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The Official Art Deco Walking Tour by the Miami Design Preservation League

1001 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139-5080
+1 305-672-2014
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Informative and Fun

The tour takes about 90 minutes and our guide Martin was very knowledgeable. He used a microphone... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
sarahNewYork_NY
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New York, NY
Fun and informative

Enjoyed this reasonably priced ($20) tour. Martin was knowledgeable and witty in his presentation... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Susan C
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Fanwood, New Jersey
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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.
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“art deco” (241 reviews)
“in south beach” (92 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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1001 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139-5080
Flamingo / Lummus
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+1 305-672-2014

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Reviewed 6 days ago

The tour takes about 90 minutes and our guide Martin was very knowledgeable. He used a microphone so we could hear him. The tour focuses on the hotels and he also gave a good summary of the history of Miami Beach. We made two stops...More

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Martin J, Guest Relations Manager at The Official Art Deco Walking Tour by the Miami Design Preservation League, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Dear sarahNewYork_NY, Thank you for submitting this review of the tour you took with us. It was a pleasure meeting you and I thank you for your kind words. My hope is that others find the snapshot of the tour you provided to be helpful....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyed this reasonably priced ($20) tour. Martin was knowledgeable and witty in his presentation throughout the 1.5 hour tour. He explained the history and design esthetic of South Beach. He even brought us into some beautiful hotel lobbies. The cost of the tour also allows...More

Thank Susan C
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Martin J, Guest Relations Manager at The Official Art Deco Walking Tour by the Miami Design Preservation League, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Dear Susan C, It was a pleasure meeting you on this tour. Thank you for sharing you experience in taking the tour and for all your kind words. We never tire of showcasing our city and thank you for including us in your plans. Best,...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Friends told use about this tour and we are so glad they did. It is not easy to find on Trip Advisor and should not be confused with the commercial, for profit tours. The guides are local residence with extensive knowledge of the area and...More

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Martin J, Guest Relations Manager at The Official Art Deco Walking Tour by the Miami Design Preservation League, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi Daniel A, On behalf of Julie and all of us here at the League, thanks so much for this positive review. Our hope is that your snapshot of the tour experience you had with us will be helpful to others. Thank you for including...More

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The Miami Design Preservation League provides an excellent Art Deco tour. Our guide, Martin, was very knowledgeable with the Art Deco movement in history as well as the history of Miami Beach.More

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Martin J, Guest Relations Manager at The Official Art Deco Walking Tour by the Miami Design Preservation League, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Dear Judy H, Thank you for taking the time to write and submit this review. It was a pleasure meeting you on the tour and I truly appreciate all your kind words. As with all our guides, I never tire of showing off our city...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were strolling by the Art Deco Visitor Center and decided to take the tour on a whim. We are so glad we did! We were lucky to have Julie as our fearless leader, she was full of knowledge about the architecture and the city...More

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Martin J, Guest Relations Manager at The Official Art Deco Walking Tour by the Miami Design Preservation League, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Dear SarahK3, We're so happy to have you count yourself among "Art Deco Nerds." Thank you for your shout out to Julie and all your kind words. It sounds like your tour was a memorable one and that you developed an eye for features that...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Julie's MDPL tour of the original Miami Beach street, Lincoln Rd is just the right blend of history and buildings; the history only dropped in at relevant points and a huge array of commercial buildings and hotels. Wonderful in every respect the best Art Deco...More

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Martin J, Guest Relations Manager at The Official Art Deco Walking Tour by the Miami Design Preservation League, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Dear PermaForenner, Thank you for taking the time to write and submit this review. Thanks also for recognizing Julie as a gifted tour guide. She truly is. We're happy to hear that your tour experience included a balance of history, architecture, and the evolution of...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This tour was the first thing we did when we arrived and it was a great introduction to Miami Beach.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Martin was the BEST tour guide of the Miami Art Deco neighborhood. i would ask for him if you're booking a tour. I'm a tour guide myself in LA and I could only hope to be as knowledgeable as he is.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was so interesting and informative. You'll learn so much about the area from the 20's through the Miami Vice era but focus on the Art Deco and MiMo eras. Must do!More

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Martin J, Guest Relations Manager at The Official Art Deco Walking Tour by the Miami Design Preservation League, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear mfm02, Thank you for your "wonderful" review. You are right. South Beach is layered with many forms of architecture that take you through the decades. It makes for a nice way to learn about the history and corresponding architecture of the area. We're happy...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our tour guide, Julie was fantastic. She gave us lots of history within which we could put the architecture in context. She was very enthusiastic-never a dull moment.More

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Martin J, Guest Relations Manager at The Official Art Deco Walking Tour by the Miami Design Preservation League, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear reisenoft, Thanks so much for complimenting Julie on a great tour. It does make the experience more memorable once you discover the connections that explain how our young city has evolved. I'm happy to hear that Julie paved the way to a fun tour...More

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Rowdy-47
8 February 2017|
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Response from Jimbski | Reviewed this property |
The tour is 1.5 to 2 hours. There are a few stops where rest rooms are available. The tour is wheel chair accessible.
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nancyram
20 February 2016|
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Response from lonestartravels | Reviewed this property |
I don't know if either tour guide spoke Spanish on my tour date. I did not see anything written about Spanish tours even available. Sorry that I was not able to answer your question.
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We viewed between 12 - 15 outside and went into 4 - all of which were beautiful
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