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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
Traveler Favorite
Perfect tour.
James was very friendly. Great info on the Art Deco buildings and history of the area. Perfect tour.
Sandra_K, Jan 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Miami

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Art Deco
Barbie_R, Dec 2021
Miami South Beach Art Deco Walking Tour
Our guide was awesome she was knowledgeable since Covid things have been very slow. I’m a travel agent and was delighted to be on vacay and enjoyed her knowledge she gets a 10 from me. Take the tour it’s fun to discover.
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The Beach
lik2run67, Jan 2022
Miami South Beach Art Deco Walking Tour
Loved this tour! Loved James! Loved his book! I learned an awful lot about Miami Beach from James. The architecture, history and some salacious stories. What more could you want??
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Signature cocktails and Art Deco.
Carmen_V, Dec 2021
Miami Beach Art Deco Tour with Cocktails
If you want to have signature cocktails and learn about the history of South Beach, this is a tour for you. Our guide “James” was knowledgeable, funny and had interesting stories. This was a fun tour and I learned a lot. I would not have stepped into these hotel lobbies if I was not on the tour.
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Best tour very informative
Barbara_K, Jan 2022
Miami South Beach Art Deco Walking Tour
The history of Miami Beach, the buildings themselves . I would have loved seeing the actual reconstruction of some of the buildings
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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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Art Deco at its best
Christine_B, Jan 2022
Miami South Beach Art Deco Walking Tour
James is one of the best tour guides. He has a unique South Beach history he loves to share, and clearly loves the Art Deco buildings we saw. Have done the Art Deco tour in Chicago, but he explained the different elements a bit better. Concentrated on Art Deco, but also explained South Beach history. South Beach is fortunate to have such a great tour guide, and yay for the Preservation Society.
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Very informative. James...
Marie_B, Dec 2021
Miami South Beach Art Deco Walking Tour
Very informative. James was an excellent guide and pointed out so many things we’d been walking right by and never noticed
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Learned a lot love...
Vicky_G, Dec 2021
Miami South Beach Art Deco Walking Tour
Learned a lot love knowing the whys of every place I visit! James was awesome!! Very knowledgeable 🤩🤩
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Attention Art Deco Enthusiasts- you’ll want to see this!
Devina_B, Dec 2021
Miami South Beach Art Deco Walking Tour
Fabulous tour guide- very knowledgeable and funny with lots of interesting antidotes. The tour was great fun- getting a glimpse into the history of Miami. We were immediately engrossed by all the interesting details of Art Deco design.
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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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Wonderful guide and experience
Cynthia_T, Nov 2021
Miami South Beach Art Deco Walking Tour
James is an excellent, knowledgeable, and friendly leader of the tour. We heard about the fascinating history and related stories and saw incredible examples of Art Deco architecture and design. Great experience.
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Art Deco History walk with James!
Andrew_B, Nov 2021
Miami South Beach Art Deco Walking Tour
Great walk through history and spectacular architecture. James was amazing and a delight to be with.

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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