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Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

The villa, horticultural displays and courtyard of this National Historic Landmark provide a serene oasis in central Miami, with views of Biscayne Bay.

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens spans 50 acres (20 hectares) of waterfront property. It was once a stately holiday home, built by wealthy industrialist, with livestock and a staff village. Today it’s an historical museum and bayside park that offers a peek inside the lives of the rich and famous.

When you look out over the calm Biscayne Bay it is easy to imagine why so many people come to the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens to relax. Walk through the carefully designed gardens and explore the orchidarium, then tour the house. For a more informed experience, rent a 90-minute audio tour. 

James Deering chose the site for its tropical climate and proximity to the ocean. Being from Chicago, Illinois, the farm machinery entrepreneur came to Miami to enjoy the warmer weather in winter. The Italian-inspired architecture combines styles from the 15th century through early 20th century. The 34 decorated rooms of the house are full of furniture imported from Europe. 

By 1955, the house and village had become the property of Dade County and was used for diplomatic purposes. The residence has since hosted many famous leaders, such as Queen Elizabeth II, President Ronald Reagan, Pope John Paul II, and Queen Sofia and King Juan Carlos I of Spain. To help preserve the facility, the once open-air courtyard was enclosed by glass. Nowadays, you can catch a film a here during the popular movie nights.

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is situated near downtown Miami in north Coconut Grove. It is open every day, except Tuesdays, Christmas Day and Thanksgiving Day. Visit the café for a bite to eat, as you are not allowed to bring in outside food. Souvenir hunters can stock up at the Gardens Shop.

Popular Activities at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Want to make your time spent at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens even more unforgettable? Remember to try a few of these things to do:

Your next great adventure has been waiting for you! You might like to try out a Vizcaya Museum with Transport or a Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour.

If you'd like more activities, examine our Miami things to do page.


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Hilton Garden Inn Miami Brickell South ¥10,662
Hilton Garden Inn Miami Brickell South

Hilton Garden Inn Miami Brickell South

2500 Brickell Ave, Miami, FL
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Brickell, this boutique hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Brickell City Centre, and James L. Knight Center. Downtown Miami Shopping District and Bayfront Park are also within 3 mi (5 km). Vizcaya Station is 14 minutes by foot and Financial District Metromover Station is 20 minutes.

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    Miami Roads

    1411 Southwest 23rd Street, Miami, FL
       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Coral Way, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Marlins Park, and Miracle Mile. Brickell City Centre and Downtown Miami Shopping District are also within 3 mi (5 km). Vizcaya Station is 9 minutes by foot.

      Novotel Miami Brickell ¥13,265
      Novotel Miami Brickell

      Novotel Miami Brickell

      1500 SW 1st Avenue, Miami, FL
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Brickell, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Mary Brickell Village and Brickell City Centre. Downtown Miami Shopping District and James L. Knight Center are also within 1 mi (2 km). Brickell Metromover Station is only a 5-minute walk and Brickell Station is 6 minutes.

        Palmeiras Beach Club at Grove Isle ¥18,352
        Palmeiras Beach Club at Grove Isle

        Palmeiras Beach Club at Grove Isle

        4 Grove Isle Drive, Coconut Grove, Miami, FL
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Coconut Grove, this beach hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Coco Walk, and Tower Theater. Brickell City Centre and Miracle Mile are also within 6 mi (10 km).

          SLS Brickell ¥14,492
          SLS Brickell

          SLS Brickell

          1300 South Miami Avenue, Miami, FL
             
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Brickell, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Mary Brickell Village and Brickell City Centre. Downtown Miami Shopping District and James L. Knight Center are also within 1 mi (2 km). Financial District Metromover Station and Brickell Metromover Station are within a 5-minute walk.

            Villa Valentino - Charming and Historic Miami Cottage 2BD/1BA and Pool - Sleeps 4 - RMC200 Villa 2
            Villa Valentino - Charming and Historic Miami Cottage 2BD/1BA and Pool - Sleeps 4 - RMC200 Villa 2

            Villa Valentino - Charming and Historic Miami Cottage 2BD/1BA and Pool - Sleeps 4 - RMC200 Villa 2

            1855 South Bayshore Drive Upstairs, Miami, FL
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Coconut Grove, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Miracle Mile, and Marlins Park. Brickell City Centre is 3.1 mi (5 km) away. Vizcaya Station is 24 minutes by foot and Coconut Grove Station is 25 minutes.

              Villa Valentino - Charming, Historic Miami Cottage - 1BD/BA and Pool - Sleeps 2 - RMC100 Villa 1
              Villa Valentino - Charming, Historic Miami Cottage - 1BD/BA and Pool - Sleeps 2 - RMC100 Villa 1

              Villa Valentino - Charming, Historic Miami Cottage - 1BD/BA and Pool - Sleeps 2 - RMC100 Villa 1

              1855 South Bayshore Drive, Miami, FL
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Coconut Grove, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Miracle Mile, and Marlins Park. Brickell City Centre is 3.1 mi (5 km) away. Vizcaya Station is 24 minutes by foot and Coconut Grove Station is 25 minutes.

                Historic and Gated 12BD/7.5BA Villa In Coconut Grove - Sleeps 20 - RCG1299 Villa 11
                Historic and Gated 12BD/7.5BA Villa In Coconut Grove - Sleeps 20 - RCG1299 Villa 11

                Historic and Gated 12BD/7.5BA Villa In Coconut Grove - Sleeps 20 - RCG1299 Villa 11

                1855 South Bayshore Drive, Miami, FL
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Coconut Grove, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Miracle Mile, and Marlins Park. Brickell City Centre is 3.1 mi (5 km) away. Vizcaya Station is 24 minutes by foot and Coconut Grove Station is 25 minutes.