From many loyal lovers in Miami, this endearing gem is a permanent display of their everlasting love. The idea is simple: couples cross a bridge in Kendall’s Palms at Town & Country, put their names on locks to latch them on the bridge, and toss the keys into the scenic lake to symbolize locking their relationship together. A ‘love lockdown,’ as Ye famously put it.
Maybe you’ve come across it. Maybe you haven’t. Or maybe your lock is placed here.
Like others across the globe, the Miami bridge is called the Love Lock Bridge. For years, people from all over the city and beyond have dedicated a lock to someone. Not only is the bridge for couples — it’s also for families, friends, and those who want to commemorate a loved one.
As you keep your eyes peeled on the railing, you can see the sentimental value of every single lock, both big and small. Many are even inscribed with initials or sweet messages.
But how did the idea for the love bridge start? The inspiration came to Joy Medlock, the vice president and general manager of The Palms at Town & Country at the time, when she took a trip to Europe, she told the Miami Herald in 2015. After coming across Paris’ Pont des Arts bridge in 2013, famed for love padlocks, she thought to bring the tradition to the bridge at the Kendall shops, which was originally built in 1985.
Though the Pont des Arts was once a place where love birds could express their love for each other, the tradition has ended. This is because the weight of the locks (over 700,000 of them) had been depleting the architectural structures.
Now despite the numerous amount of locks on the Miami bridge, there’s still plenty of room for more! You can find the Love Lock Bridge at The Palms at Town & Country at 8268 Mills Drive, Miami, FL 33183.