Vizcaya Museum and Gardens#11 in Best Things To Do in Miami
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Located in the Coconut Grove district, the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens were originally built as a winter villa for businessman James Deering in the early 1900s. Today, it serves as a museum, with a wide variety of art from the 15th to the 19th century. The atmosphere and architecture are a key part of the experience, which impressed recent visitors. Much of the original house (which spans 38,000 feet) is intact and showcases a neat assortment of vintage furniture. Though for many travelers, the gorgeous gardens are the unquestioned highlight of any trip here. Visitors say the picturesque grounds remind them of ancient European mansions.
You can walk around the property at your leisure or rent an audio guide for $5. Guided, 45-minute tours of the first floor of the main house and gardens are also available for $5. Tours are offered daily at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.
The Vizcaya Museum and Gardens are located just a mile southwest of downtown Miami. Public transport is available with easy access from the Vizcaya Metrorail station, but there's also free parking should you choose to drive. Admission costs $22 for adults and $10 for children ages 6 through 12. The museum is open Wednesday through Monday from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. For more information, check out its website.
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