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“Great Overview of a unique Architectural Style...”

The Official Art Deco Walking Tour by the Miami Design Preservation League
Ranked #4 of 131 Tours in Miami Beach
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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.
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Atlanta, Georgia
Level 6 Contributor
141 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Great Overview of a unique Architectural Style...”
Reviewed March 5, 2014

The Official Art Deco tour sponsored by the Welcome Center was worth the 20 bucks. Our guide was entertaining, informative and appeared knowledgeable. He was a volunteer with the Miami Design Preservation League (a non-profit organization devoted to preserving, protecting, and promoting the cultural, social, economic, environmental and architectural integrity of the Miami Beach Architectural Historic District.) He did point out details one may have overlooked in the Art Deco movement. Don't go expecting a full blown art/architecture education in an hour and a half. Non-the-less the tour was entertaining and pleasurable.

Visited March 2014
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Gahanna, Ohio, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Tour-Great Review of History and Architecture of South Beach”
Reviewed March 4, 2014

Kent, our tour guide, did a great job. He took time to explain everything and even when a little longer on our tour. We had extra people which added to our time but did not distract from our enjoyment. When you are in South Beach, this is a worthwhile and engaging event that you must take in. Ask for Kent!

Visited February 2014
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Halifax, Canada
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“Great Tour in 2011 and 2014”
Reviewed March 3, 2014

Excellent guided walking tour. Lots of interesting stories about the buildings, plus history of the area to put everything in context. Previously took the tour in 2011. The district is so full of wonderful buildings that I was sure another tour with a different tour guide would be worthwhile, and it was. The gift shop at the Art Deco Welcome Center is fun.

Visited February 2014
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victoria,b.c.
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“walking tour of Art Deco and history of South Miami Beach a must do”
Reviewed March 2, 2014

We took the walking tour by Pamela, one of the excellent guides at the Miami Design Preservation League's Art Deco Welcome Centre. She gave not only descriptions of each building we walked to but a very interesting history at the beginning of the area of South Beach. So many tour bus drivers give rather 'loose' interpretations of the actual history of Miami without much factual background. Pamela took us to some little streets very close to our rental apartment which we had not discovered ourselves and took us inside to see the features of hotels and landmarks that we might not have otherwise seen. Highly recommend it and we only had to sign up the same morning.

Visited February 2014
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Boca Raton, Florida
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“More Than I Expected!”
Reviewed March 1, 2014

I love Art Deco but not being a "guided tour" person, it was much to my surprise that I found myself hanging onto to every word our guide said from the beginning to the end of the tour. Paula was engaging and offered an excellent presentation of the history, people involved and the buildings. I thought she may have been an actress at one time because of her style and delivery. From her I learned so much about this unique area. With this knowledge it was fun to explore more of the hotel lobbies on Ocean Drive after the tour.

Visited February 2014
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