Watson Island in Miami

Articles and information about Watson Island in Miami, Florida Watson Island is a diamond shapped, 87 acre, man-made island in Biscayne Bay. It is connected to Downtown Miami and the South Beach neighborhood of Miami Beach by the MacArthur Causeway. The island is most well-known for being the home of the Miami Children's Museum, the Jungle Island Theme Park, the Miami Yacht Club, the Miami Outboard Club, Japanese Gardens, and a seaplane base.

Attractions on Watson Island

Miami Children's Museum
55,500 square foot children's museum on Watson Island featuring exhibits, demonstrations, a 200 seat auditorium, a gift shop, and a cafe.

Parrot Jungle Island
22 acre zoological park and botanical gardens that first opened in 1936 and was moved to its current Watson Island location in 2003. The park features live wildlife shows, wildlife displays, and botanical gardens.

Miami Outboard Club
Located at 1099 MacArthur Causeway on Watson Island in Miami. For more information call 305379-3000.

Miami Yacht Club
Located at 1001 MacArthur Causeway on Watson Island in Miami. For more information call 305-371-0703.

Ichimura Miami Japanese Garden

Miami Seaplane Base and Helipad

Island Gardens Development
The Island Gardens Yachting Resort development planned for Watson Island will include a Shangri-La Hotel Miami, the Residences at Island Gardens, the Shops at Island Gardens, and a yacht harbor capable of handling yachts up to 400 feet long. For information about the status of this development see the Miami Herald February 2013 article As of February 2013 the developers expected construction to be completed by 2016.

Articles About Watson Island

Wikipedia Introduction to Watson Island

2007
Watson Island Development to Begin Fall 2007

2006:
Miami Plans Island Home for Mega Yachts

2004 December
Developer Wants Make Watson Island a Resort
A Turkish developer wants to create a resort area on Watson Island that will include two luxury hotels, the Shangri-La and the Westin, with a total of 500 rooms. it will also include shopping, dining, entertainment, cultural attractions, and a 50 slip yacht marina.

2004 May: Miami Beach Officials Concerned About Watson Island Project

2004 February
Miami Rethinks Plans for Watson Island
February 2004 article by Paola Iuspa-Abbot in the South Florida Business Journal.

Watson Island Attractions and Development Plans
- Parrot Jungle Island
- Miami Children's Museum
- Ichimura Miami Japanese Garden
- Aviation and Regional Visitors Center
- Flagstone Island Gardens Resort
- Miami Outboard Club
- Miami Yacht Club
- Parking on Watson Island

Map of Watson Island Proposed Development


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