Art Deco Miami Tours

Walking Tours, Biking Tours, Food and Culture Tours...
Miami Art Deco District Ocean Drive

Here are some of the top ways to explore this faboulous part of town, whether you're up to a leisurely walk or a fun ride on a segway, we got you covered:


The Official Art Deco District Guided Tour by the Miami Design Preservation League

Art Deco Guided Walking Tour

Tours conveniently depart from the Art Deco Welcome Center on Ocean Drive, right in the heart of the district and are led by architects and historians (mostly volunteers) that have an obvious passion for our city's revival and design trends, past, present and future.

You get to explore the different styles found throughout the District, including the interior of buildings representative of such styles and trends. The tour lasts 90 minutes, bring drinking water and sun protection, specially in the summer months.

When?: Every Day at 10:30 a.m., additional evening tour on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.
Where?: Meet at the Art Deco Welcome Center, some 10-15 minutes before the tour: 1001 Ocean Drive - 10th Street and Ocean Drive
How Much?: Adults $25, Students, Veterans and Seniors $20
Reservations are not required you can simply show up.

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The MDPL Art Deco Self-Guided Audio Tour

Art Deco Self-Guided Walking Tour

Also an official walking tour offered by the MDPL. You get a pre-recorded tour on an ipod nano, how cool is that, and a map pointing out the route and 14 stops of interest.

We really like this option as you get to go at your own pace and take little detours for a refreshment here, window shopping, people watching, lunch in between, or even a dip in the water to cool off.

They recommend taking a minimum of 90 minutes to complete the round. We took a detour and walked further north towards Española Way where we stopped for lunch, then on a bit futher to the Lincoln Road Shops and then "rejoined" the tour again.

Although having your own expert guiding the way is probably best for the real design and architecture lovers out there, I found this self-guided tour quite practical, full of information, more than some people might need actually, and really enjoyed the flexibility.

You start your tour at the Art Deco Welcome Center where you pick up the map and ipod. You will need to leave some ID as "deposit" which will be returned when you bring the ipod back.

I also recommend taking some time before you set off exploring to read and study the map and information you receive, specially the "Selected Glossary of Art Deco Terms" on the pamphlet which gives you a very good introduction of what to look for as you walk around.

When?: Every Day from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Where?: Pick up your ipod and map at the Art Deco Welcome Center: 1001 Ocean Drive - 10th Street and Ocean Drive
How Much?: $20, Seniors and Students $15
Languages available: English, Spanish, German and French

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DIY Art Deco District Tour

Art Deco Guided Walking Tour

How about just a nice leisurely walk at your own pace to enjoy some of the beautiful art deco buildings? Check out our DIY Art Deco District Walk, it is like strolling on an open air museum you can take as little or as long as you wish. The district is a compact area where you can find some fine examples of Art Deco.

The simple DIY walking tour will take you first through the properties along Ocean Drive north of the Welcome Center, then head inland to take a look at the gems on Washington and Collins Avenues, and finally circle back to Ocean Drive and the art deco buildings south of the Welcome center where the walk ends.

There are pictures and a handy map, enjoy!

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Wheeling Around: Two Hour Art Deco Bike Tour

Miami Art Deco Biking Tour

This one is a lot of fun, not only a great introduction to the Art Deco District but also the main highlights of Miami Beach while enjoying the outdoors and the city's most spectacular views with stops at some of the favorite local hangouts.

The tour lasts approximately two hours and you ride approximately 5 miles (9 km) A great easy ride that starts in the heart of the Art Deco District, these are some of the highlights you will pass along the way:

  • The Art Deco District
  • Casa Casuarina (Versace Mansion)
  • Lincoln Road
  • The Holocaust Memorial
  • The Botanical Gardens
  • Nikki Beach
  • Monty's
  • South Pointe Park

This tour gives you a broad overview of the Art Deco District, some interesting facts but no in-depth coverage as the MDPL tours above. But it is definitely a fun way to get your bearings and cover a little more of the area. Fun for all ages and fitness levels, an easy ride.

When?: Every Day at 10:00 am
Where?: Starts and ends in the heart of South Beach at 210 10th Street (10th & Collins) South Beach, FL 33139
How Much?: $ 40
What's included?: Bike, Helmet and Professional Guide

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Glide in Style: The South Beach Art Deco Segway Tour

South Beach Segway Tour

You start with a 30 minute orientation which will teach you all you need to know about maneuvering a segway, then you're off to explore the retro fabulous Art Deco scene, the beaches, the trendy bars and the beautiful people...

The tour lasts approximately two-and-a-half to three hours and covers the highlights of South Beach including the Art Deco District, Ocean Drive, the Bass Museum of Art, the Holocaust Memorial, Versace Mansion, Lincoln Road Mall... You certainly cover a lot more area with this tour in a short time and is a great way to sightsee.

We took this tour, you can see what to expect here, it was our first time on a Segway and a fantastic time.

When?: Every Day 10:00 am, 2:00 pm, times may vary depending on time of the year
Distance: Approx. 5 miles (9 km)
Where?: Starts and ends in the heart of South Beach at 210 10th Street (10th & Collins) South Beach, FL 33139
Who?: Segway participants must be at least 12 years old and 100-260 lbs (45 kg-117 kg), not suitable for pregnant women.
How Much?: $69
What's included?: Segway rental and helmet, 30-minute orientation session, Professional Guide

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Food Tasting and Art Deco District Walking Tour

Art Deco Walking Tour and food tasting empanadas

This is a great and fun way to enjoy two of South Beach's top attractions: the iconic styles of the Art Deco District and the many fascinating cuisines that this melting pot of cultures offers.

You start by walking through the historical and architectural highlights of the District with a small group and guides that share their knowledge and contagious enthusiasm for this corner of Miami.

And along the way, you also get a chance to try the different flavors of the area, there are some five stops at locally owned restaurants that will give you more than a taste of the region and mesh of cultures. Try some Cuban, Argentinian, Brazilian, Mediterranean, Ice Cream French Miamian fare!

It's definitely good value for money, and if you don't know your empanadas from your patacones, this tour is the perfect introduction so you can explore the many restaurants and kitchens later on during your stay.

When?: Every Day 12:00 noon and 5:00 pm, times may vary depending on time of the year
Distance: Approx. 1.5 miles
Where?: Meet at David's Cafe at 919 Alton Road, Miami Beach, Fl 33139
Who?: At least two people are required for this tour. This tour is wheelchair accesible
How Much?: $57
What's included?: Guide and food tasting at 5 locally-owned restaurants

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