We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Revisited and old friend-Vizcaya” 3 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
Website
Improve this listing
Visit Vizcaya Museum and Gardens like an insider
Special Offer
$65*
and up
Go Miami Card
Ranked #4 of 278 things to do in Miami
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
More attraction details
Attraction details
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.
Tavernier, Florida
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Revisited and old friend-Vizcaya”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

I, regrettably, had not been back to Vizcaya for many, many years--and was sad to see this grand old dame so abused by Hurricane Wilma. Very few of the fountains and water features worked. Some of the marble flooring was uneven and showing signs of wear and tear. Even the security staff seemed worn out. On then other hand, the new orchid garden was lovely. The gift shop staff was welcoming, and items for sale were inventive and unique. And the outdoor cafe was charming. Better go to Vizcaya before another storm beats the baloney out of her, because it doesn't look like much money is being put into bringing her back to life.

Visited March 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

2,492 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    1,602
    730
    125
    30
    5
Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Greek first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Dayton, OH
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Beautiful Grounds and Astounding Home”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

I visited Vizcaya with my husband and 21-year old daughter during a recent trip to Miami. It was easy to get to, there was plenty of parking and about a 5 minute walk from the parking area to the estate. It was a very pleasant way to spend a few hours. We did not do the guided tour which starts at 11:30 but the self-guided tour brochure was more than adequate. The mansion is so impressive with European art and architecture -- you feel as if you are in a castle in Italy. The home has been beautifully maintained and the gardens are equally impressive. Deering was the VP of International Harvester -- we wondered what the home of the president looked like! All in all, we spent a very nice morning exploring Vizcaya and I would happily go back again.

Visited February 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Vero Beach, Florida, United States
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Vizcaya”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

I first went to Vizcaya as a young child, then as a teenager and as an adult. My great-uncle worked there for 52 years and proudly displayed his retirement plaque on his wall. He started as a water-boy, and stayed in landscaping his entire career. Back then, the grounds were much bigger, too! It is an awesome sight, and well worth the visit. Also, on a visit with my brother and his girlfriend and visiting friend from New York, he proposed to her there!

Visited July 2012
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Top Contributor
117 reviews 117 reviews
19 attraction reviews
Reviews in 49 cities Reviews in 49 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
“Treasure of art and architecture”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

We went with our architect friend who made this visit so much more interesting. The mansion is a showcase for Deering's art collection. This was the state of the art building for 1920's. The gardens are beautiful and I'm sure it you are there in nice weather, it would be even more enjoyable. The film in the 2nd story auditorium was not very interesting and just fluff. It could have given more information about the mansion. You can get $2 admission discount cards at hotel kiosks. Not all floors are handicap accessible.

Visited February 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
New Orleans
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“This place was amazing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

A manager in the restaurant/wine shop took the time to tell us about all of the places we should visit, drew a map, and was so nice. This place was definitely worth going to.

Visited June 2012
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Vizcaya Museum and Gardens also viewed

 

Been to Vizcaya Museum and Gardens? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.