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“European Elegance in South Florida!!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
3251 S Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33129 (Coconut Grove)
305-250-9133
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Ranked #4 of 277 things to do in Miami
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Built in 1916 as a winter retreat, this lavish villa is a tribute to the Italian Renaissance. The museum contains much of the original furnishings and artwork, and is surrounded by lush, formal gardens.
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“European Elegance in South Florida!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

This this a fantastic tour of a beautifully restored house reminescent of Vaersailles. Our guide was passionate about he property,its restoration and preservation. Gardens and views are spectacular, don't miss this

Visited October 2012
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Mississippi
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“Great visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

A beautiful house and the gardens are even better. The builder intended a new house that resembled an old European palace or mansion and that is what he accomplished. The grounds are amazing and so peaceful to wander through. Allow yourself an hour to two hours for a visit. There is a gift shop and, surprisingly, a very nice small cafeteria downstairs. Would have loved to have a guided tour but they were not offering one that day. Our visit was on a Sunday. Don't know if this is the case every Sunday.

Visited October 2012
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Guatemala
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“Super”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

I love to get there, the atmosphere was nice and the tour very special, I could say, romantic too. You have to bring your camera, a lot of pictures you would want to take

Visited November 2011
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Pembroke Pines, Florida
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“Unbelievable”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

No drinking water in the whole entire place.
That is NOT permitted in a Florida park
None in the building
None in the park
If U get thirsty in the park U can pass out before U get the restaurant.
Saturday was not such a hot day
What about Summer time?
Had a horrible day
Just going back and fourth to buy water.
No 1 wants to walk around for hours in a park
Carrying a cooler.
Can NOT should NOT be this way
NOT IN FLORIDA

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Clearwater, Florida
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“Another example of Miami's poor museum offerings.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012 via mobile

While Miami is a city that I would recommend everyone visit at least once in their life, its cultural offerings are really limited to the money and eccentricity of South Beach more than they are the standard downtown, government or private organizations that you'll find in most large cities. With such high ratings for the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, I was honestly expecting so much more. If you would like to see an old mansion with a first-rate museum and gardens in Florida then visit the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota to see what you're truly missing because this place was easily forgettable. The gardens are a huge disappointment. No color whatsoever, just a bland green foliage presentation which is easily rivaled by a number of tourist garden offerings in the state of Florida. The mansion is the highlight of the visit which includes a large three-story stone estate that appears has done very little to refurbish the furniture and interior decoration of this early 20th century estate which gives you a feeling of stepping back in time. The walkways and garden structures appear to be falling apart and the manor smells of mildew which does keep the historical authenticity intact but mostly just leaves you with an empty feeling and the notion that it must have been nice to have that much money in the 1920's when the estate was in its prime, but the beauty is long gone.

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