Miami South Beach Walking Tour (Self Guided), Miami

Miami Beach, a city in Miami-Dade County, Florida, has been one of America's pre-eminent beach resorts for almost a century. Miami Beach is a vibrant area with hip nightclubs, shops, restaurants and other places of interest. Take this walking tour to explore some of the city's most notable sites.
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Guide Name: Miami South Beach Walking Tour
Guide Location: USA » Miami (See other walking tours in Miami)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 Km or 2.5 Miles
Author: stacey
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Lincoln Road
  • Romero Britto Gallery
  • Espanola Way
  • World Erotic Art Museum
  • Lummus Park Beach
  • Ocean Drive
  • Collins Avenue
  • Joe’s Stone Crab
Lincoln Road

1) Lincoln Road (must see)

Lincoln Road, the popular name for Lincoln Road Mall is a pedestrian walk in Miami. It is located between Washington Avenue and Alton Road.

Lincoln Road was developed by real estate magnate Carl Fisher as Miami’s equivalent of Fifth Avenue in New York. In the 20s and 30s, it was the most fashionable shopping street in the South. The area suffered neglect after World War II. In 1960, architect, Morris Lapidus was commissioned by Miami Beach to rejuvenate Lincoln Road and the present mall was created. When the mall was opened to the public, it was one of the first outdoor pedestrian walkways in the country. Lincoln Road Mall was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2011.

Today the past glory of Lincoln Road has returned and it has some of the best shopping and restaurants in Miami. The structures have art deco and Mediterranean architectural styles and there are green spaces and water gardens to enhance the appearance of the mall. It has a multiplex cinema hall, a concert hall for the New World Symphony Orchestra and the 1111, Lincoln Road, parking installation designed by the Swiss design firm, Herzog and De Mueron. Visitors can also enjoy performances by street musicians while shopping or eating at one of Lincoln Road’s many cafes or restaurants.

Why You Should Visit:
This place is like an open-air mall. Part of it is closed off to traffic. Dining outside is plentiful.
Tours can be booked for many sites and attractions. The beach is nearby.
Even dogs are welcomed to dine with you and are given water by the waiters.
Romero Britto Gallery

2) Romero Britto Gallery

Romero Britto b. 1963, Recife, Brazil is a Brazilian neo-pop wall decorator, painter, serigrapher, and sculptor. He combines stereotyped elements of cubism, pop art and graffiti painting in his work. He is known for his contemporary work. Britto currently lives in Miami, Florida, where his work can be seen in many parts around the city. Britto has one main art gallery in Miami, on South Beach on Lincoln Road. Romero Britto creates a completely new expression that reflects his optimistic faith in the world around him. Eileen Guggenheim wrote it best when stating "Chagallís floating lovers seem to foreshadow so many of Britto's buoyant exultant couples." Alluding to influences of early and modern masters, Britto's pulsating colors, pop themes and commanding compositions have led him to become the premier contemporary Artist of his generation.

Operation hours: Sunday - Thursday: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm; Friday & Satuday: 10:00 am - 12:00 am
Sight description based on wikipedia
Espanola Way

3) Espanola Way

Española Way is a historic street between 14th and 15th street on Miami Beach, stretching from Washington Avenue to the western corners of Drexel Avenue. Española Way is a quaint and picturesque Spanish-inspired village designed in Mediterranean Revival style. In May 2017, the City of Miami Beach invested and completed a $2.5 million revitalization project on the pedestrian-only street. Today, Española Way is experiencing a renaissance, living out the intentions of those who built it nearly a century ago. It is a festive street where locals and travelers congregate to commiserate, create and celebrate.
World Erotic Art Museum

4) World Erotic Art Museum

For those people who haven’t seen the WEAM yet, you need to. This quirky museum is filled with lots of historical artifacts and information about ancient sexual practices, the role of sex in different cultures, and all-around just really cool stuff. If you need to kill some time before heading out to dinner, maybe grab a friend and head to this spot.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Lummus Park Beach

5) Lummus Park Beach (must see)

The Lummus Park is an open space in the heart of the city located on the Miami River. It is also the location of many structures of historic importance that date back to the days of the Pioneers.

Lummus Park was established in 1909 and was one of the first open recreational spaces in the city. Most of the buildings surrounding the park were built before 1926 and have Mediterranean revival or the earlier vernacular frame and masonry styles of architecture. The simple frame and masonry style developed because of the warm subtropical climate of the city, and the Mediterranean Revival were inspired by the architecture in southern European countries with similar climates. There is also an old Scottish Rite Temple and the Trinity CME Church in Lummus Park.

Lummus Park has two important landmark buildings that were shifted to the site to prevent their demolition. Fort Dallas is the earliest example of a native limestone structure and is a memorial to the military history of Miami. The other building of historical importance is the William Wagner House built between 1855 and 1858 by a well-known pioneer citizen who also established the first church in Miami Dade County. This house is the oldest braced frame and masonry Pioneer house in Miami. Besides these landmark structures, Lummus Park also has a playground and basketball courts for the recreation of local residents.

Why You Should Visit:
Great place to sit and feel the ocean breeze and people watch.
Also great for a boardwalk stroll, working out, running, surfing, cycling with rental bikes, and plenty of restaurants/nightclubs to choose from.
Ocean Drive

6) Ocean Drive (must see)

Merely walking on Ocean Drive is an irreplaceable Miami experience. The iconic Ocean Drive is the centerpiece of Miami’s Art Deco District and contains over 900 art-deco, 1950’s-style buildings, like the Colony Hotel, a South-Beach landmark, built in 1939. Walking down Ocean Drive is like walking through a time capsule, one where the past and present of Miami intersect. This is the perfect spot to people watch, take pictures and watch the nightlife of Miami unfold.
Collins Avenue

7) Collins Avenue

If you like excellent shopping, this is it. Unlike Lincoln Avenue, you can stroll along Collins best early morning when you receive wonderfully friendly service at typical US shops, including Steven Madden shoes, Victoria’s Secret , Guess and many more US brands. Traffic moves at max 25 mph and you can see all the posers and beautiful cars as you collect your items in some of the best free shopping bags in Miami. Go to Walgreens and spend an our in the cosmetics department plus some of the cheapest beach towel isles and Miami Beach flip flop offers. Then chill on the sidewalk with a coffee or beer.
Joe’s Stone Crab

8) Joe’s Stone Crab

Thanks to the quality of our crab and the dedication of owners and staff, since its inception in 1913, Joe’s Stone Crab is an iconic part of Miami’s culinary landscape. Owned and operated by the 3rd and 4th generations of the original family, Joe’s is seeped in tradition. Supported by a top-notch staff, some of whom have been with us for decades, Joe’s has created a welcoming, warm atmosphere that brings our customers coming back time and time again. Our love of food, family and friends is the key to our success. With our own fisheries, full-time butcher and commitment to consistent, premium ingredients, we ensure all our dishes are prepared and served with the utmost in quality and freshness.

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