Your guide to professional neighborhood tours in Miami.
Whether you’re a first timer or a frequent visitor, sometimes it helps to get the perspective of a professional on what there is to see, do and experience. However you decide to tour Miami - by air, water or land - you will be introduced to a wonderful world of natural and man-made sights and delights. Use the search tool above to find your perfect way to tour the city or take off on one of the following adventurous excursions with HistoryMiami.
Stiltsville and Key Biscayne Sunset Cruise
HistoryMiami's resident historian Dr. Paul George takes you on a relaxing boat ride to Stiltsville where you will learn how this once vivacious community was transformed into the seven houses that remain amidst the turquoise waters of Biscayne Bay. Known in the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s as a playground for wealthy and well-connected Miamians, Stiltsville was once home to the now infamous Crawfish Eddies and Bikini Club. Cruise past the Cape Florida Lighthouse on Key Biscayne, while listening to the history of Stiltsville, Key Biscayne and the city of Miami. Tour leaves from Bayside Marketplace at 401 Biscayne Blvd. and tickets are $60 for adults and $25 for children.
Design District Neighborhood Walk
Explore the heart of the Design District with HistoryMiami's Dr. Paul George. Learn how the cutting edge architecture and high-end boutiques evolved from the historic Buena Vista neighborhood. View public art installations, hear about the developer Craig Robins and learn about the neighborhood master plan created by Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk. Tours start at Luminaire Lab 3901 NE 2nd Ave. and are $30 per person.
A History of Street Art in Wynwood
Explore the Wynwood Art District with HistoryMiami and learn the story of how this textile warehouse and immigrant neighborhood, formerly known as “Little San Juan,” is quickly becoming the world’s largest outdoor art gallery. Stroll past huge murals and various street art displays as you listen to the history of graffiti from the advent of written language to today. Hear stories of the artists, residents and developers who made Wynwood home to over seventy galleries, five museums and seven art complexes. Tours starts at Panther Coffee, 2390 NW 2nd Ave. and tickets are $30 per person.
Downtown Archaeology & Architecture Walk
Walk along the confluence of the Miami River and Biscayne Bay in Downtown and learn about Miami’s history, from the Tequesta people to early pioneers and modern times. You'll view the art and architecture along the walk to an archaeological site. Tour starts at HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler Street and tickets are $30 per person.
Little Havana History & Culture Walk
Join a HistoryMiami tour guide on a fascinating tour of the world’s largest and best known Cuban neighborhood outside of Cuba. In Little Havana, sample a guava mojito as you mingle with local artists and preview over twelve art studios and private galleries. Along the way, learn the art of cigar making and discover rare Cuban art from early 19th and 20th century. See the Walkway of the Stars, paying homage to Latin American musicians, artists and entertainers. Stroll down Cuban Memorial Boulevard and hear highlights of important events in the Cuban exile experience. Tour starts at Los Pinarenos Fruteria at 1334 SW 8th Street and tickets are $30 per person.
La Petite Haiti Culture Walk
Learn about the Haitian diaspora with a HistoryMiami tour guide through the colorful neighborhood of Little Haiti. Visit the Little Haiti Cultural Center’s art galleries, shop at the Caribbean Marketplace and enjoy the rhythm and aromas from this vibrant community. Other tour stops include a botanica, Libreri Mapou Creole and French bookstore. Tour starts at the Little Haiti Cultural Center at 212 NE 59th Street and tickets are $30 per person.
Mystery, Mayhem and Vice Crime Bus Tour
Hear stories of mobsters, murderers, drug smugglers and bad guys on this bus ride with HistoryMiami's historian, Dr. Paul George. Visit the Miami City Cemetery, Bayfront Park, site of the attempted assassination of President Elect Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Coconut Grove home of convicted murderer Joyce Cohen and sites where the original “Miami Vice” TV series was filmed. On the way to the South Beach get a glimpse of the historic Palm Island, where Al “Scarface” Capone lived. Tour starts at HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler Street and tickets are $60 per person.
Islands of Biscayne Bay Boat Tour
Enjoy a cruise of Biscayne Bay from Indian Creek Village to South Beach, with Dr. Paul George. Along the way see the sites of homesteading communities Lemon City and Buena Vista, the islands that Christo wrapped and the famous hotels along the water. Tour leaves from Bayside Marketplace at 401 Biscayne Blvd. and tickets are $60 for adults and $25 for children.
Moon Over Miami Cruise
Enjoy an entertaining and relaxing ride under the stars with Dr. Paul George as he recounts the history of Miami. Learn the story of the Miami River from the late 19th century, and hear tales of the area’s earliest known inhabitants, the Tequesta Indians, all while cruising through Downtown. Tour leaves from Bayside Marketplace at 401 Biscayne Blvd. and tickets are $60 for adults and $25 for children.
From the wide ocean beaches in the east to the Everglades swamps in the west, discover a dazzling variety of Miami tour and sightseeing options arranged by experienced, friendly professionals. For more boat tours, read Wed & Wild Attractions: Water Parks and Boating Adventures in Miami. And to book a tour with HistoryMiami, register online, call 305-375-1621 (Mon. - Fri. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Miami Movie and TV Map Tour
Sure to be of interest to the TV or movie buff, is the fact that Miami has been the backdrop to many television series and movies - close to 90, in fact, spanning several decades. You have most likely seen some of them, perhaps not even realizing they were filmed, at least in part, somewhere in Miami or Miami Beach. From televison series' like, Flipper, Miami Vice, Dexter, Graceland, Burn Notice and Netflix series Bloodline, to movies like Scarface, James Bond's Goldfinger, Lenny, Absence of Malice, The Birdcage, Bad Boys and Ali, just to name a few, Miami provided the perfect setting.
Although this is only a virtual tour provided by FilMiami, of locations that have been used for filming, how cool would it be to actually visit those locations to get "up close and personal"? Whether it is a hotel, park, restaurant or other Miami venue, have fun exploring the actual locales of some of your favorite TV series and movies.
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