By Daniela Ortega, Contributing Reporter
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – The Art Deco Tours in South Beach take you back to the 1920’s and 30’s and all the way to the 70’s and 80’s to explore the city’s rich, yet largely unknown history. The tours focus on architecture, design and ‘fascinating historical occurrences.’
The tour costs $30 per person and lasts about two hours and starts daily at 10AM, 1PM and 4PM in different South beach location. The Art Deco Tours only accept ten guests per session, allowing the tour to enter more exclusive locations, like certain hotel lobbies, and give a more personalized experience, like a trusted friend is showing you around town.
Miami Beach is only 105 years old; however, a lot has happened in that short lifespan for a city. Locals have been known to be pleasantly surprised and overheard saying, “I thought I knew a lot about my city and surprised to learn more.”
A recent review reads, “We had a wonderful walking tour through the streets of South Beach. The history was fascinating and very well presented. It is probably not the best choice for young children but for anyone interested in architecture and the rich history of this area, it is highly recommended.”
The Art Deco Cocktail Tour is another boutique tour experience they offer Thursdays through Sundays. This is a more relaxed version of the tours which includes cocktails at fabulous Art Deco hotel bars, while you “hear fascinating stories about history, unlikely heroes, the influence of the mob and Hollywood, about the rise of Art Deco.”
Christine Michaels, Hispanic female entrepreneur in Miami Beach, and owner of Art Deco Tours, described the experience as “A great way to sightsee, learn about the history, Art Deco and cocktails all at once. It’s a great activity to do before dinner.”
The Cocktails Tour departs at 4PM (Nov 1- Apr 30), and at 5PM (May 1 – Oct 31), from the Front Porch Café at 1458 Ocean Drive. The admission fee is $65, and it is a five block leisurely walk for about three hours.
Another recent review on Trip Advisor reads “I’ve lived in Miami for over a year and had family in town, so we were trying to find different fun things to do. […] It was a great (and not boring) history lesson for a very small group.”
As Michaels shares, “You know the saying ‘If only these walls could talk,’ well on the Art Deco walking tour, the walls do talk!”