The Miami Beach Architectural District, or ‘Miami Art Deco District’ as it’s now better known boasts the largest collection of Art Deco architecture found anywhere in the world. The district’s rich tapestry of historic buildings and culture makes the area one of Miami’s most popular and celebrated tourist destinations.

In 1979 the Art Deco District was officially recognised as a place worthy of preservation and listed on the US government’s National Register of Historic Places, making it one of the first cities to be listed on the register.

The district is made up predominantly of hotels and apartments, the majority of which were erected between 1923 and 1943. During this time the area was a hugely popular destination for fashionable vacation makers and a star-studded playground for the rich and famous.

But predictably, in the true spirit of all things fashionable, things soon changed.

Eventually the area became less-popular with tourists which lead to the area suffering a period of neglect and inevitably the glamorous locals were soon replaced by retirees. Thankfully in more recent decades the district has been reinvigorated and an steady injection of new buildings and businesses means the area is once again in vogue.

If you’re visiting the district for the first time there’s no better way than with the guidance of an expert. An official Art Deco District walking tour will typically last around 90 minutes and educate you on everything you need to know about the area’s historic architecture.

During a typical tour you can expect to explore some of the district’s many Miami Beach hotels, restaurants and a number of other buildings, you may even have an opportunity to look around inside.

The Art Deco Welcome Center is located on Miami Beach’s infamous Ocean Drive, making it an ideal location for vacation makers staying in any one of the many luxury hotels in Miami Beach or surrounding areas.

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