Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is one of the South’s most stunning mansions, home to the former tycoon James Deering outside of Miami, Florida. It’s now become a museum to his life there and has stunning gardens. The lavish residence was modeled after the Italian villas that were popular at the time. Today the estate is a spot used for photo shoots for weddings and quinceañeras.
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Start your tour on the first floor, where the rooms surround a courtyard that was once open but is now covered to protect the historic site. Wander through the extravagant library, dining room and living room, all located on the ground floor. Upstairs are Deering’s bedroom and his guest rooms. Admire the somewhat over-the-top furnishings.
Outside, visitors can enjoy the Italian-style gardens, which boast views of Biscayne Bay. Fountains and sculptures are incorporated into the designs of landscape architect Diego Suarez. The Garden Mound plays with perspective and gives the impression that you are inside a series of rooms.
If You Go
Villa Vizcaya is located at 3251 South Miami Avenue, Miami, Florida 33129. The museum is open daily, but closed Tuesdays, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $22 for adults, $16 for seniors, $15 for students and $10 for children. No photography is allowed inside. Parking is free. Book your Transportation to Vizcaya Museum and Gardens before you go.
If you’re taking public transportation, go to the Vizcaya Metrorail Station. Cross US 1 on the pedestrian bridge and continue in the same direction, one block to South Miami Avenue. Cross SW 32 Road and proceed to the crosswalk before crossing South Miami Avenue to enter Vizcaya.