Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
Vizcaya took over a decade, from 1910 to 1922, to plan and build. Its landscaping and architecture were influenced by Veneto and Tuscan Italian Renaissance models and designed in the Mediterranean Revival architectural style. Now, the villa serves as a popular tourist attraction, and is also the site of international events such as the Summit of the Americas and Art Basel Miami Beach parties. Book a half-day guided tour to explore this National Historic Landmark property and learn about its history.
Things to know before you go
- When visiting Vizcaya, some visitors notice a sulfur smell, which is produced by the mangrove shore ecosystem along the southeastern edge of the property.
- Because Vizcaya was built in the early 1900s, some areas have limited wheelchair accessibility; there are wheelchair-accessible parking spaces and a map indicating the location of ramps and elevators.
- Vizcaya does not offer bag check; luggage and large bags are not allowed in the main house.
- The property is located in Coconut Grove, which is worth visiting for the shopping on Cocowalk and Streets of Mayfair, as well as for a more relaxed vibe than Miami.
How to get there
The Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is located in Coconut Grove, just south of downtown Miami and the Rickenbacker Causeway. It’s about a 25-minute drive from South Beach, and is also accessible via the Metrorail; take the Dadeland South line to Vizcaya Station. A station for Miami’s bike-sharing system, CitiBike, is located at Vizcaya.
When to get there
Vizcaya is closed on Tuesdays, and on Thanksgiving (the last Thursday in November) and Christmas Day (December 25). Classes and events including yoga sessions, horticulture and cocktail classes, and kid-friendly activities take place throughout the year. During the holiday season, Vizcaya features festive decorations that are displayed from early December until around the new year.
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