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“Art Deco Waliking Tour - really good”

Art Deco Walking Tour
Ranked #5 of 126 Tours in Miami Beach
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Take the #1 walking tour in South Beach with the most popular tour guides in the district. Art Deco Tours, Inc., Will enlighten and entertain you with fascinating facts and stories. Two hours will fly by fast. Stroll along Ocean Drive and learn about the history, the unlikely hero who saved the Art Deco buildings, the role of Miami Vice and Hollywood and other pop culture. You'll admire the architecture from the outside and design & decor on the inside. No bumping elbows in a packed group. Daily small group tours (max 8-9 people) are offered several times a day. Or get the VIP treatment with a private tour with exclusive access to select buildings not permitted to large groups. Your guides will keep you engaged with lively conversation and trivia! Enrich your visit and learn about the culture, history and architecture of South Beach beyond the beaches! Price starts at $30 per person
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“Art Deco Waliking Tour - really good”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2014

We would support everything positive that other reviewers have said....knowledgeable and relaxed (fun) guides, a small group which gave us access to all the interesting indoor deco sites, and a great idea to follow up with an e-mail describing (and picturing) what we had seen. If you are even only vaguely interested in Art Deco architecture, take this tour.

Visited April 2014
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“Friendly and small”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2014

Liked the small group and friendly guide. He shared interesting trivia and I loved going into hotels and even rooftops for a special view. Easy paced he said he was passionate about the area but I didn't get that feeling though he was friendly and gave us good pointers on dining and drinking.

Visited April 2014
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“close & personal ...everything you'll ever need for ART DECO !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2014

I had to convince my husband to take this tour- I ALWAYS RESEARCH MY TRIPS and use TA for my base of tours and places to go...wanted to take this tour - and on our walk along Ocean Drive in SoBe , we past who I thought was Christine of Art Deco Tours with what was a small grp - 9 total & also past several larger grps from the preservative society tours too...so in the shade I call Christine's' # that I had on my 'research papers' in my purse in in 2 hours - had book a tour for 1pm that same day, after Christine return my call within 20 min !

couldn't get her but had James instead and he was awesome in his LOVE & knowledge of art deco ( almost a private tour with just the 2 of us and 1 friend/local of James ) ..cool to be able to go INSIDE the historical bldgs and check out all of the art deco details - 1. simplicity to details, 2. 3's/thirds 3. circles/nautical and plane themes 'all new at THOSE DAYS of the 1940's - rooftops patios that James said was open to the public but little known ...+ we at look lots of "floors detailing - leading to the gambling/prohibition rooms ! "

So glad ,we took the tour earlier in our stay at SoBe because post tour, EVERYWHERE we went , we try to point out art deco details and stare at all of the floors and even venture inside many other hotels not on tour - James and his friend even gave us tips/hints to local nightclubs and lounges for us to go to and even places to eat ! ( which only confirm my husbands research that nightclubs are for the young at heart 20'30's and start very late at night ! 11pm -5am ! ) we're in our 50's and opted out but did visit the 'Clevelander' at night ! and peek into 'Mango's' too.

WOULD DEFINITELY recommend this small group setting..especially if you like history and architecture and walking for 2 hrs ( springtime was pleasant weather , not so sure in mid summer with 80% humidity and T in 100's? ) but lots of opportunities to GET INSIDE THE HOTELS ( with AC )with a smaller group - not sure if you can get this with larger groups though?

Visited April 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“Great tour, informative and friendly”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2014 via mobile

We had a fantastic time, the tour really brought to life what Art Deco means to Miami specifically and how perceptions of these buildings have changed over the years locally.
We really benefited from the small numbers on the tour and were able to enter buildings and rooftops that would otherwise not be possible. The details and background provided were thorough and passionately delivered by a local resident and this really helped to bring everything to life.
Highly recommended.

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“A Great Tour!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2014

This is a two hour tour of parts of South Beach which we took in March and offered by Art Deco Tours with Christine and Company. Groups are small so that access to places not usually allowed are possible. We were extremely fortunate to have Christine as our guide. She is charismatic and knowledgeable about a myriad of subjects, and fortunately one of her loves is the Art Deco buildings, artifacts, and architecture of South Beach. She knows just about everything regarding this colorful area and has interviewed countless people on the history, culture, and styles. If you are interested in the Art Deco era in the United States, this is the tour for you! You receive information on the exterior and interior of the 1930s-40s buildings that were revitalized in the 1980s by interest in “Miami Vice” and are treated to a Pina Colada on top of one of the buildings overlooking the entire area. You also are emailed a summary of the tour when you return home.

Visited March 2014
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