The Miami River A view from Jose Marti Park.
The City of Miami was founded at the river's mouth by Indian burial mounds and grew up along the river. Over time, the river became the lifeblood of Miami's trade. Today, the river remains an economically critical artery of commerce, running 5.5 miles from Miami International Airport to Biscayne Bay.
This truly working river has evolved into an exotic, vital urban waterscape without parallel in America. It flows past boatyards, marinas, public parks, tugboats, shipping terminals, pleasure craft, houseboats, mangroves, historic homes, shippers, restaurants and loading docks through the heart of downtown Miami into Biscayne Bay. The Miami River's 32 private terminals handle more than $4 billion in cargo a year, making it Florida's fifth largest seaport.