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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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Excellent tour
James was an enthusiastic and knowledgable tour guide. Really enjoyable experience. We loved the tour.
Lorraine_B, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Miami

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A thorough experience full of fun, history, beautiful architecture & stories!
Sholinchek, Nov 2021
Miami South Beach Art Deco Walking Tour
Loved hearing the history of Miami Beach & it’s Art Deco history. Seeing the Art Deco buildings & hearing the stories behind them create a greater understanding of the area.
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Do you really know what Art Deco Is?
Diatraw_S, Nov 2021
Miami South Beach Art Deco Walking Tour
Walking South Beach and looking at the enormous Art Deco artifacts was awesome. I learned so much from James. Afterwards he suggested that we explore on our own. I went to the Fontainebleau. Awe inspiring.
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Deco Deep Dive
Georgia_M, Nov 2021
Miami Beach Art Deco Tour with Cocktails
Our guide was very informative and never rushed us. Very interesting guy with lots of background history and present pulse of South Beach.
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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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Enjoyed our Art Deco tour...
MichelleBuron_H, Nov 2021
Miami South Beach Art Deco Walking Tour
Enjoyed our Art Deco tour with James. He was knowledgeable and humorous and made the walk entertaining.
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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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James was very...
Gary_L, Oct 2021
Miami South Beach Art Deco Walking Tour
James was very knowledgeable and a Great Story Teller - Hearing about Miami Beach & it’s history was awesome!
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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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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!

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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