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“Lois is one of the worst guides I have ever had. I didn't learn much about Art Deco nor the neighbourhood”

The Official Art Deco Walking Tour by the Miami Design Preservation League
Ranked #4 of 135 Tours in Miami Beach
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed November 18, 2013

I had taken the Mimo Tour the day before and it was delightful and informative.
The art deco tour led by Lois was terrible.
She spent most of her energy telling us about which hotel was owned by which celebrity and which hotels had been used as sets for hollywood films.
Given that this was an Art Deco walking tour I was thoroughly surprised by how poor it was. I am sure that Lois has received excellent training, maybe she just needs some pointers on which pieces to share or not. Very very frustrating.

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mdpl76, Public Relations Manager at The Official Art Deco Walking Tour by the Miami Design Preservation League, responded to this reviewResponded November 25, 2013

First, we apologize that you did not enjoy your experience.

Second, Lois receives regular requests, rave reviews and praise for her tours. She is a highly knowledgable guide that gives a full, interesting tour about the architecture and history of the Art Deco Historic District. In fact, our Tour Manager considers her one of our best guides. Furthermore, we received feedback from other guests on this same tour that couldn't say enough great things about the tour. We have all been on her tours and she accurately gives a grand overview of the architecture of the buildings and a wonderful history of Miami Beach with few (if any) celebrity references.

We are sorry that you did not feel the same way. We can offer you a tour of the district with a different guide if you would like. We would love for you to explore the district and enjoy your experience with us.

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Reviewed November 12, 2013

My top priority while in Miami was to see art deco architecture and have it explained by an expert. The guide at the Miami Design Preservation League, who took us on the tour (Martin Jean), fit the bill precisely. We learned the three key types of architecture on South Beach and by the end could describe their key elements ourselves. He showed us many important buildings, both from the outside and the inside. His delivery of this information was in bite-sized pieces that were just enough to chew over, with plenty of substance. I took the tour with two other college professors and the three of us agreed: the tour was terrific for what it showed, how it was described, and how thoroughly we understood the content afterward.

Take. This. Tour!

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Reviewed November 11, 2013

My wife and I recently went on the Miami Design Preservation League Walking Tour. This particular tour was led by Howard and focused on the Jewish aspects of Miami Beach. The tour was primarily focused on the SoFi (South of Fifth) are of South Beach. It was a really interesting tour and Howard was very knowledgeable about the Jewish connections, history and evolution of Miami Beach. Would definitely recommend to others!

Thank rdelman
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Reviewed November 1, 2013

My in-laws, my husband, and I took the Official Art Deco Walking Tour (Miami Design Preservation League) - and we LOVED it. The enrichment of my sense of place and of the richness of the history and culture on what at first glance seems to be a pretty beach locale was remarkable. Kent, our tour guide, was full of anecdotes that brought the surroundings to life - you could imagine the post-war vacationing couples, the riots of the not-too-distant past, and the juxtaposition and interactions of cultures. Highly recommended!

Thank Hannah D
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Reviewed November 1, 2013

Great tour for those interested in 20th century architecture in Miami. Our guide, Kenn Finkel, is very knowledgeable and pointed out how close we were to losing this wonderful collection of Art Deco buildings. While the tour is advertised as 90 minutes, Kenn's tours lasted 2 hours but never felt too long. We even followed up on his suggestions to view the interiors of some of the building on the tour. Highly recommend.

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