Step Back in Time With a Visit to Miami’s Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

Millionaire James Deering built Vizcaya Museum & Gardens in Coconut Grove to serve as his tropical winter getaway. Deering’s interest in landscaping is apparent in the mansion’s grounds, which include mazes, flowers, sculptures, and fountains.

Today the estate is open to the public for group and private tours. The recently launched audio tour is a 90-minute experience that allows visitors to explore the main house, gardens, and grounds at their own pace. The tour is offered in 5 languages (English, Spanish, French, Portugese, and Haitian Creole) for $5. Visitors can grab a bite to eat the the Vizcaya Café and Shop with a view of the main swimming pool.

Vizcaya Museum & Gardens is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Mondays. Admission costs $18 for adults, $12 for seniors, $10 for students, and $6 for children 6-12. Admission is free for kids under six.

Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
3251 South Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33129
(305) 250-9133

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens: Get Lost in the Architecture of This Landmark Estate

Millionaire James Deering commissioned the construction of Vizcaya during the early part of the 20th century. Originally situated upon 180 luxuriant acres abutting Biscayne Bay, the estate was Deering's interpretation of an Italian villa in a subtropical setting; it was where the bachelor spent his winters until his death in 1925.

Nowadays, Vizcaya serves as a public museum and botanical gardens, attracting countless visitors eager to tour the estate's ornate, Mediterranean-inspired architecture and stunning formal gardens. Vizcaya's innovative design explores the relationship between indoor and outdoor spaces, and every room within the meticulously preserved estate was designed around artwork and mementos acquired by Deering during his travels abroad.

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m daily, except Tuesdays. Arrive early to avoid the crowds.

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
3251 S. Miami Ave.
Miami, FL 33129
(305) 250-9133

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens: A Beautiful Estate in Miami

Formerly the opulent winter villa of wealthy industrialist James Deering of International Harvester, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens offers visitors an opportunity to experience one of the most beautiful estates in Miami. A great spot for a day trip from Portofino at Biscayne, the lavish 1916 Italianate mansion in the Coconut Grove area looks out on the glittering expanse of Biscayne Bay and was crafted by over 1,000 workers.

Much of the artwork, furniture, and tapestries from Deering’s collection are still in the house. The landscaped gardens feature elaborate landscaping with lush tropical plants, fountains, and walkways. Admission is $12 for adults, $6 for children, with discounts for seniors, students, and disabled persons. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is open Wednesdays through Mondays from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

3251 S. Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33129
(305) 250-9133

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