Miami South Beach Art Deco Walking Tour


Ocean Avenue

38.00 USD

1 - 10

2 hrs


in Ocean Avenue
From $38.00 USD
per person

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Overview
  • Transport to the 1920s, 30s and beyond while your guide enlightens and entertains you with fascinating history of the pioneers, unlikely heroes, the rollercoaster boom-bust-boom periods, the rise of Art Deco architecture, the influence of the mob and Hollywood, and the transformation of this swampland to a tropical paradise. During your VIP small group tour, admire architecture on the outside and get exclusive access to select Art Deco buildings to appreciate the contemporary design and decor incorporated into the original interiors. We guarantee you'll walk away as Art Deco experts. Tour last 2 hours 10 minutes.

Location
  • Around:
    • Ocean Avenue
    • Miami, Miami, United States
    • Miami, United States
  • Pickup: 1100 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139, USA

Categories
  • Artsy Architecture Tours
  • Artsy Cultural Tours
  • Walking biking icon Walking Tours

Time of Tour
  • Departure at:
  • Duration: 2 hrs

Additional
  • Price per person: $38.00
  • Size: 1 - 10 people
  • Discount: 0%
  • Languages:

Inclusion
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges.
    Professional guide

Exclusion
  • Gratuities.
    Hotel pickup and drop-off.
    Food and drinks

Cancellation
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience

Miami South Beach Art Deco Walking Tour

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Art Deco Historic District, Miami Beach, FL

You will primarily walk outside throughout South Beach between 10th and 15th streets. The tour steps inside a few buildings to point out Art Deco and modern design and decor and other highlights. For private group tours, the tour can begin and end anywhere within the Art Deco district.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: South Beach, Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Tour stops include the Versace mansion (the outside only), and Art Deco classics such as The Carlyle Hotel, The Tudor hotel, the 11th Street Diner and the Wolfsonian. Find out which of these buildings were backdrops for the Miami Vice scenes, and movies like the Birdcage with Robin Williams. Legend has it Capone ran his gambling syndicate from the 2nd floor of a small hotel also used in a film with Sylvester Stallone and Sharon Stone.

Duration: 1 hour

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Additional Information

Confirmation will be received at time of booking.
Wheelchair accessible.
Not recommended for child aged 5 and under.
Please know traffic is heavy and parking is limited after 12pm on Fridays, weekends and holidays. If you are driving into South Beach please allot additional 45 minutes to enter South Beach and locate parking as some garages may be full and you will need to drive around to locate street parking. ALSO please check traffic advisory on Internet for any traffic delays..
Tour continues in rain or shine (except for Hurricanes Watches or Warnings). In the event of rain, we keep you indoors most of the time. Be sure to carry an umbrella or rain poncho to walk in between buildings. Statistically, rain showers do not last more than 20 minutes..
A minimum of 2 people per booking is required.
Near public transportation.
Transportation is wheelchair accessible.
Surfaces are wheelchair accessible.
Most travelers can participate.
This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers.
Face masks required for travelers in public areas.
Face masks required for guides in public areas.
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff.
Social distancing enforced throughout experience.
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas.
Gear/equipment sanitized between use.
Guides required to regularly wash hands.
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival

Reviews

5.0 stars, based on 95 reviews
John C
John C

James was a great tour guide and very knowledgeable about the history of South Beach and it's art deco style

24/07/2021
David
David

James did a great job describing the history and background of South Beach and the Art Deco architecture here in South Florida. He was informative and funny. Great experience! Highly recommend.

05/07/2021
Patricia S
Patricia S

Great tour. Very interesting tour and guide was fantastic. Get an idea of the history of S Beach and some interesting stories.

23/06/2021
hholmanshop
hholmanshop

James took us on a walking history lesson of South Beach while pointing out the Art Deco “rules”, sprinkling in stories of hidden gambling casinos. So nice to see this architectural style preserved and protected. Very enjoyable.

21/06/2021
Shantea S
Shantea S

I enjoyed the tour. I really appreciated learning about the architecture and history of the buildings. Unfortunately there are buildings that remain closed due to the pandemic.

15/06/2021
Amy
Amy

James is an amazing guide full of interesting facts about Miami’s South Beach history and all things Art Deco. He was fun and humorous and the two hour walking tour was very enjoyable. Bring water as it can get hot!

07/06/2021
Amy
Amy

James is an amazing guide full of interesting facts about Miami’s South Beach history and all things Art Deco. He was fun and humorous and the two hour walking tour was very enjoyable. Bring water as it can get hot!

07/06/2021
Cindy B
Cindy B

Now, this was a true walking tour! We learned SO much. The tour provided us an understanding and appreciation of South Beach that you can't achieve when walking/touring on your own. GREAT knowledgable, experienced local guide (James C.)

27/04/2021
Cindy B
Cindy B

Now, this was a true walking tour! We learned SO much. The tour provided us an understanding and appreciation of South Beach that you can't achieve when walking/touring on your own. GREAT knowledgable, experienced local guide (James C.)

27/04/2021
Laurie V
Laurie V

We really enjoyed getting to know the art deco district in South Beach with James as our tour guide, he was informative and a lot of interesting facts and covered a lot of territory in our lot of time!

