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Review of Deering Estate

Deering Estate
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Ranked #30 of 352 things to do in Miami
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Deering Estate is a Miami-Dade County Park and a 444-acre natural and archeological preserve and historic site listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It serves as a center for education, culture and recreation. Historic house tours are offered daily at 10:30 am and 3:00 pm. Natural areas tours are offered daily at 12:30 pm (October - May). The Historic House Tours and Natural Areas Tour are included with Estate admission: $12 for adults & $7 for children (ages 4-14).
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed July 13, 2012

The Deering property is a gem. It is almost always a peaceful and restful experience. The property is so infrequently visited you might think it a secret. Even those living here have not a clue where it is and what it is.
Two old style historic homes sit on this waterfront property. Absolutley nothing glitzy, this is the most serene place in all of Miami. On a good day (weekday) you might be the only visitor on the property. That’s special. Barnacle House in Coconut Grove has some similarities, but doesn’t shine a candle to the Deering property.
You learn some history about the original owner, Charles Deeering. Charles’s brother built Vizcaya, the very opulent over the top mansion nearer downtown—far more popular and a very busy place located next to downtown Miami. The Deering property is located in Palmetto Bay, south of the City of Miami, Coral Gables and Pinecrest.
Be prepared to sit on the front porch of the two houses to take in the amazing beauty of the place. It is waterfront heaven. There are no concessions here. You don’t come here looking for a gift shop. There are restrictions as to the kinds of activities you can enjoy while visiting. For example, no you don’t bring a Frisbee or a ball. There is an enormous front lawn on which you can picnic and where young ones can run and play. I would recommend your planning a picnic: bring a small cooler with lunch, and a blanket. They also have picnic tables under the gigantic Royal Palms. Children might enjoy wandering through the two houses but be forewarned, the children may be bored. With only the top floor of each house closed off, you can walk through the houses and get a feel for what life would be like if the place were your’s. Take Old Cutler Road to SW 168th Street (Palmetto Bay)—worth the drive.

Visited July 2012
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Miami, Florida
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“For a day outdoors with a touch of history.”
Reviewed June 11, 2012 via mobile

The grounds are beautiful, as is the view of the ocean. You'll learn a bit about Miami history along the way. There's also an artist area near the house that's always interesting.

Thank Krysmarie3
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Miami, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
136 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Historic Old Florida, spectacular views”
Reviewed June 8, 2012

This is another great place to take out of town guests. Not only do you experience some Florida history but kayak tours, cycling tours and classes are also offered. In the summer months it can get hot so be prepared to dress lightly and use mosquito repellant. the views are worth it. It's lovely!

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Cutler Ridge, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“History in South Dade”
Reviewed May 12, 2012

Great place....a lot of history! Two houses, wine cellar,and trails to explore and learn about.

Visited March 2012
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Miami, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
48 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“One of the great attractions in Miami”
Reviewed May 12, 2012

It is off the beaten path but it is worth the trip. I live nearby and I have been to concerts there which were lovely. I recently went to a memorial service for a dear friend which was held there and it was a moving experience, the grounds are lovely and the lawn going down to the bay is inspiring. Seagulls and frigate birds fly overhead and you have a sense of the naturific side of Florida.The mansion is lovely and you go back in timewhile walklng through the house and the gardens. Once a month there are moonlight kayak trips.. a must do for the adventurous!

Visited June 2011
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