[ ART DECO WEEKEND 2014 ]
Art Deco Tours
MDPL's GUIDED WALKING TOURS are a great way to get a look at the Nationally Registered ART DECO HISTORIC DISTRIC and its architecture —
Art Deco, Mediterranean Revival and Miami Modern.
Our tours are led by knowledgable local architects, preservationists and historians.
ALL TOURS ARE APPROXIMATELY 90 MINUTES
Times are subject to change, so please check at the Tour Booth
during the festival to confirm time.
ONLINE SALES WILL OPEN IN FALL OF 2013.
You can purchase tickets at the TOUR BOOTH AT 10th Street and Ocean Drive.
Unless otherwise listed, all tours depart from the tour booth.
OFFICIAL ART DECO WALKING TOUR/ OCEAN DRIVE TOUR
An introduction to the architectural styles found within the Miami Beach Architectural Historic District. Explore hotels, restaurants, and other commercial structures, both inside and outside.
Explores the Art Deco District through the lens of organized crime and other infamous acts of scandal, murder and mayhem.
COCKTAILS WITH A TWIST TOUR
“The Original Miami Beach Cocktail Tour” celebrates its fifth annual cocktail tour – stopping at three historic bars/ lounges – this tour combines a traditional “pub crawl” with surprise performances and engaging commentary covering history and architecture.
(This is a ticketed event — $30 per person and limited to 25 attendees.The price of the tour includes limited free beverages.)
COACH TOUR - ART DECO & MIMO
“Art Deco to Miami Modernism” - Hop on board for a 90 minute guided tour beginning at the Wolfsonian-FIU Museum (10th Street and Washington Avenue). We travel north along Washington Avenue through Collins Avenue with historic sightings of the world’s largest collection of buildings and hotels of Art Deco architecture, of the 1930’s and 1940’s and continue through the unique Miami Modern architecture of the 1950’s and 1960’s better known as MiMo, which was a popular response to the various modernist and post WWII architectural movement and along with a visit to the world renowned Fontainebleau Hotel designed by Morris Lapidus, Internationally renowned architect.
GAY & LESBIAN TOUR
All about the contributions of Gay men and Lesbians to the history and future of Miami Beach and the preservation of its architectural gems. We’ll also show you to some of the HOT SPOTS of gay life in South Beach.
LINCOLN ROAD REINVENTED - YET AGAIN!
In the 1920s, Carl Fisher's "5th Avenue of the South" label put Lincoln Road on the national map. Later, in the late '50s, Lincoln Road became Lincoln Road Mall when famed architect Morris Lapidus (Foutainbleau and Eden Roc Hotels) redesigned the "road," transforming it into a pedestrian walkway. Lincoln Road Mall has continued to evolve as it entered the 21st Century, with many internationally acclaimed architectural additions alongside the existing Art Deco and Mid-Century buildings & structures. This personal tour describes and explains all the creative developments. TOUR DEPARTS FROM THE NEW WORLD SYMPHONY BOX OFFICE AT WASHINGTON AVENUE AND 17TH STREET.
JEWISH MIAMI BEACH TOUR
Explore the rise and fall of the Jewish population of Miami Beach throughout the past 100 years ... including a look at the impact of selected key Jewish individuals and institutions, plus an overview of architectural styles in the southernmost part of the city. TOUR DEPARTS FROM THE JEWISH MUSEUM OF FLORIDA, 301 WASHINGTON AVENUE.
DECO NIGHTS AND NEON LIGHTS TOUR
The Art Deco buildings of Miami Beach come alive after sunset and the lights go on!Neon lights have always been associated with the city's glamour and excitement ... learn about the history of neon, its rise, its fall, its resurgence. Inside some of the hotels you will also see some of the world's finest Art Deco lamps and light fixtures.
SOUTH OF 10TH STREET ART DECO WALKING TOUR
Some of the world's most fabulous Art Deco Hotels are located on Ocean Drive, south of 10th Street, including the most photographed Colony,
Breakwater, and Park Central hotels. You will visit spectacular terrazzo lobbies, including the one where Art Deco meets Austin Powers.
ESPANOLA, COLONY and de MEURON
Explore Miami Beach’s 1920s-style Spanish village (Espanola Way), the recently restored 1935 Art Deco Colony Theater on Lincoln Road, and the newly iconic 1111 architectural marvel at the corner of Lincoln Road and Alton Road, designed by the internationally acclaimed Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron. Upon its completion, 1111 became immediately known for world class shopping, dining, and the most visually stunning automotive parking ever seen.