30 reviews between Jan 11, 2023 and May 15, 2023.
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami is an impressive historical estate that is worth a visit. The 70-room villa and estate was built between 1914 and 1923 at a cost of $15 million by businessman James Deering. The Italianate mansion is spectacular with numerous displays, and the surrounding 50-acre gardens are stunning. The gardens were designed to incorporate nature, which is apparent as visitors stroll through the formal gardens and the informal gardens. A guided tour of the house is recommended, and the audio tour provides great descriptions of the extensive property.Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
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30 reviews between Jan 11, 2023 and May 15, 2023.
Way too expensive. It is a lovely house with unusual and beautiful rooms but it's quite small and didn't take long to look around all the rooms. The stone barge is spectacular but let down by all the unsightly seaweed around it (surely some type of netting could be used around the bay to keep it clear?). The gardens have so much scope to be spectacular too but they look run down with no imagination gone into the planting. Usually garden's invite you to sit and enjoy the scenery but even walking around these gardens was boring. With entry being so expensive, it does beg the question as to what on earth the revenues gained are being spent on because it really doesn't seem to be on the upkeep of the place.
I was there with a friend because I love history and the old art, I do recommend the place but is better if you look online to read the details and not paying for the extra to do the tour, is very short and you have to run from one room to another to avoid miss the guide speech.
Unique house and gardens. He knew how to decorate! The gift shop and cafe are hard to find. Ceilings and walls are amazingly decorated.
This is the perfect place to visit if you want to see Miami's historical and cultural facets. Best of all, not many tourists around, so take your time and explore this beautiful building!
This place is awesome and should be advertised more. It’s a private residence that was sold to the county for public visits. There is a house and grounds to explore. It’s HOT so be prepared. I had a neck fan that helped a lot. I started outside first. To be honest some of it feels a little weathered but they did state that most of the place was built out of coral stone which does not hold up in the weather. Which I get, but in the gardens there seemed to be some empty foundations that collected rain water and grossness. Yet it was still very rustic looking. But the rotting leaves smelled a little bit. Just in one tiny section though. They were updating the pool so I was a little disappointed to not get the full effect of it. I went to the house next. I really liked the Audio tour. Please be respectful and bring headphones though. Also people need to be more mindful of their picture taking. Don’t spend 10 mins trying to get the perfect selfie when others are trying to take a picture in the same spot. I ate in the cafe and it was honestly the best meal I had during my whole trip to Miami. I had the caprese salad with chicken. I did shop in the gift shop and lots of items didn’t have prices which they need to fix. Also I asked one staff person if there were places to charge your phone if need be and she pointed to one plug that was available. I asked about the cafe and she wasn’t sure. With modern technology and use of phones to buy tickets, get lyft, take the Audio tour you need to know if phone charging is available. I went to the cafe myself to see and there’s a few tables inside with outlets. I was able to use my phone for the audio tour and map and charge my phone later. Please make sure all the staff knows there’s outlets in the cafe. Other than that minor detail this place was awesome and I spent 5 hours there!
Really lovely place - if you love gilded age house museums, this one is definitely worth a visit. The whole property is an unexpected surprise, from the juxtaposition of the european furnishings against the mostly definitely non-european exterior, to the formal gardens right next to the mangroves, to the stunning water views that are completely not like Newport. Really, REALLY worth a visit if you love house museums.
Everything was so amazing.We took so many pictures.Feel like back in time.The property slowly deteriorating,should be taking care more to preserve for future generations.Beautiful property which should have better advertising.
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit! We took the guided tour of the house which was so good! Our guide was very informative! It was fascinating how modern the house was for its time. If we lived in the area, we would certainly buy an annual pass and go again and again!
A true modern marvel that feels centuries old. I love all the old gilded age mansions and have been Newport, the Biltmore, Oheka, the Ringling home in Sarasota and many others. Vizcaya absolutely took my breath away. At every turn whatever you were viewing was spectacular. The gardens are some of the absolute best I've ever had the chance to meander. The story behind each "room" is just so impressive. From the grottos, to the mounds, to the casino, to the theater garden, the secret garden and the former lagoon garden everything was planned out so meticulously. Once inside the house you literally gasp. To think that the courtyard was literally open to the sky (until the 1980s) was something I just couldn't grasp. How clever of Deering and Chalfin to really blend the entire environment of this property together to magically. In the house, they brought the outside in and in the gardens they brought the inside out. Stunning!The barge is surely a sight to behold. Oh how it magical it must have been to take a gondola ride around the property and then disembark at the tea house or on the barge for some sun tanning. At the time of my visit, the indoor/outdoor pool was being refurbished but you can still get a sense of how much fun this amenity was for guests. The rest of the recreation area, bowling alley, card room and billiard room has been recorded into a Cafe and gift shop. That was a bummer for me since I love seeing how the ultra rich used to entertain. The cage was adorable, though, and reasonably priced. Pictures do not so this property justice. I'm so happy that it was saved from destruction like hundreds of mansions of its time. If ever in the South Florida area be sure to allot an entire day to tour this gem of a property. You won't regret it. Oh and download the app so you can take the audio tour.
Beautiful grounds. I am impressed with the original owner, how he adapted his dream gardens to the reality of the Florida climate. I found it interesting that he was very modern in technology, but very antique in his decor.
Beautiful place! We did the in house tour and found very informative. Food from the cafe was very good too. A must see!
Izcaya is a beautiful place to explore. We took the orange train to get there. Once we crossed over the bridge we were in another place. Quiet and serene. The gardens are lovely, the home was enjoyable to look through and the sea views were amazing!
