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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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Recent reviews from experiences in Miami

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Wonderful Miami Art Deco tour!
Vic_F, Jul 2022
Miami South Beach Art Deco Walking Tour
Our guide Janinha Piazetta was very knowledgeable and entertaining. We learned a lot about Miami history and Art Deco architecture. Thank you!
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Wonder Art Deco tour
Holly_W, Jun 2022
Miami South Beach Art Deco Walking Tour
James is a terrific tour guide! Great education on Miami Beach and everything Art Deco. Highly recommend.
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Great tour!
alice_y, May 2022
Miami South Beach Art Deco Walking Tour
James was a wonderful guide. He was knowledgeable and informative. His was humorous and very accommodating for the weather. He made sure we were in the shade out of the sun when he spoke to us.
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Great experience with a wonderful Janina Piazette, our tour guide.
Gerd_M, May 2022
Miami South Beach Art Deco Walking Tour
Deep knowledge about Art Deco in Miami Beach and many lively stories about people, architects and history. You see interestings things you didn’t see before. Thx to Janina. Gerd
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James is the BOMB DOT COM.
Shari_T, Apr 2022
Miami South Beach Art Deco Walking Tour
It was amazing!! James is the best tour guide of all time. It was so beautiful, the weather was perfect and the tour was flawless. James taught us so much and we went to so many sites, but he didn’t walk too fast. It was the perfect tour. Love history and pop culture combined! Flawless.
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South Beach Art Deco tour.
Kathleen_L, Apr 2022
Miami South Beach Art Deco Walking Tour
Loved hearing the history of South Beach. I also enjoyed learning about the history of Art Deco! James was a great guide!
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Perfect tour to experience unique Art Deco style
JODY_D, Apr 2022
Miami South Beach Art Deco Walking Tour
Excellent tour with James. He shared many details of the rich history of Miami Beach and the style and preservation of the Art Deco architecture. As first time visitors to Miami, this was a perfect way to immerse our family in the local culture and discover a newfound admiration for Art Deco.
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Excellent tour, don't pass it up
Brian_N, Apr 2022
Miami South Beach Art Deco Walking Tour
James was an excellent tour guide. I learned a lot and laughed a lot. He was very knowledgeable about South Beach history. I highly recommend this tour.
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James is the best!
magda_t, Apr 2022
Miami South Beach Art Deco Walking Tour
Had such a great morning exploring the historic district. James shared such great local insights, and provided a wonderful historic back drop to the tour which really allowed me to appreciate everything we explored.
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Fun and fact-filled journey across the Art Deco landscape
Ellen_K, Apr 2022
Miami South Beach Art Deco Walking Tour
Love the history provided and context leading up to the Art Deco design period. James was a fun, knowledgable, and engaging guide. Couldn't have asked for a better tour guide!
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Great insight into Art Deco and Miami
JEFFREY_C, Apr 2022
Miami South Beach Art Deco Walking Tour
Very good 2 hour tour. Fascinating art deco buildings and interiors. James made it enjoyable with all his knowledge of art deco, history and celebrities. He took us into several hotel foyers, each with different art deco features, which we would not have seen if we hadn’t been on his tour.
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Great tour!
Christie_Z, Mar 2022
Miami South Beach Art Deco Walking Tour
The history behind South Beach. The art deco explanations. How the area was formed and who was the historian that did that
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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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