to sample.
Both you and Joey will need to get used to walking on paved surfaces. To protect Joey's paws, you should start with short walks, giving their paw pads time to toughen up before striking out for longer walks. There are a few grassy spots but, if you want anything more than concrete to walk on, you have to go outside of the Financial District. Beyond this, try to take your walks in the early morning hours when the world outside is still cool from the night. This is the time at which the pavement is likely to be at its coolest and will not cause burns.
The Miami Financial District is sadly lacking in green spaces but, once you step outside of the district, there are multiple parks to choose from. For example, on the other side of SW 15 St. is Simpson Park. Here, you can enjoy the shade of a small section of the forest that once covered the entire Miami area. Inside the park are walking trails, an old stone house that is now a garden center, and some of the only remaining hardwood hammock in South Florida.
A little further down the coast is the Alice Wainwright Park. This is a nice, clean park with water fountains, a playground, and trails for you to explore. Try sitting under the shade trees on the bay shore where you can relax and watch the cruise ships sailing in and out. Both of these parks are the ideal place to take your family, including the four-legged member, for a change of pace and a picnic.