Taking a stroll around the Art Deco District in Miami

With standout spots like Little Havana, Wynwood Walls and Vizcaya, Miami is a feast for the senses. One of the city’s most distinctly colorful attractions is the historical Art Deco District in Miami Beach. Featuring symmetrical, column-based structures, pastel facades, neon signage and striking typography, the 900-plus South Beach buildings that make up the Art Deco District are an enduring, stylish tribute to the bygone era of the 1930s and 1940s.

Some great ways to experience the area: join the Miami Design Preservation League’s Art Deco Walking Tour, grab a drink or a meal on the outdoor patios, or spend a weekend at one of these classic hotels. If your time is tight, you can simply stroll up and down Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue on your own, admiring each uniquely designed building.

Here are a few of my favorite facades from my walk around the blocks of the Art Deco District.

The Marseilles Hotel in the Art Deco District of South Beach Miami
The Marseilles Hotel
Carole Feuerman's sculpture The Golden Mean in front of the National Hotel in the Art Deco District of South Beach Miami
Carole Feuerman’s sculpture The Golden Mean in front of the National Hotel, with the Delano South Beach in the background
The Royal Palm South Beach in the Art Deco District of Miami
The Royal Palm South Beach
McAlpin-Ocean Plaza & Ocean Drive in the Art Deco District of South Beach Miami
The McAlpin-Ocean Plaza and the Art Deco vibe on Ocean Drive
The McAlpin-Ocean Plaza in the Art Deco District of South Beach Miami
The McAlpin-Ocean Plaza
The Cavalier Hotel in the Art Deco District of South Beach Miami
The Cavalier Hotel
The Leslie Hotel in the Art Deco District of South Beach Miami
The Leslie Hotel
The Marlin Hotel in the Art Deco District of South Beach Miami
The Marlin Hotel
Hotel Victor in the Art Deco District of Miami
Hotel Victor
The Congress Hotel in the Art Deco District of South Beach Miami
The Congress Hotel

The Art Deco Welcome Center sits on the beach side of Ocean Drive at 10th Street. Stop by to orient yourself with the district, learn fun facts and history about the architecture, shop for Art Deco posters and postcards, and plan your overall Miami itinerary. The MDPL Art Deco walking tours also start from here.

Art Deco Welcome Center on TripAdvisor | Yelp | Foursquare | Facebook | Official website

Onward on Ocean Drive…

The Edison Hotel in the Art Deco District of South Beach Miami
The Edison Hotel
Waldorf Towers in Miami's Art Deco District
Waldorf Towers
A vintage Oldsmobile in the Art Deco District of South Beach Miami
A vintage Oldsmobile on Ocean Drive
Posted on July 10, 2018

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Taking a stroll around the Art Deco District in Miami
Taking a stroll around the Art Deco District in Miami
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