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Things to do in the Miami Art Deco District

Aubrey Higgins2022-05-02

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When traveling in or through Miami there is no way you can’t explore the beauty of Miami’s unique Art Deco District. Located in the south of South Beach this district consists of hundreds of unique buildings with art deco architecture. The district is located in Miami Beach between 5th Street and 23rd Street, continuing along Ocean Dr. Collins Avenue, and Washington Ave.

What is Art Deco?

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So what is Art Deco? Dating back to the 1920’s Art Deco is an artistic movement that reached its peak during the Great Depression, a time when Americans were seeking an architectural style that could lift the mood of the United States.

Art Deco buildings are centered on basic geometric shapes characterized by their heavy ornamentation serving more decorative than functional purposes. It is typical to see terrazzo floors, tropical and pastel colors, and neon lighting among other famous characteristics of Miami’s Art Deco style.

Things to do at Miami’s Art Deco Historic District

Miami Beach’s Art Deco Historic District consists of pops of color and notable architectural lines, curves, and fountains. The district is home to the nation’s largest concentration of sleek and bright architectural styles.

Visit the Art Deco Welcome Centre and Museum

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The Art Deco Welcome Center allows visitors to find out all about what to do in Miami Beach housing the Art Deco Museum where you can view year-round exhibits and special events. The museum allows tourists to better understand the architectural heritage and community culture of Miami Beach including the three major historic design styles; Mediterranean Revival, Art Deco, and Miami Modern (MiMo).

Brought to you by the Miami Design Preservation League the museum serves as educational and informative while also presenting the fun and glamour of Miami Beach.

Enjoy a Walking Tour of the Art Deco District

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There are many guided or unguided walking tours you can take to explore the beauty and intricate details of the art deco district. The Miami Design Preservation League; offers guided walking tours and self-guided tours for visitors that may choose to explore at their own pace. You may also experience a private tour such as the Lincoln Road Tour and MiMo Tour, available upon request.

You may also explore a portion of the district on a tour of Miami with Tripshepherd. Experience the Best of Miami on this 4-hour small-group tour of the Magic City. Explore the city's vibrant Cuban heart - Little Havana, experience the beauty of Wynwood Walls, and relax on a cruise boat tour in the harbor among others.

Go Shopping on Collins Ave

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Along the district is Collins Avenue, also known as State Road A1A - the main shopping and beach hotel street in the area, running parallel to the beach. The avenue features more than 30 designed brands along with restaurants, art deco hotels, and galleries with a clothing boutique at every corner. Some refer to the area as the Capital of Cool due to its youthful fashion and unique accessories.

Explore Lummus Park

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It does not get more "Miami Beach" than Lummus Park, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and Ocean Drive. This urban oasis is the perfect place for anyone looking to start their day off running, walking, or cycling to catch the beautiful sunrise or enjoy bird's eye views of the beach and uninterrupted sunrise selfies at one of the lifeguard's towers.

Families often swarm the playgrounds or enjoy a heart-pumping volleyball game. Visitors can rent a chaise and umbrella to get some sunbathing in, you can also swim here and rent bikes or skates to enjoy the beachfront path. The park also features two outdoor gum areas and public art pieces: MyEquilibria's sculpture Leopard Tree and Beast Structures.

Where to Stay in the Art Deco District

There are many beautiful beachfront hotels available for your stay in the area, here are some of our suggestions.

The South Beach Hotel

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This rare gem in the district is a prime South Florida oceanfront boutique hotel. The hotel features a new kind of luxury with a rooftop pool deck, restaurants, and bars, with its retro guest rooms featuring porthole windows.

Here you can come for the ultra-chic and stay for the unpretentious as you are treated to timeless hospitality where the staff will know you by name.

Hotel Breakwater South Beach

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Breakwater is located in the heart of South Beach and offers a variety of services for their guests so you leave feeling satisfied and take in the best of what Miami has to offer. The hotel offers a luxury spa and fitness center and includes complimentary bicycles.

Essex House by Clevelander Hotel

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This art deco hotel is located only a short walk from Ocean Drive and close to many of Miami's attractions. Here you will be treated to peaceful, sophisticated accommodations including free Wi-Fi and deluxe beds. Here guests may relax by the tropical greenery and swaying palm trees or wander over to Clevelander South Beach where you can enjoy complimentary access to the iconic pool + patio and C-Level Rooftop.

Where to Eat in the Art Deco District

Clevelander South Beach Restaurant

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Clevelander is located in the middle of Ocean Drive and redefines American dining for visitors and locals. Their selection changes seasonally to ensure you receive the freshest, best-tasting flavors, offering a large selection of items on the menu to satisfy your hunger after a day of shopping or exploring Miami.

Social Restaurant

Enjoy an upscale, yet casual dining experience at this high-energy sports bar and music-centric restaurant with its award-winning menu and entertainment. Serving as a place for friends to come together to create great memories, here your favorite all-American food cravings will be satisfied as you listen to great music and watch all the big games.

il Pastaiolo

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IL Pastaiolo holds on to the "old" traditions from its humble beginnings. Their menu offers delicious, authentic cuisine served by their friendly and attentive staff.

Mammamia Gelato Italiano

Cool off from the Miami Heat and enjoy some refreshing and delicious gelato at Mammamia Gelato Italiano. They offer a wide array of innovative and classic gelato unique in taste and craftsmanship. Coffee lovers can also choose from a variety of coffee and espresso, you can also grab a piece from one of their delicious cakes.

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