14 most beautiful spots on campus

Anyone who’s ever stepped foot on campus knows immediately that FIU is a special place. The university is full of art, music, majestic trees and modern architecture.

We took a walk around and peeked behind closed doors to find the most beautiful spots on campus. Here’s our list. Did your favorite make the top 14?

1. Wertheim Concert Hall


Built in 1996, this 600-seat concert hall has played host to some of the university’s most memorable performances. The hall features grand acoustics and lighting. But the real star is the Sydell Ida Wertheim pipe organ – considered to be the finest in the southeast United States.

2. Miami Beach Urban Studios


What’s not to like about a campus that’s just a few blocks away from one of the most famous beaches in the world. Located at 420 Lincoln Road, MBUS is a 16,000-square-foot facility with a public gallery, design studios, performance and rehearsal spaces, and classrooms.

3. Sundown from Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium


Watching the blazing Miami sun set over the edge of FIU stadium is guaranteed to be one of your best memories as a Panther. The excitement on the field and in the stands is a perfect contrast to the peaceful scene over the Everglades.

4. BBC kayaking tour on the bay


Grab your flippy-floppies because you’re on a boat! Kayak through Biscayne Bay while enjoying the Miami skyline. Or take a night tour and let the moon be your guide.

5. View from the Green Library


The Green Library is one of the tallest buildings west of Downtown Miami. The eighth floor of the library has one of the best, unobstructed views of our amazing campus and city.

6. The Kissing Bridge


This picturesque bridge is not just for looks. Thousands of students cross it everyday and it’s one of the best places to get a close look at our friendly turtles. But beware: FIU legend says if you kiss someone on this bridge you will spend the rest of your life with them. So, make wise decisions, kids!

7. BBC Bike Path

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In reference to the Theory of Relativity, Albert Einstein said, “I thought of that while riding my bicycle.” So, consider this stretch of road at BBC to get lost in thought while riding your bike.

8. Panther statue


The recently installed Panther statue has become an instant FIU icon. This bronze feline was designed to strike fear in the hearts of visiting teams and we think it does a pretty good job. Also, don’t forget to take your picture with the Panther at Freshman Convocation and Commencement. #PicturewiththePanther

9. Paul L. Cejas School of Architecture Building

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This split level design studio has a floor-to-ceiling glass wall that really makes it shine. Also, the curb appeal is to die for! Natural light plus ridiculously tall ceilings make long hours spent on projects a little more bearable for our architecture students.

10. FIU College of Law Library


This is where the great legal minds of the future are currently studying. If you have some extra time, check out the section on torts and personal injury. Captivating reading, for sure!

11. Frost Art Museum


The Frost Art Museum is a piece of art itself. Designed by internationally recognized architect Yann Weymouth of Hellmuth Obata + Kassabaum (HOK), the 46,000-square-foot facility opened in 2008. It features large “leaves” or “petals” constructed to diffuse ultraviolet light by preferentially scattering natural light to the walls.

12. “Sky Lounge” at DM


The recently renovated courtyard in the Deuxieme Maison building just barely made our list since it was completed only a few days ago. The tiny flecks of blue glass on the ground and air ferns hanging from steel mesh structures are some of its most striking features.
http://go.fiu.edu/sky lounge

13. FIU Nature Preserve


An oasis from the craziness of campus, the FIU Nature Preserve offers walking trails, scenic sites, bird watching and research opportunities. Find your Zen here :).

14. MMC by starlight


When people think of the Miami nightlife, fast cars, nightclubs and neon lights come to mind. That’s all true but if you are looking for a place to get away from it all take a walk around MMC at night. With ample lighting and security, there’s no better place to take an evening stroll and clear your thoughts from the day.