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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.


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Lodging Near Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

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Hotel Urbano at Brickell

Hotel Urbano at Brickell

2500 Brickell Ave, Miami
3.8
of 5, from 842 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Brickell, this boutique hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens and Patricia And Phillip Frost Museum Of Science. James L. Knight Center is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) away.

$220
Palmeiras Beach Club at Grove Isle

Palmeiras Beach Club at Grove Isle

4 Grove Isle Drive, Miami
3.9
of 5, from 228 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Coconut Grove, this spa hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Kennedy Park, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, and Patricia And Phillip Frost Museum Of Science. Miami City Hall and Domino Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$169
Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Miami Brickell Downtown

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Miami Brickell Downtown

50 Sw 12th Street, Miami
4.6
of 5, from 1,433 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Brickell, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mary Brickell Village and James L. Knight Center. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens and Patricia And Phillip Frost Museum Of Science are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$149
Atton Brickell Miami Hotel

Atton Brickell Miami Hotel

1500 SW 1st Avenue, Miami
4.5
of 5, from 373 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Brickell, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mary Brickell Village and James L. Knight Center. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens and Patricia And Phillip Frost Museum Of Science are also within 2 mi (3 km).

Charming Garden Studio, Jewel Off-brickell/ Wifi,

Charming Garden Studio, Jewel Off-brickell/ Wifi,

1917 SW 3rd Avenue, Miami
4.3
of 5, from 12 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Miami, this property is within 2 mi (3 km) of Mary Brickell Village, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, and Patricia And Phillip Frost Museum Of Science. PortMiami and James L. Knight Center are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$139
Habitat Residence Condo Hotel

Habitat Residence Condo Hotel

1700 South West 2nd Avenue, Miami
3.9
of 5, from 379 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Brickell, this apartment is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mary Brickell Village and James L. Knight Center. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens and Patricia And Phillip Frost Museum Of Science are also within 2 mi (3 km).

3 Bedroom Penthouse

3 Bedroom Penthouse

1818 SW 1st Ave, Miami
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Brickell, this apartment is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mary Brickell Village, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, and Patricia And Phillip Frost Museum Of Science. PortMiami and James L. Knight Center are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$161
Homewood Suites by Hilton Miami Downtown/Brickell

Homewood Suites by Hilton Miami Downtown/Brickell

1750 Southwest 1st Avenue, Miami
4.6
of 5, from 216 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Brickell, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mary Brickell Village, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, and Patricia And Phillip Frost Museum Of Science. PortMiami and James L. Knight Center are also within 3 mi (5 km).