13 Things to Do During Miami’s Art Deco Weekend
Art deco is an indelible part of Miami Beach history and so, each January, more than 150,000 enthusiasts descend on Ocean Drive to celebrate the distinctive style at Miami’s 3-day-long Art Deco Weekend. Whether you’re coming for the arts and crafts, the retro fashion shows, the classic cars, or the adorable Bark Deco dog show, make sure to carve out some time for these classic Miami experiences while you’re there.
Explore South Beach’s art deco architecture
What better way to experience the city during the Art Deco Weekend?
Brush up on your art deco knowledge on a walking tour that takes you to both landmark South Beach buildings and out-of-the-way gems. You’ll learn all about the history of South Beach, the preservation of its art deco architecture, and the various characters and scandals that have shaped the area. It’s also a great way to pick up some trivia that will impress your fellow art deco enthusiasts.
Savor the flavors of South Beach
Beautiful architecture isn’t all the neighborhood has to offer.
While you’re in the South Beach area, get a taste of the diverse cuisines available at its wide array of American, Cuban, French, Haitian, Italian, and Peruvian eateries. Taking a guided walking tour to learn more about local food culture is a great way to cover more spots than you probably could alone.
Soak up the sights and sounds of Little Havana
Get to grips with one of Miami’s top Latinx barrios.
Explore another of Miami’s most fascinating districts on a walking tour of Little Havana. Here, Miami’s vibrant Cuban culture is expressed through colorful murals, the sound of dominoes and salsa music, and the scent of cigars and coffee. Meanwhile, a food-focused tour can take you inside locals’ favorite and family-owned eateries to try authentic Cuban cuisine.
Discover Miami’s diverse neighborhoods
There are plenty of areas to enjoy in one of Florida’s most popular cities.
Travel back in time at the Vizcaya
Take a peek at what life was like in 20th-century Miami.
Keep the early 20th-century throwback vibe going by visiting the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami's lush Coconut Grove neighborhood. A masterpiece of Mediterranean Revival and Italian Renaissance style, the house and gardens are a treat for architecture and history lovers alike.
Cruise off the coast in a speedboat
When you’re in Miami, you’ve got to get out on the water and there’s no better way to do it than in a speedboat. With that in mind, opt for a speedboat sightseeing tour that will give you picture-perfect views of the Miami skyline, Star Island, and the art deco buildings that line South Beach.
Charter your own yacht
Take the luxury level up a notch.
For a more exclusive experience on the water, charter your own yacht and leave the hard work to the crew while you spend your day as you please, whether that involves swimming, snorkeling, or simply chilling out on a sandbar.
Check out street art in Wynwood
The IG-worthy photo ops make Wynwood a must-visit.
Shepard Fairey, Maya Hayuk, and El Pez are just a few of the world-renowned street artists that have left their colorful marks on Miami’s revitalized Wynwood district. Learn about the stories behind the artworks on a guided tour and don’t forget to take a snap or two (hundred) while you’re at it.
Venture into the Everglades
Miami is a city of contrasts, after all.
Swoon over the opulent homes of the rich
See how the other half live.
Millionaire’s Row is exactly what it sounds like: a dense concentration of very expensive homes owned by the very, very rich. Taking a cruise through Biscayne Bay is the best way to get a peek at these massive mega-homes.
Journey to the southernmost point in the continental US
If you’re sticking around for a little longer, that is.
Head over to Florida’s Gulf side
See more of the state while you’re in town for the Art Deco Weekend.
If you’re looking to escape the bustle of Miami, it’s a quick 1.5-hour drive over to Naples on Florida’s Gulf side. Here, the serene beaches offer a respite from Miami’s tourist crowds and there’s a great food and drink scene to boot. Boat tours departing from Naples can even take you out to see manatees, alligators, dolphins, and more.
Take a trip to the Caribbean
The Bahamas is within surprisingly easy reach.
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