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“Revisited and old friend-Vizcaya”

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
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Ranked #1 of 347 things to do in Miami
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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.
Tavernier, Florida
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26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Revisited and old friend-Vizcaya”
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
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Dayton, OH
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Beautiful Grounds and Astounding Home”
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
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Vero Beach, Florida, United States
2 reviews
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
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Santa Ana, California
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21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Treasure of art and architecture”
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
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New Orleans
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“This place was amazing”
Reviewed March 8, 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
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