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

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Address: 1001 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Phone Number: 305-763-8026
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Sponsored by the Miami Design Preservation League, the daily walking tours...

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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Great tour, expert guide.

We took the 10.30 tour with Howard. He shared a lot of information about geography, history and architecture of Miami Beach. There was plenty of room for questions and remarks... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We took the 10.30 tour with Howard. He shared a lot of information about geography, history and architecture of Miami Beach. There was plenty of room for questions and remarks, one can tell he knows what he is talking about.

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Richmond VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I took the Official Art Deco Walking Tour with Julie as our tour guide. She was so knowledgeable and had a very compelling way of sharing the history of Miami Beach and the Art Deco era with us. She also recommended other streets to visit if we wanted to see more Art Deco architecture. I highly recommend this tour and... More 

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Melbourne, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We thoroughly enjoyed this tour. It was so fun to learn about art deco architecture and understand the history of the area. We had the most amazing tour guide, Martin, who clearly had a passion for South Beach and really made the tour very informative and enjoyable. He not only showed us many buildings and famous sights, but also took... More 

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San Diego
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We signed up for the Gay and Lesbian Walking Tour. Our guide, Howard, had done quite a bit of research in this area but acknowledged that there wasn't much information about the LGBT community in early South Beach history. Still, he managed to not only fill us in on the available information, but also tailored the tour to include other... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We did the morning tour with Joel and had an awesome time! This is a great tour and a really cool way to see south beach in a new light. Joel was a spectacular tour guide and taught us so much about the area. Would definitely recommend this as a way to take a break from the beach!

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Ottershaw, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This tour really helps you to see the details, and to recognise what constitutes "Art Deco". Our guide John was good fun, and the walk took us to buildings that we would never have seen otherwise, as well as inside some beautiful hotels that we would not have known were worth visiting. Well worth doing.

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our guide John did a great job walking us through lots of interesting buildings. The tour starts on Ocean and takes in a few other streets. We even went in several hotels so John could point stuff out. Highly recommended.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The tour provides a good overview of the history of Miami Beach through the architecture and helps you to identify the different architectural styles, with art deco being the most prominent. It was fun. You may find there are a few buildings you want to return to. We went into the lobbies of two hotels, but others were pointed out... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

Very informative and interesting tour taking in the main seafront buildings and many of the backstreet buildings. Lots of useful tips of other buildings are areas to visit further afield. Museum also worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

We noted this on Trip Advisor and Ubered our way from downtown. Due to poor directions from our concierge, we got dropped off a few blocks out of the way. By the time we got to the ticket office a tour had left. no problems--a staff member waited for me to buy a hat at the gift shop and walked... More 

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