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Excursion 'SCENIC MIAMI AND SOUTH BEACH'

Description

On this comprehensive half-day excursion, enjoy a narrated scenic drive of South Beach and historic Downtown Miami as well as a walking tour of Miami's famous Art Deco Historic District in South Beach. Departing the pier you pass through the port of Miami, the Cruise Capital of the World and past the Freedom Tower where thousands of Cuban refugees were processed in the 1960s and early 1970s. As you enter the heart of the city, you will see the American Airlines Arena, home of the Miami Heat, and Bayside Market Place, an active open-air mall overlooking Biscayne Bay. Following the route of the Orange Bowl Parade as you make your way to Brickell Avenue, Miami's financial and commercial district and onto the eclectic village of Coconut Grove known for its fine restaurants, quaint cafes and fabulous shopping. Continuing west, you will enjoy a scenic drive through the peaceful, tree-lines streets of Coral Gables, an exclusive historic community in which developer and visionary George Merrick created unique themed villages including American Colonial, French, Dutch South African, Italian and Chinese. Be sure to have your camera ready as you pass a number of architectural treasures such as the Biltmore Hotel, The Colonnade and City Hall. Continuing through the heart of the Cuban community of ‘Little Havana' you will make your way across the Causeway to South Beach where you will enjoy a walking tour of the Art Deco District, an architectural delight featuring more than 800 art deco style buildings within one square mile. The 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs Industriels et Modernes, which celebrated living in the modern, industrial world, was the foundation of Art Deco. The art and architecture that was developed between the two World Wars, during the Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression of the Thirties featured crisp geometric lines and patterns, vibrant colors, simple yet sophisticated shapes that were often streamlined and aerodynamic. Typically, exotic materials of the day such as glass and metal were used in the construction to create a living environment reminiscent of modern industrial ingenuity that was cohesive and efficient, like a well-oiled machine. You and your knowledgeable guide will take a leisurely stroll around the Art Deco District to take in many of these magnificent structures that have been restored to their original splendor.

When would you like to leave?
Adult US$ 54.00
Child (3-13 old) US$ 37.80
Length 3 1/2 hours approximately
Level Easy Easy
Type Sightseeing Sightseeing
Cultural Cultural
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