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Miami South Beach Art Deco Walking Tour

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Miami Beach, United States

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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Overview

See the gorgeous Art Deco architecture in South Beach on a guided walking tour that explores landmark buildings and out-of-the-way gems. You’ll learn the history of South Beach as you walk through the ocean-side neighborhood, with fascinating stories about mob life, Hollywood glamour, and modern design, and you'll hear about the area's outrageous characters and scandals. Since this tour begins and ends in the heart of South Beach, it’s a great way to get oriented in one of Miami’s most vibrant neighborhoods, with a local guide to lead the way.
  • Walking tour through South Beach's Art Deco highlights
  • See Versace's over-the-top mansion
  • Learn about the distinctive, local take on Art Deco
  • Take in the neighborhood from street level
  • Find out how South Beach was created from a tropical swamp
  • Includes stops at beloved film sites
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Departure Point

Essex House Hotel, 1001 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139, USA

Return Details

1440 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139, USA
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for child aged 5 and under
  • Please know traffic is heavy and parking is limited after 12pm on Fridays, weekends and holidays. If you are driving into South Beach please allot additional 45 minutes to enter South Beach and locate parking as some garages may be full and you will need to drive around to locate street parking. ALSO please check traffic advisory on Internet for any traffic delays.
  • Tour continues in rain or shine (except for Hurricanes Watches or Warnings). In the event of rain, we keep you indoors most of the time. Be sure to carry an umbrella or rain poncho to walk in between buildings. Statistically, rain showers do not last more than 20 minutes.
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Art Deco & Little Havana Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Miami South Beach Art Deco Walking Tour?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Miami South Beach Art Deco Walking Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Miami South Beach Art Deco Walking Tour?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Miami South Beach Art Deco Walking Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Miami South Beach Art Deco Walking Tour?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Miami South Beach Art Deco Walking Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Miami South Beach Art Deco Walking Tour?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Miami South Beach Art Deco Walking Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Miami South Beach Art Deco Walking Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Miami South Beach Art Deco Walking Tour.

Traveler Tips


  • "Side note: if your tour starts at the Wolfsonian, plan to spend some time checking out its impressive collection before or after your tour, as well." See review
  • "Dry knowledgeable and patient answering all Questions highly recommend this tour" See review
  • "I would recommend this tour to anybody, the walking isn't that far and is necessary to see the various buildings." See review

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Deco South Beach
William_W
, Jan 2021
James was very informative and laid out the parameters of ArtDeco in a succinct manner. The 2 hour walk was just right
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star-5
Great way to learn a little history and get a little exercise at the same time.
Steve_L
, Jan 2021
Very informative! Enjoined the tour and would recommend. The tour guide kept the tour fun and exciting.
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Good foundation, but there is room for improvement
Elizabeth_D
, Jan 2021
This tour had some great things going for it; James was very knowledgeable, and I truly learned a lot about art deco, which was my main reason for coming on the tour. However, I have a few suggestions for improvement. Firstly, Miami Beach is very noisy, but the guide made no effort to work around this, so it was often hard to hear him. He didn't use a portable microphone or move us to quiet spots frequently enough. For example, he mentioned that they typically start the tour inside a hotel lobby, but that this lobby was closed due to COVID, so he gave his 15-minute introduction on a riotous intersection where half the attendees couldn't hear him. This was poorly planned. Why not start the tour in a quieter location, even if not the original one? Then, too, the tour became a little redundant at times. After two hours, our attention was drawn again and again to the same features on different buildings: symmetry, rule of three, etc. Why not add variety and points of interest by providing more amusing anecdotes or historical facts? No one wants to hear "See the symmetry?" and "This is the original terrazzo" on repeat, but it'd be great to get more dishy stories about celebrities, crime, prohibition, and more. My suggestion is: if you are out of new anecdotes, cut the tour to less than two hours, which is about the maximum amount of time most people can focus on sheer architectural features.
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An historical and architectural tour de force
Paula_L
, Jan 2021
James has an amazing knowledge of South Beach, history, and architecture. His great storytelling abilities really brought to life all that the area had to offer. Near the end of the tour, the narrative got a bit repetitive. But overall, the tour was well worth the time and money.
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The tour is all about the tour guide
Lynn_T
, Jan 2021
James was a wonderful tour guide. The best parts were his stories & Art Deco knowledge & access to areas we would have never found on our own.
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Our group enjoyed listening to James as he shared key historical and humorous information
Nicholas_G
, Jan 2021
James was a great tour guide. He showed up on time, provided a lot of information and kept us entertained the entire tour
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Amazing knowledgeable walking tour!
Victoria_P
, Dec 2020
James was so nice and knowledgeable! The walk flew by even though it was 2 hours! We learned so much! We loved how he used personal experiences as well as history to tell us stories about Miami Beach! We spent the rest of our trip looking for Art Deco buildings! We recommend this trip to anyone visiting Miami!
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Outstanding
Kasie_c
, Dec 2020
James was an outstanding guide!! Wonderful tour in every way, he knew Miami beach so well! We learned about architecture on this tour but we also learned the history of South Beach and James presented it all in an engaging and entertaining way!
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Outstanding host and incredibly insightful tour
Julian
, Dec 2020
James was a terrific tour guide, super passionate and knowledgeable. The tour weaves you in and out of amazing Art Deco buildings, including lobbies and rooftops. There are great photo taking opportunities but it’s the nuggets of info and anecdotal stories that are most memorable. You leave far smarter than you came and enthralled by the architectural gem that is Miami Beach.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2021
Thank you Julian for such an eloquent and detailed review of your experience on the Art Deco Walking Tour in South Beach. You've covered everything. Have a great New Year!
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Highly Recommend
Mike
, Nov 2020
James was fantastic! Super knowledgeable and we learned a lot about South Beach history and he threw in great detail of his own personal experience after living here for 25 years.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Hello Mike Thank you for sharing your experience with James on the Art Deco Walking Tour. His knowledge is abounding and personal anecdotes lends to that authenticity for a front seat to history. Be sure to check our our Little Havana Tours for a cultural experience. All the best
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