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Vizcaya Museum + Gardens

Miami + Fort Lauderdale Metro Area, Florida

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  • View to main house.- Vizcaya Museum + Gardens
  • Garden view.- Vizcaya Museum + Gardens
  • One of the garden "rooms."- Vizcaya Museum + Gardens
  • Certain areas of the garden are going through renovation.- Vizcaya Museum + Gardens
  • Statue in garden.- Vizcaya Museum + Gardens
  • Stonework in the garden.- Vizcaya Museum + Gardens
  • Parterre gardens.- Vizcaya Museum + Gardens
  • Entry to the gardens from the waterfront.- Vizcaya Museum + Gardens
  • Planting on the water.- Vizcaya Museum + Gardens
  • View of Vizcaya from piers.- Vizcaya Museum + Gardens
  • View from pavilion looking over to house- Vizcaya Museum + Gardens
  • Orchid in orchidarium- Vizcaya Museum + Gardens
  • Statue- Vizcaya Museum + Gardens
  • Main parterre gardens- Vizcaya Museum + Gardens
  • Artificial sunken ship- Vizcaya Museum + Gardens
  • View of sunken ship from mainland- Vizcaya Museum + Gardens
  • succulent- Vizcaya Museum + Gardens
  • Local iguana taking a sip- Vizcaya Museum + Gardens
  • Pavilion located on the grounds- Vizcaya Museum + Gardens
  • Iguana catching some rays by the water- Vizcaya Museum + Gardens
  • Bromeliad- Vizcaya Museum + Gardens
  • Local cat taking a nap- Vizcaya Museum + Gardens
  • Small lizard in the gardens- Vizcaya Museum + Gardens
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Extensive grounds. Beautiful water view. Many photo opportunities.
Cons: 
Can be crowded. Ongoing preservation can close portions of the gardens.
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Alerts: 
On-going preservation, check if certain areas are closed or disturbed for construction
Region:
Miami + Fort Lauderdale Metro Area, FL
Congestion: 
Moderate
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
General Day Use Fee
Points of Interest:
Historical landmark, Viewpoint
Dogs allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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From 1916 to 1925 Vizcaya was the winter home of James Deering, a millionaire and socialite who made his fortune in the family business of industrial agriculture. This picturesque location on Biscayne Bay in Coconut Grove drew in Deering’s attention after he was told to spend more time in warmer climates to improve his health. Deering spent the last nine years of his life at this extravagant home before he passed away on a return voyage from France. Since then, the home was passed down through family until it was given to Dade County in 1952.

The attractions at Vizcaya include the extensive gardens and the traditional Mediterranean-inspired home itself. You will get lost wandering the grounds and many rooms. 

The gardens designed by landscape architect Diego Suarez echo the styles of those found in Italy and France. Much like the 18th and 17th Century European gardens, it is organized in a "series of rooms." There are parterre gardens and an orchidarium, all using flora native to the humid region of southern Florida. The ornate stonework uses local materials like the oolitic limestone found all over southern Florida. It is easily identified by its porous character allowing moss to fill the voids. The stunning local flora and the moss-filled stonework make for a garden unlike any other in the world; although it draws inspiration from the Old World European style, Vizcaya's gardens are uniquely South Floridian. You will find amazing specimens of bromeliads, orchids, hedges, and succulents that flourish in Miami along with the occasional Jurassic looking iguana waiting to have its photo taken by the sunken ship out in the bay. It is no surprise that on any given day, even in the midst of a brutal humid Florida summer, you will come across a few wedding fashion and quincenera photo shoots occurring all over the grounds. Artists of all kinds are welcomed to use the home for inspiration.
The house, designed by artist Paul Chalfin and architect Francis Burall Hoffman Jr., was inspired by the villas in the northern region of Italy. You can explore the many rooms, starting with the central courtyard. The architecture responds well to the harsh climate of Miami, utilizing natural ventilation, passive cooling and rain water collection. Inside, it also housed many modern amenities that were not commonplace during the early 1900s. The art collection is one to boast about, as Deering collected and commissioned amazing pieces. After roaming the grounds and exploring the house, relax in the beautiful cafe found at the lower level of the home adjacent to the grotto pool, which is currently being renovated.

Keep an eye out for the many events that occur at the museum including Sunday tea, holiday parties, moonlit tours, and many more. Parking is free, entry is $18 for adults, $10 for students with an id, $12 for seniors with an id, $6 for children 6-12, and free for veterans and active military personnel with an id.
 

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