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The Official Art Deco Walking Tour by the Miami Design Preservation League

1001 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139-5080
+1 305-672-2014
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Enjoyable, Informative Tour

In 90 minutes, we learned about several styles of architecture in South Beach, including Art Deco... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Drew C
Fascinating piece of history

Spent a great morning with John on the Art Deco tour. He was very knowledgeable and had some... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Barbara F
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Sponsored by the Miami Design Preservation League, the daily walking tours of the Miami Beach historic district are a terrific way to see the amazing architecture of the area. The tour guides are knowledgable and helpful.The ninety-minute tour provides an introduction to the Art Deco, Mediterranean Revival, and Miami Modern (MiMo) styles found within the Miami Beach Architectural Historic District. Explore hotels, restaurants, and other commercial structures with a visit to a number of interiors. The tours depart from the Art Deco Welcome Center at 1001 Ocean Drive (at 10th Street) on the following schedule: Daily, Monday through Sunday at 10:30 am and every Thursday evening at 6:30 pm. You do not need to make advance reservations - simply arrive at the Art Deco Welcome Center within 10-15 minutes of the scheduled departure time in order to purchase your ticket. Tour ticket includes FREE admission to our Art Deco Museum at 1001 Ocean Drive.
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“art deco” (257 reviews)
“volunteer guide” (18 reviews)
“in south beach” (91 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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1001 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139-5080
Flamingo / Lummus
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+1 305-672-2014

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Reviewed yesterday

In 90 minutes, we learned about several styles of architecture in South Beach, including Art Deco and MiMo (Miami Modern). The tour guide was full of information and friendly, and the route was 5-6 blocks on flat ground, so those with mobility issues would be...More

Thank Drew C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Spent a great morning with John on the Art Deco tour. He was very knowledgeable and had some wonderful stories about the buildings we viewed. He also gave us suggestions for other things to do in MB.More

Thank Barbara F
Martin J, Guest Relations Manager at The Official Art Deco Walking Tour by the Miami Design Preservation League, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Barbara F, Thank you for your kind words about the Art Deco tour you took with John. And while just looking at the buildings is pleasant enough, nothing can replace learning about the inspirations and stories that go along with that. We're happy that...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Interested in knowing about the Art Deco movement in Miami Beach? Join this unmatchable walking tour and learn about the history of the area in any language, at your own pace, following a detailed and very interesting audio.More

Thank Rita Z
Martin J, Guest Relations Manager at The Official Art Deco Walking Tour by the Miami Design Preservation League, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Rita Z, Thank you for sharing about your positive experience with our audio walking tour of the Historic District. We're glad that you were able to take advantage of this flexible option during your visit to Miami Beach. Should you find yourself in the...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had an amazing couple of hours with our knowledgeable and friendly guide Melissa. $25 dollars well spent for a great history and architecture lesson with somebody who is clearly passionate about the South Beach area. We saw some hidden gems and heard some interesting...More

Thank Alison18
Martin J, Guest Relations Manager at The Official Art Deco Walking Tour by the Miami Design Preservation League, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Alison 18, Thank you for sharing about your positive experience in taking our tour. Like Melissa, we all take great pride in the Art Deco Historic District as we use the buildings to tell our stories. Miami Beach is a young city but one...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were accompanied by a fantastic guide called Julie, who was both very knowledgeable and extremely passionate about the Art Deco and MiMo architecture in South Beach. Following the tour, myself and my family were subconsciously spotting the Art Deco features whilst walking around the...More

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Martin J, Guest Relations Manager at The Official Art Deco Walking Tour by the Miami Design Preservation League, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Florrie H, Thank you for taking the time to write and submit this review. We appreciate your kind words and are glad to hear that our tour served you well for the remainder of your stay. You are right in that the Historic District...More

Reviewed 25 August 2017 via mobile

Excellent 90 minute tour by one of the volunteers at the Miami Design Preservation League. I learnt loads about the history of Miami Beach and the different styles of architecture. Martin our guide was excellent and very knowledgable. Got to find out interesting points we...More

Thank Jo C
Martin J, Guest Relations Manager at The Official Art Deco Walking Tour by the Miami Design Preservation League, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2017

Dear Jo C, Thanks so much for joining our tour on Friday and for writing and submitting such a favorable review. I never tire of sharing the story of Miami Beach and am always pleasured by how many interesting stories the buildings have to tell....More

Reviewed 23 August 2017

This was a great tour; very interesting and informative and easy to listen to. The tour is a perfect length and highlights some of the best architecture in SOBE. Our guide gave a brief history of the area and put everything in perspective. I would...More

Thank zannadog
Martin J, Guest Relations Manager at The Official Art Deco Walking Tour by the Miami Design Preservation League, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2017

Dear Zannadog, Thank you for your review and for mentioning that Howard is the best. And I am proud to concur with you (as he was my mentor throughout tour guide school ) and know first hand that he gives a top notch tour. I...More

Reviewed 21 August 2017

My tour guide was Howard & he's quite knowledgeable & very articulate on South Beach's history. I learned many juicy facts about Sobe's gangsters & their schemes back in the 40s & 50s and the years going forward. You think Ocean Drive is racey now??...well...More

Thank Merle S
Martin J, Guest Relations Manager at The Official Art Deco Walking Tour by the Miami Design Preservation League, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2017

Dear Merle S, Thanks so much for taking the time to write an submit your review. If your descriptive writing of the tour comes anywhere near the impressions made, then we all have lots to enjoy. And thank you for mentioning Howard by name as...More

Reviewed 17 August 2017

Had a long layover in Miami, so caught the 150 bus to South Beach, and while the rest of the family were getting themselves burnt on the beach, I spent a fantastic 2 hours (was a 90m tour, but I was very happy for the...More

Thank Jarod N
Martin J, Guest Relations Manager at The Official Art Deco Walking Tour by the Miami Design Preservation League, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 2017

Dear Jarod N, On behalf of Julie and the League, thanks so much for supporting us and for your very kind words. We're never quite sure which is more brilliant; the beaming South Beach sun or the glorious buildings that layer our neighborhood. Either way,...More

Reviewed 13 August 2017

Julie was a wonderful guide - informative, engaging and clearly passionate about her neighborhood and its architecture. I grew up in Miami but saw the Art Deco district with new eyes thanks to the tour and to Julie's excellent commentary. Highly recommended.More

Thank Michelle S
Martin J, Guest Relations Manager at The Official Art Deco Walking Tour by the Miami Design Preservation League, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2017

Dear Michelle S, Thanks so much for taking the the time to write and submit a review. On behalf of Julie, thank you for all you kind words. Julie's enthusiasm for the history, the architecture, and for how the buildings tell stories is absolutely infectious...More

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Rowdy-47
7 February 2017|
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Response from Jimbski | Reviewed this property |
The tour is 1.5 to 2 hours. There are a few stops where rest rooms are available. The tour is wheel chair accessible.
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nancyram
20 February 2016|
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Response from lonestartravels | Reviewed this property |
I don't know if either tour guide spoke Spanish on my tour date. I did not see anything written about Spanish tours even available. Sorry that I was not able to answer your question.
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jknechtly
30 December 2015|
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Response from McArthur3 | Reviewed this property |
We viewed between 12 - 15 outside and went into 4 - all of which were beautiful
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