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

1001 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139-5080
+1 305-672-2014
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Nice walking tour with some beatiful architecture and fun history!!

I had a great time taking the walking tour on Ocean Drive. Julie was a great hostess, and is very... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Chris C
Quality Tour

It was a nice day, the buildings were beautiful, and a tour guide was a knowledgeable and all... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jimmy C
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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 Welcome Center at 1001 Ocean Drive (at 10th Street) on the following schedule: Daily, Monday through Sunday at 10:30 am and every Thursday evening at 6:30 pm. You do not need to make advance reservations - simply arrive at the Art Deco Welcome Center within 10-15 minutes of the scheduled departure time in order to purchase your ticket. Tour ticket includes FREE admission to our Art Deco Museum at 1001 Ocean Drive.
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“in south beach” (95 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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1001 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139-5080
Flamingo / Lummus
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+1 305-672-2014
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I had a great time taking the walking tour on Ocean Drive. Julie was a great hostess, and is very knowledgeable about the community and its history. She carries some old photos to show key historic moments, and added some fun trivia! I will make...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a nice day, the buildings were beautiful, and a tour guide was a knowledgeable and all around pleasant guy which made the tour fun and enjoyable. The gift shop also had some quality items, so I would recommend giving it a look. The...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Once we decided we wanted to learn more about Art Deco we had to decide which tour to do. We're glad we selected the MDPL tour. It was first rate and, coupled with the accompanying museum tour (included in the tour fee), we walked away...More

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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 1 week ago

Hi Robert T, Thanks so much for your very kind review. It was great meeting you and I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed both the tour and the museum alike. We're glad you chose us and have recommended us to others. Thanks again for...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great tour you don’t want to miss. There is so much history involved in the structures of Miami. Our tour guide Melissa walked us through the decades of the different periods of architectural style in South Beach Miami. This is a tour...More

Thank Wendy C
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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 2 weeks ago

Dear Wendy C, Thank you for taking this tour with us and for your very kind review. Thanks also for acknowledging your tour guide, Melissa, who really does put her heart and soul into her tours. We're happy to hear that you found the tour...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great opportunity to explore history and art of the area, suits tourists, travelers and locals who don't yet know about this area of Miami. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and welcoming questions and suggested more information for learning after the tour. Just make sure you...More

Thank Таис Н
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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 2 weeks ago

Dear Таис Н, Thanks so much for taking the time to write and submit this review. We're happy to hear that your experience on our tour was a favorable one and one well suited for any number of audiences. You're mention of locals rings very...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great tour hosted by Melissa. We saw many interesting Art Deco spots varying from buildings, interiors and meaning of signs used in the terrazzo floors and paintings and learned some nice to know facts you wouldn’t know otherwise. Besides all historic information you’ll visit some...More

Thank Karin v
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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 3 weeks ago

Hi Karin v, Thanks so much for this great review. We're happy that you found your tour both fun and educational. Thanks also for mentioning Melissa, your tour guide, by name. She puts her heart and soul into her tours and it really shows. She...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I am so glad we took a walking tour the first day of our stop in south beach. Howard was a great tour guide and provided a lot of history and information about the area. In addition, he took around the area and described different...More

Thank Mookie B
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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 4 weeks ago

Dear Mookie B, Thank you for this very kind review and for complimenting your tour guide, Howard. You are right. Taking the walking tour early in your trip gives you the advantage of gaining area knowledge and an appreciation for things that you might have...More

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Reviewed July 8, 2018

If you're interested in learning about Miami Beach history, this tour is a wise experience. The history of the region -- and South Beach, in particular -- is explored through its rich Art Deco architecture. In roughly 2 hours time, you'll stroll outside (and on...More

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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 July 9, 2018

Dear susan j, Thanks so much for joining in our Art Deco Tour and for submitting this very kind review. It's fascinating how the buildings served as signs of the times and how they made Miami Beach what it is today. Not only is the...More

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Reviewed July 6, 2018 via mobile

We were looking for a fun and informative walking tour that wasn’t 4 hours since the heat and humidity is crazy. We picked the Art Deco Tour through MDPL that is 1 1/2 hours and done around noon. Our tour guide was very good and...More

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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 July 9, 2018

Hi Dino758, Thank you for taking the time to write and submit this very kind review. It sounds like the weather lived up to our "Tropical Art Deco" style and we hope that we were able to scout out enough shade and air conditioned interiors...More

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Reviewed June 22, 2018 via mobile

Had visited South Beach many times but first tour....our guide, Martin Jean, was knowledgeable, enthusiastic and informative and we now see the various hotels through new eyes with an understanding of what the Architects were trying to achieve...both in and outside of the buildings.....this is...More

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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 July 2, 2018

Dear John M, It was a pleasure meeting you on the tour. Thanks so much for submitting this positive review and for all your kind words. I agree that architects were quite clever in developing "Tropical Art Deco" as an adaptation specifically for this environment,...More

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Yes, we operate 365 days per year!
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We just went on the tour last week. The age for senior discount is 62+.
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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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