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The Official Art Deco Walking Tour by the Miami Design Preservation League

1001 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139-5080
+1 305-763-8026
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Fab tour

We came for the Art Deco. Thanks to Martin Jean I now know I prefer Streamlined to Rectalinear and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
David W
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Swindon, United Kingdom
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So interesting!

A wonderfully interesting and informative tour given by the enthusiastic and knowledgable Melissa... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
RJN69
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Norfolk uk
via mobile
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Sponsored by the Miami Design Preservation League, the daily walking tours of the Miami Beach historic district are a terrific way to see the amazing architecture of the area. The tour guides are knowledgable and helpful.The ninety-minute tour provides an introduction to the Art Deco, Mediterranean Revival, and Miami Modern (MiMo) styles found within the Miami Beach Architectural Historic District. Explore hotels, restaurants, and other commercial structures with a visit to a number of interiors. The tours depart from the Art Deco Gift Shop at 1001 Ocean Drive (at 10th Street) on the following schedule:Mondays at 10:30 am Tuesdays at 10:30 am Wednesdays at 10:30 am Thursdays at 6:30 pm Fridays at 10:30 am Saturdays at 10:30am Sundays at 10:30 am You do not need to make advance reservations - simply arrive at the Art Deco Gift Shop within 10-15 minutes of the scheduled departure time in order to purchase your ticket.
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1001 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139-5080
Flamingo / Lummus
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+1 305-763-8026

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came for the Art Deco. Thanks to Martin Jean I now know I prefer Streamlined to Rectalinear and can tell an original MiMo from a 21st C copy. Saw where Versace was shot and where Marilyn Monroe stayed. Saw the Hotel where they shot...More

Thank David W
Martin J, Guest Relations Manager at The Official Art Deco Walking Tour by the Miami Design Preservation League, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear David W, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. It was a pleasure having you on the tour and I’m glad the experience was a memorable one for you. It’s great to hear that you’ve developed an eye for the key...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A wonderfully interesting and informative tour given by the enthusiastic and knowledgable Melissa. Her love and fascination for Miami Beach was infectious and we were taken to some great buildings. I now feel as though i understand the area much more. Thank you!More

Thank RJN69
Martin J, Guest Relations Manager at The Official Art Deco Walking Tour by the Miami Design Preservation League, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear RJN69, Thank you for your kind words about your tour experience with us. Our guides find it very easy to become enthusiastic about the historic district, the buildings, and their stories. It truly is a fascinating place and it’s great when that catches on...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Everyone at the Art Deco Center was super nice and helpful. Our guide, Howard, was amazing. Well-spoken, extremely knowledgeable and was able to answer all questions intelligently. Very in-depth tour with historical context and architectural information. Loved it!More

Thank Graham H
Martin J, Guest Relations Manager at The Official Art Deco Walking Tour by the Miami Design Preservation League, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Graham H, On behalf of the Welcome Center staff and your guide, Howard, I'd like to thank you for your compliments. We all take pride in what we do, staff and volunteers alike, and we truly appreciate your kind words. Thanks so much for...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great walking tour to give you an overview of the art deco district. Our tour guide not only introduced the architecture features, but gave a history of the changes in South Beach over the years. We spent about 20 mins the museum...More

Thank Michelle2012
Martin J, Public Relations Manager at The Official Art Deco Walking Tour by the Miami Design Preservation League, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Michelle2012, Thanks so much for your review and recommendation. It's always great to receive positive feedback about our guides and tours. I'm also glad to hear that you had a chance to visit our museum; a great sampling of exhibits that compliment our tours....More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This walking tour brought life to the wonderful Art Deco buildings of South Beach. We had a wonderful guide who was both knowledgable and passionate about Art Deco and the buildings of South Beach. We did the tour in the morning, 10.30am, and for more...More

Thank Buffyvsamanda
Martin J, Public Relations Manager at The Official Art Deco Walking Tour by the Miami Design Preservation League, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Buffyvsamanda, Thanks so much for taking the time to submit this review. I'm glad you enjoyed your tour. And while the tour is only a snapshot of the historic district, our hope is that it's just enough for you navigate and enjoy the rest...More

Reviewed 15 May 2017

Very nice walking tour of the art deco district. Informative and entertaining. Such a rich history during each decade going back nearly 100 years.More

Thank Teresa H
Martin J, Guest Relations Manager at The Official Art Deco Walking Tour by the Miami Design Preservation League, responded to this reviewResponded 18 May 2017

Hi Teresa, Thank you for submitting a review of your tour experience with us. Miami Beach is a young city by most standards but has a very colorful history to match its colorful buildings. Please let us know if there is anything we can do...More

Reviewed 12 May 2017

Weather you are in to Architecture or not - this tour is not to be missed by anyone visiting the Miami area! It is very much more than walking around looking a buildings. I learned so much of insider history of Miami Beach that I...More

Thank ThereOnBusiness
Martin J, Guest Relations Manager at The Official Art Deco Walking Tour by the Miami Design Preservation League, responded to this reviewResponded 18 May 2017

Dear ThereOnBusiness, On behalf of Melissa, thank you so much for your generous compliments. You are right. The history of the city really makes the buildings in the area come alive and we never tire of telling the stories that go along with that. Thanks...More

Reviewed 7 May 2017

My first time in South Beach...the restaurant and bar scene were over the top ! This walking tour provided so much insight into the architecture and history of the area. Our guide Maureen was outstanding...enthusiastic and full of interesting information.

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Martin J, Guest Relations Manager at The Official Art Deco Walking Tour by the Miami Design Preservation League, responded to this reviewResponded 18 May 2017

Dear Terry D, Many thanks for taking some time to write and submit a review of your experience on our tour. Maureen certainly makes us look good and now, you're making us look good. Thank you for that! Best, Martin J

Reviewed 25 April 2017

I wish I had done this tour on my first trip to Miami as it has helped me understand and appreciate the buildings in the South Beach area that I had previously just passed by without noticing. My tour was with Melissa. She did a...More

Thank swirlyi
Reviewed 24 April 2017

I highly recommend this tour. The guide when I took the tour was Joel Levine who is very knowledgeable and passionate about the material. I do think it makes the tour more appealing to have an interest in and/or appreciation for either history or architecture....More

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Rowdy-47
How long is the tour (hours)?
8 February 2017|
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Response from Jimbski | Reviewed this property |
The tour is 1.5 to 2 hours. There are a few stops where rest rooms are available. The tour is wheel chair accessible.
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nancyram
Hello, do you you have this tour available in Spanish?
20 February 2016|
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Response from lonestartravels | Reviewed this property |
I don't know if either tour guide spoke Spanish on my tour date. I did not see anything written about Spanish tours even available. Sorry that I was not able to answer your question.
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jknechtly
About how many buildings do you get to see? How many do you go inside? How does the self-guided audio tour compare to the guided one? (we may be unable to make the 10:30 departure)
30 December 2015|
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Response from McArthur3 | Reviewed this property |
We viewed between 12 - 15 outside and went into 4 - all of which were beautiful
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