The Art Deco Welcome Center, located on Ocean Drive, offers insightful tours of South Beach’s famous Architectural Historic District. The 90-minute “Ocean Drive and Beyond” walking tour leads to Art Deco, Mediterranean Revival and Miami Modern (MiMo) style buildings while a tour guide provides interesting historical insights. The Welcome Center also features guided walking tours of Lincoln Road and Collins Avenue. The “Lincoln Road” tour examines the fascinating early history of Miami Beach while the “Collins Avenue” tour explores the historic hotels on Collins Avenue. The Art Deco Welcome Center also arranges private walking tours, self-guided walking tours, and bicycle tours, which cover larger areas of Miami Beach and its rich history.
The Art Deco Welcome Center houses the Miami Design Preservation League (MDPL) whose objective is to preserve Miami Beach’s historic collection of Art Deco buildings. To celebrate the architectural splendor of Art Deco style, the MDPL hosts the annual Art Deco Weekend Festival, one of the most popular events in South Florida. Almost half a million revelers have been known to descend on Ocean Drive, where artists, antique dealers, food vendors, musical and theatrical performers and dancers blend to create a colorful tapestry.
The Art Deco Welcome Center houses a gift shop featuring fun and funky treasures, including official Art Deco Weekend t-shirts, posters and knick-knacks. The gift shop also stocks off-beat art, books, and collectibles, such as Frank Lloyd Wright neckties and Art Deco soap dishes in retro shades of green, pink and white.
Hotels near the Art Deco Welcome Center are abundant. Clevelander Hotel, The Strand Ocean Drive, Essex House Hotel and Casa Grande Beach Suite Hotel offer comfortable accommodations one-tenth of a mile from the Welcome Center. New Clinton Hotel & Spa, Loews Miami Beach and Delano Hotel offer luxury accommodations less than one mile from the Art Deco Welcome Center.