- 2 hours (Approx.)
- Mobile ticket
Transport to the 1920s, 30s and beyond while your guide enlightens and entertains you with fascinating history of the pioneers, unlikely heroes, the rollercoaster boom-bust-boom periods, the rise of Art Deco architecture, the influence of the mob and Hollywood, and the transformation of this swampland to a tropical paradise. During your VIP small group tour, admire architecture on the outside and get exclusive access to select Art Deco buildings to appreciate the contemporary design and decor incorporated into the original interiors. We guarantee you'll walk away as Art Deco experts. Tour last 2 hours 10 minutes.
- All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included
- Informative, friendly and professional guide
- Tour is wheelchair accessible
- All taxes, fees and handling charges
- Professional guide
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Food and drinks
1. Essex House Hotel
2. The Wolfsonian Museum Shop
Valid from the time of first use, for the duration selected.
1440 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139, USA
This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Art Deco Historic District, Miami Beach, Florida
You will primarily walk outside throughout South Beach between 10th and 15th streets. The tour steps inside a few buildings to point out Art Deco and modern design and decor and other highlights. For private group tours, the tour can begin and end anywhere within the Art Deco district.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: South Beach, Miami Beach, Florida
Tour stops include the Versace mansion (the outside only), and Art Deco classics such as The Carlyle Hotel, The Tudor hotel, the 11th Street Diner and the Wolfsonian. Find out which of these buildings were backdrops for the Miami Vice scenes, and movies like the Birdcage with Robin Williams. Legend has it Capone ran his gambling syndicate from the 2nd floor of a small hotel also used in a film with Sylvester Stallone and Sharon Stone.
Duration: 1 hour
- 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 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
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Our recent Miami South Beach Art Deco Walking Tour hosted by James was both educational and entertaining. James provided a great background on the history and architecture of Miami Beach. We now look at buildings in Miami to see if they satisfy the three criteria for an Art Deco building.
Great walk with James Cubby. Interesting stuff. James took us to some great locations. Showed us how it was in the bad old days too.
Very much enjoyed our walking tour with James. Since it was our first trip to Miami Beach, it was a great quick introduction to the Art Deco architecture and history of the area. James was fun and entertaining and kept the tour moving at a quick pace. Bonus--his restaurant recommendation that night was perfect! Also went back the next day for a tour of the Wolfsonian, where the tour originates--great local museum.
A brief local history lesson and some art deco basics started our tour, and we hit the trail to check out a few sites in the Wolfsonian Museum, where our tour began, and then it was out on the streets to check out the iconic architecture of South Beach. (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.)Our guide, James, was very knowledgable not only about the architecture, but of South Florida and its background. Our group of four included three locals and an out-of-state visitor. All four of us — including the three locals who've lived here for decades (one is a SoFla native) — learned things about both. We were able to see not only the exteriors that became so famous on the "Miami Vice" TV show, but we also entered hotel lobbies and bar areas where small decorative details were noted and more of that tawdry history was explored.James was upbeat and engaging, keeping individual tour members (total of 10) involved. His attention to detail, whether it was the architecture or the tales of SoBo in its heyday and Mob involvement, was impressive and entertaining. There was much more interaction between guide and participants than I've encountered with similar tours. The two hours flew by in a walk that was fun, informative and well worth the price."Let's walk!"
James was the best tour guide we could have had! His in depth knowledge of Miami Beach history as well as Art Deco made the tour a delight. We didn't have a lot of knowledge of either the area or the architecture and we learned a lot as well as enjoying the beautiful morning walk.
The walking trip was excellent. James our guide was brilliant and brought his immense knowledge of the area to life. We had a brilliant time and couldn’t recommend it more highly a real must do!
We arrived late, darn Miami buses, but James and the group had stayed at the start point so thankfully we didn't miss any of the tour, only the history of South Beach and Art Deco. The tour itself was extremely interesting and James obviously knows his subject and is very passionate about it. I would recommend this tour to anybody, the walking isn't that far and is necessary to see the various buildings.
Educational tour learning about the history of South Beach and Art Deco.
Our guide was fabulous and gave us an entire history of Miamis development and how and why these buildings were constructed, neglected, and had a renaissance! He was so informative, and shared colorful tales of the area.
Before the tour: two teenagers 16 and 17 are so annoyed. Really Mom? Another walking tour?
Start of the tour: the two teenagers are sitting at the table with Mom, Dad and James, the tour guide, at the Wolfsonian Museum in Miami Beach. Within seconds they are completely captivated by James's beautiful narrative about the history of Miami/ Miami Beach. What a wonderful setting and atmosphere to start the tour... or should I say tale?
During the tour: eagerly we follow James through the Art Déco Historic District. One of the teenagers whispers into Mom's ear, I would love to have James as my history teacher. It is really fun, informative and interactive.
After the tour: now we know that it all started with the oranges. The name Julia Tuttle is branded in our brains forever. We understand that Miami is unlike other US cities and Miami Beach has managed throughout the past century to transform the many discontinuities into an unbelievable energy and individual effort to keep this setting alive. Thank you, James, for telling us this story along the lines of the Art Déco movement. The two teenagers acknowledge that this was not just another walking tour.
I thoroughly enjoyed this walking tour. My guide was James Cubby and he kept the tour interesting the entire time. If you have even a slight interest in architecture and design, I would not pass this up. It was probably the best part of my trip to Miami.
This walking tour of the art deco area of Miami Beach was wonderful. We learned so much about the history of the area from our tour guide. We now know how to identify true Art Deco architecture. We did have a little confusion at the beginning about where to meet as our confirmation indicated one place, but no one was there. A quick call to their office got us to the correct location which was just a block away.