18/04/2021
Laurie V
Laurie V

We really enjoyed getting to know the art deco district in South Beach with James as our tour guide, he was informative and a lot of interesting facts and covered a lot of territory in our lot of time!

18/04/2021
Carol
Carol

Description of Architecture Loved the history of all the old people that were described by the guide and who visited

14/04/2021
Carol
Carol

Description of Architecture Loved the history of all the old people that were described by the guide and who visited

14/04/2021
Mary E D
Mary E D

James is a wonderful knowledgeable guide. His passion for art deco is apparent and I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about this architectural style so significant to Miami. Well worth the time and money. Thanks James. You're a gem!!

29/03/2021
Mary E D
Mary E D

James is a wonderful knowledgeable guide. His passion for art deco is apparent and I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about this architectural style so significant to Miami. Well worth the time and money. Thanks James. You're a gem!!

29/03/2021
Janet C
Janet C

James was a wonderful guide and had a very thorough grasp on the architecture and history of Miami Beach. He knows art deco and has done extensive research on the development of the area, including the mob's influence on how buildings were constructed during the depression-era 1930s. The specific hotels and lobbies we visited on the tour were well chosen allowing for a better understanding of how to spot art deco designs in the area. I highly recommend this tour to any architecture -- or history buff. It was a nice activity to participate as a break from the beach, sun and spring breakers.

26/03/2021
Janet C
Janet C

James was a wonderful guide and had a very thorough grasp on the architecture and history of Miami Beach. He knows art deco and has done extensive research on the development of the area, including the mob's influence on how buildings were constructed during the depression-era 1930s. The specific hotels and lobbies we visited on the tour were well chosen allowing for a better understanding of how to spot art deco designs in the area. I highly recommend this tour to any architecture -- or history buff. It was a nice activity to participate as a break from the beach, sun and spring breakers.

26/03/2021
Elizabeth D
Elizabeth D

This tour had some great things going for it; James was very knowledgeable, and I truly learned a lot about art deco, which was my main reason for coming on the tour. However, I have a few suggestions for improvement. Firstly, Miami Beach is very noisy, but the guide made no effort to work around this, so it was often hard to hear him. He didn't use a portable microphone or move us to quiet spots frequently enough. For example, he mentioned that they typically start the tour inside a hotel lobby, but that this lobby was closed due to COVID, so he gave his 15-minute introduction on a riotous intersection where half the attendees couldn't hear him. This was poorly planned. Why not start the tour in a quieter location, even if not the original one? Then, too, the tour became a little redundant at times. After two hours, our attention was drawn again and again to the same features on different buildings: symmetry, rule of three, etc. Why not add variety and points of interest by providing more amusing anecdotes or historical facts? No one wants to hear "See the symmetry?" and "This is the original terrazzo" on repeat, but it'd be great to get more dishy stories about celebrities, crime, prohibition, and more. My suggestion is: if you are out of new anecdotes, cut the tour to less than two hours, which is about the maximum amount of time most people can focus on sheer architectural features.

19/02/2021
Mike S
Mike S

James was fantastic! Super knowledgeable and we learned a lot about South Beach history and he threw in great detail of his own personal experience after living here for 25 years.

19/02/2021
Kasie C
Kasie C

James was an outstanding guide!! Wonderful tour in every way, he knew Miami beach so well! We learned about architecture on this tour but we also learned the history of South Beach and James presented it all in an engaging and entertaining way!

19/02/2021
Nicholas G
Nicholas G

James was a great tour guide. He showed up on time, provided a lot of information and kept us entertained the entire tour

19/02/2021
Anne S
Anne S

James was a great guide, very knowledgeable about the history and architecture, as well as having some excellent personal stories!

19/02/2021
Anne S
Anne S

James was a great guide, very knowledgeable about the history and architecture, as well as having some excellent personal stories!

19/02/2021
William
William

James was very informative and laid out the parameters of ArtDeco in a succinct manner. The 2 hour walk was just right

19/02/2021
Steve
Steve

Very informative! Enjoined the tour and would recommend. The tour guide kept the tour fun and exciting.

19/02/2021
Lynn T
Lynn T

James was a wonderful tour guide. The best parts were his stories and Art Deco knowledge and access to areas we would have never found on our own.

19/02/2021
Nicholas G
Nicholas G

James was a great tour guide. He showed up on time, provided a lot of information and kept us entertained the entire tour

19/02/2021
Victoria
Victoria

James was so nice and knowledgeable! The walk flew by even though it was 2 hours! We learned so much! We loved how he used personal experiences as well as history to tell us stories about Miami Beach! We spent the rest of our trip looking for Art Deco buildings! We recommend this trip to anyone visiting Miami!

19/02/2021
Kasie C
Kasie C

James was an outstanding guide!! Wonderful tour in every way, he knew Miami beach so well! We learned about architecture on this tour but we also learned the history of South Beach and James presented it all in an engaging and entertaining way!

19/02/2021
Julian
Julian

James was a terrific tour guide, super passionate and knowledgeable. The tour weaves you in and out of amazing Art Deco buildings, including lobbies and rooftops. There are great photo taking opportunities but it’s the nuggets of info and anecdotal stories that are most memorable. You leave far smarter than you came and enthralled by the architectural gem that is Miami Beach.

19/02/2021
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