Went with Scott Cooper Miami - loved vizcaya museum / definitely a top Miami tourist attraction. Can’t wait to see Miami again
Was blown away by the lovely gardens and waterfront terrace with tea room and barge state. Can imagine spending many lovely hours here.
Vizcaya is amazing! We spent four hours because there was so much to see. Make sure to download the audio tour and listen to it (or read the text) as you visit each room. We took a break after touring the house to eat at the Cafe. Then we followed with walking through the gardens. Again, the downloadable app gives great descriptions of the extensive property. This is definitely a must-see stop if visiting Miami.
Easy to find - 5 minute walk from Vizcaya metrorail station.The museum/house has been very well preserved and maintained with some boards around telling the stories. No paper map is provided although there are maps dotted about but it can be a little difficult to navigate. They provide an app for a free self-guided audio tour but we found it very difficult to use and find our way around with it and lost connection a few times and soon gave up trying to use it.The gardens and views are spectacular - worth the entrance fee on their own.
A friend i visited here in feb 2022. Cost $29 to enter, book online. We spent about 3-4 hrs here. Very well laid out and feels like you're in Europe but its miami was amd billionaire from Chicago built in 1920s, there are nice gardens, fountains, saw big iguanas, lily and lotus ponds. The inside is is very grande and not something you'd expect to see in usa. Wealth beyond, a little over the top.
It's a must see for a visitor, very nice museum and gardens! Easy to reach by Metrorail, bus or taxi from Downtown/Brickell. Loved it!
When I first saw Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami, Florida, even before I began my tour of the extraordinary 70-room villa and estate built by businessman James Deering of the Deering McCormick International Harvester fortune, it reminded me of American circus mogul John Ringling's Ca' d'zan in Sarasota, Florida. Located on Biscayne Bay in the present day neighborhood of Coconut Grove, the 50-acre complex was constructed between 1914 and 1923 at a cost of $15 million. It includes the villa, extensive Italian Renaissance gardens, native woodland landscape and historic village outbuildings. The villa contains rooms of distinctive architectural interiors decorated with numerous antiques, with an emphasis on 15th through early 19th century European decorative art and furnishings. Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970, the villa was used by Deering as his winter residence from 1916 until his death in 1925. Because of the villa's exterior and garden architecture that was a composite of different Italian Renaissance villas and gardens, Vizcaya has often been described as the "Hearst Castle of the East," a reference to William Randolph Hearst's San Simeon in California. It features Gilded Age technology, including doorbells, a dumbwaiter and the first telephone system in Miami-Dade County. In the swimming pool grotto, visitors can see one of only two public places in the world to feature a surviving mural by prominent American artist Robert Winthrop Chandler.
The Vizcaya Museum and Gardens are worth a visit. The museum is fascinating. We appreciated that there is information about the people who worked there before it was a museum and the impact of climate changes. It was nice to stroll through the gardens. February is probably not the best time to see them. They are likely much more impressive in the spring and summer.Water views are beautiful.Parking is easy. Staff in museum and cafe are very responsive and welcoming. P.S. According to the website and signage upon arrival, you have to buy tickets on-line. Unfortunately, this is clunky on a mobile phone and personal information is requested to "register" that is not really necessary. You can just walk up to the ticket counter and buy tickets.
Really stunning house and gardens just a few minutes drive from downtown miami. Lot of walking involved so be prepared.
Definitely worthwhile to visit and tour. Allow 3 hours to see the place. Staff and guided tours are excellent. Price increase to $29 for adults. Free for military and Vets
We had such a wonderful time at Vizcaya! We were in Miami for a few hours before boarding a cruise ship and only had time to visit one place. We're so glad we chose Vizcaya! It was beautiful, interesting, and relaxing.
We were on our Winter Get-away from Chicago, so it was interesting to visit the Winter-getaway of a famous Chicagoan. What was most impressive was how James Deering did not try to conquer nature, but to incorporate it. The Cafe is a secret gem with fresh ingredients grown right on site. Our Capresse Salads were divine. The free audio tour is magnificent.
It is nice to see this estate one time if you are visiting Miami area. It was interesting to see how people lived 100 years ago and the art in the mansion. The estate and gardens need a maintenance tune up and some places felt really run down. There were no flowers in the gardens but being in nature always feels good. In defense of this estate, I am sure if I studied art more and see the beauty of thought of putting this all together, I would likely have benefitted more as others have in their reviews. We combined this with a Cuban area called. Calle 8 Little Havan where we found a great coffee shop and wonderful little restaurants. Winwood walls is another area we enjoyed on our trip to this area. and we found n pizza place where the dough comes from Italy! Coming full circle with Italian renaissance work of the old in this mansion and pizza from modern times near Winwood walls!
It is a very interesting 100 year old estate. You see both the mansion and the grounds. It was an easy Uber ride from Miami Beach.
We spent a leisurely three hours, exploring the estate and the lovely gardens. Definitely do one of the tours if you can, although the audio tours are also good. And leave enough time to wander through the gardens the formal gardens are beautiful and the informal gardens our place to get lost and relax. And the history of the estate is intriguing.
So worth taking your time and soaking in all the history, visually stunning and a small adventure. We loved it
My wife and I visited Vizcaya Museum and Gardens during a Florida vacation. It is the second time we have been there but we had forgotten just how amazing this place is. If you are in the Miami area it is a ‘must see’ place to visit. Parking was straight forward but I would recommend booking online ahead of a visit. The Italianate mansion is spectacular with numerous displays and looked really good with all the Christmas decorations still in place. However, it is the surrounding 50-acre Italian renaissance gardens that are really impressive. Overlooking the sea there are a variety of stunning formal gardens. Highly recommended.
While visiting Miami this is a must see place, look at all their architecture, Gardens and it is extremely well kept...
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