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Art Deco Historic District
Art Deco Historic District

Art Deco Historic District

Ocean Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida

The Basics

Building elements in the district include sleek curves, glass blocks, terrazzo floors, pastel exteriors, and porthole windows and railings that are reminiscent of the ocean liners that docked in the area during that time. Ocean Drive is one of the best-known streets in the area, home to many Mediterranean Revival-style houses. Notable buildings include Casa Casaurina, a 1930s Spanish-style mansion that was once the home of Gianni Versace, and the 1937 Park Central Hotel, where Hollywood legends like Clark Gable and Rita Hayworth were noted regulars.

A walking tour is the most popular way to explore the area around Collins Avenue and Lincoln Road. Some Miami tours, by vehicle or Segway, include art deco–themed walking tours in the Miami Beach Historic District. Group tours available through the Art Deco Welcome Center include themes like gay and lesbian life, Jewish heritage, Miami scandals, and self-guided audio tours; they offer private tours as well.

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Miami South Beach Art Deco Walking Tour
Miami South Beach Art Deco Walking Tour
$40.00 per adult
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Best way to experience South Beach
James was a great guide. He showed us the amazing architecture while explaining the why and how of the area as well.
kenneth_v, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Miami

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Best way to experience South Beach
kenneth_v, Oct 2021
Miami South Beach Art Deco Walking Tour
James was a great guide. He showed us the amazing architecture while explaining the why and how of the area as well.
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Great Tour
Laura_C, Oct 2021
Miami South Beach Art Deco Walking Tour
James was excellent and I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about Miami Beach. He was pleasant to talk with and highly knowledgeable.
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Great Guide, Great Information
Joseph_M, Oct 2021
Miami Beach Art Deco Tour with Cocktails
Great information, helped us understand the city and how it was developed! James was an excellent guide!!
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Fantastic!
Tracy_C, Sep 2021
Miami South Beach Art Deco Walking Tour
Sandi (guide) very knowledgeable of Art Deco. Great tour with her explaining and pointing out things. Highly recommend this tour!
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South Beach in a new prospective!
ANGEL_M, Sep 2021
Miami South Beach Art Deco Walking Tour
Very informative. Great information about the historic buildings. Details to uncover the beauty and culture of South Beach. Highly recommended.
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Art Deco cocktail tour
ROBERT_S, Apr 2021
Miami Beach Art Deco Tour with Cocktails
Great tour guide, engaging and very knowledgeable about the area and architecture. Fun and very good cocktails
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Great walking tour!
David_S, Sep 2021
Miami South Beach Art Deco Walking Tour
We really enjoyed the tour and learned so much about the history of Miami Beach. James was great, very knowledgeable and entertaining!
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Very Informative South Beach Art Deco Tour
Robert_Z, Aug 2021
Miami South Beach Art Deco Walking Tour
James did an awesome job of the South Beach Art Deco tour. He is a great communicator and shared vast knowledge of South Beach, not only the Art Deco architecture, but social, pop culture, and the evolution of South Beach since the 1920s. The two hours went quickly. James worked hard to keep us out of the summer sun by stopping in shaded areas and taking us into the lobbies of several Art Deco hotels. Lots of insights. Even our college aged daughter enjoyed. Highly recommend.
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Great tour
Lisa_C, Jul 2021
Miami South Beach Art Deco Walking Tour
James was a great tour guide and very knowledgeable about the history of South Beach and it's art deco style
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Loved the history of the area and the local color and I don’t just mean the beautiful pastel buildings!
EllenB, Jul 2021
Miami South Beach Art Deco Walking Tour
Great experience. James made the tour entertaining and very informative on history of Miami Beach and it’s transformations over the years. Loved learning what makes a building Art Deco as well as some of the insider history of the buildings and area. Look for the “diamonds!” Super fun time!
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Knowledgeable Tour Guide.
Tessa, Jul 2021
Miami South Beach Art Deco Walking Tour
James was very knowledgeable about all the hotels and ins and out of the different Art Deco time periods. He had many personal stories to add and answered everyone’s questions!! He was a fantastic tour guide, highly recommend.
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Just do it
Karl_K, Apr 2021
Miami Beach Art Deco Tour with Cocktails
James was quite knowledgeable and clearly loves the art deco style. The mojito was excellent. Enjoyed the tour quite a bit, would have enjoyed it more without the rain.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Art Deco Historic District is a must for architecture aficionados.

  • Restrooms and other amenities are available at the Art Deco Welcome Center, but once you start on a walking tour, there are few public facilities along the way.

  • The welcome center houses an art deco museum and gift shop.

  • Those with special mobility needs should contact the Art Deco Welcome Center 72 hours in advance of any tour to seek assistance.

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How to Get There

The Art Deco Welcome Center, home to the Miami Design Preservation League, is at Ocean Drive and 10th Street, and is a good starting place to pick up brochures and books. The neighborhood stretches to the Atlantic Ocean in the east, Sixth Street to the south, Alton Road to the west, and Dade Boulevard to the north.

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When to Get There

The Art Deco Welcome Center is open from 9am to 5pm every day, and different tours run throughout the day. In the summer heat, it’s advisable to book a walking tour in the morning or late afternoon to avoid the midday sun—and the crowds. You may want to avoid Miami’s rainy season, June to September.

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Art Deco Weekend

The historic district hosts the popular Art Deco Weekend every year, during which Ocean Drive is closed to traffic and vendors showcase vintage and handmade paintings, photography, jewelry, sculptures, posters, and more. There are classic cars, food vendors, and street entertainment, all set against the famous art deco backdrop.

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