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“Must see attraction” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
3251 S Miami Ave, Miami, Florida 33129, Miami, FL 33129 (Coconut Grove)
305-250-9133
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Vizcaya Museum and Gardens with Transportation
Ranked #2 of 315 things to do in Miami
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Alexandria, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Must see attraction”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2010

If there is one place to visit in Miami other than the beach, go to Vizcaya. You could easily spend several hours here exploring the gardens and the mansion. I recommend taking the guided tour as James Deering collected some really amazing artifacts and it's neat to hear about them. Do not miss the orchid garden that is to the left of the house. I also was pleased to be able to try alcoholic fruit wines in the gift shop and bought a bottle of mango wine for the hotel room. For the ladies who are not married yet, check out this place! Talk about a house with a view...great place!

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Fort Worth, Texas
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“Absolutely Beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2010

The Gardens were very well maintained with beautiful views throughout. The Home itself was filled with mesmerizing ceilings and exquisite artifacts. It is an absolute must see for anyone in the area.

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Sunny Isles Beach, Florida
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“Toured the entire garden”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2010

I was here on a rainy day a month ago. Fireplaces everywhere the rooms are all theme based. Gardens are great

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Miami, Florida
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“Incredible to believe that an Italian villa-esque building is in Miami.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2010

Being a native to Miami, I'm always trying to find things to do here with historical value (seeing as Miami is lacking in evidence of the past in comparison to cities like New York and Boston). If you're a history buff, come to the Vizcaya! It's absolutely astounding to be walking around all those grand rooms and look outside to see the tropical gardens and bay right there. I've never experienced anything like it. The house is kept almost exactly as it was in the time of Deering, with original furniture, wallpapers, and tiles. The security personnel are surprisingly very informed about the history of the house and are willing to answer any of your questions.

I recommend to go in the fall and winter, when it's not so hot, though. Walking around the beautiful gardens in the heat and humidity of Miami is the most horrific experience ever. Believe me, to appreciate the outdoors, go when it's a bit cooler.

In conclusion, spend an hour or so in the house and gardens walking around and appreciating all the historical innovations of the time... an elevator leading to the pool, a dumbwaiter, electrical switches... you name it, he had it. And don't forget the gardens which are absolutely gorgeous. Sit by the bay on the rock steps and just enjoy what life was like back then. You won't regret your visit to the Vizcaya.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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“Great way to spend an afternoon”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2010

My daughter and I had a half day to kill in Miami between flights and we decided to visit Vizcaya. The house, the gardens, the location, the tour were all great. Even in 90+ degree weather we had a good time and highly recommend this attraction.

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