Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
4.5
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
About
Built in 1916 as a winter retreat, this lavish villa is a tribute to the Italian Renaissance. The museum contains much of the original furnishings and artwork, and is surrounded by lush, formal gardens.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Neighborhood: Coconut Grove
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  • Vizcaya • 8 min walk
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  • twovisitors
    Durham, North Carolina91 contributions
    A garden of Eden near Miami
    Great from beginning to end. Parking was very easy. Online ticketing is rather weird since you can't walk to the window to buy your way in. Once in, however, the grounds are extraordinary and the home is magnificent. Wear walking shoes and plan what you want to see (in advance). The home has 3 levels and there are no elevators. The stairs are easily navigated, but one side has no handrail for the elderly. Washrooms are readily available (walking again). Lots and lots of photo ops. If you love flowers and gardens, this is the place in view of Miami (in the distance). There are plenty of benches to sit on and rest for a while. A cafe is available although we did not eat there. Easily this could be a 5-hour visit (with lunch). Lots to see and enjoy.
    Visited December 2022
    Written January 4, 2023
  • Diane K
    Venice, Florida3,999 contributions
    Reminded me of Europe
    I felt like I was in Europe when we were touring through the house and gardens. The part I liked best was out by the Bay where we saw iguanas. I felt it was somewhat overpriced at $50 for the 2 of us. We were there a little over 1.5 hours.
    Visited January 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 9, 2023
  • Richard_Harpum
    1,807 contributions
    Fabulous gardens and interesting Italianate mansion
    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.
    Visited January 2023
    Written January 14, 2023
  • fancydancer59
    Minneapolis, Minnesota65 contributions
    Great, for lovers of history, architecture, and gardens!
    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.
    Visited January 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 21, 2023
  • Pat N
    27 contributions
    worth a trip for one time
    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!
    Visited January 2023
    Written February 4, 2023
  • ClaudiaHampsher
    Chicago, Illinois56 contributions
    A Chicago Winter Get-away
    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.
    Visited January 2023
    Written February 5, 2023
  • TravelerWithOpinions
    Boston, Massachusetts526 contributions
    Worth a visit
    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.
    Visited February 2023
    Written February 18, 2023
  • Taylor B
    Chicago, Illinois8,751 contributions
    The Hearst Castle of the East
    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.
    Visited February 2023
    Written February 18, 2023
  • James c
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma186 contributions
    European style villa in miami
    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.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 6, 2023
  • phil-the-badger
    Thornbury, United Kingdom373 contributions
    Fabulous gardens
    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.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 11, 2023
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Sarah F
Norfolk, VA3 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
My husband remembered visiting this site with his parents as a child, so we gave it a try while in Coral Gables with a few free hours. Lovely setting, well organized, runs smoothly. You can download the tour on an app so you don’t miss anything. Many treasures, good historical context, beautiful gardens, friendly service at shop and cafe
Written 30 November 2023
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BC-Westcoaster
Vancouver, Canada315 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
The villa and the gardens are beautiful, and there is some signage around the house explaining the history, but I'd recommend doing a guided tour, which is offered 4 times per day, to get the most out of your visit. There is a self-guided audio tour that you can do, but unless you bring your own earbuds or headphones you can't really use it, plus because we were traveling we were relying on wifi so couldn't have downloaded the tour anyway. At $25 per person it's a pretty expensive walk around a house.
Written 29 November 2023
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Gardengel-IoW
West Sussex, UK766 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Went into house first. Very decadent and full of interesting artifacts. Quite dark in the rooms, presumably to protect the collections. The central courtyard was a lovely with all its potted greenery and it was good to be able to view it from the balconies overlooking it. Great spiral staircase.
The garden; lots of trees and generally surprisingly green. More structure and formality to it than planting. What spoilt it for me was the number of professional photos shoots going on, at least 7. I understand these are a money maker, but they really detract from the enjoyment of the garden, as they spend too long in each area and sometimes the next group was hovering to get into the same spot.
It was also upsetting to see the amount of rubbish accumulated in the mangrove area. There was a notice explaining about a survey that had been done that established the rubbish is all local. That didn’t deal with the problem. Surely someone could go in and clear it on a regular basis, given the high profile of this property and the fact that the waterfront plays a big part in the whole place.
There are several ponds and water features, although a couple had been drained. A nice little orchid garden that you really need to step into to appreciate.
There is a small café with indoor and outdoor seating. The gift shop is disappointingly small within the café area.
It was about $25 each way by Lyft from Coral Gables.
Written 27 November 2023
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The Pidge
Wayne, NJ581 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is a gorgeous garden surrounding an old waterfront mansion, so there's natural beauty as well as history to be enjoyed. Much of the mansion is open for exploration, which made this an all-morning indulgence for me. Allow yourself enough time to fully appreciate everything there is to experience.
Written 11 November 2023
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Jill
Blaine, MN62 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
It has beautiful grounds and the home was very cool to tour the home had unusual design,architecture and artifacts.

We drove and paid on site.
Written 8 October 2023
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Lovetotravel
8 contributions
Sep 2023 • Friends
Not sure if I can fit everything amazing I need to say about this place in one review. Incredible doesn’t even cover our experience here. Went for a friends birthday cause he’s a history nerd and we stayed till just before closing. There was not a single part of the villa or gardens that didn’t blow me away and make me awe in the incredibleness of the space.

My biggest tip is to bring an umbrella with you for shade when you’re walking along in the gardens and outside the villa. It was one of the things that was recommended when I brought our tickets online and we were so happy that we listened, it allowed us to explore the outside grounds comfortably and pace ourselves as we weren’t roasting in the brutal Florida sun. The villa itself was surprising cool with some much appreciated air condition. Another amazing thing I loved was the cafe they have there! They have a beautiful indoor and outdoor seating area and had some real sandwiches, some pastries, and the best part, they had ice cream!
My other biggest tip is to make sure that you have plenty of storage left on your phone for pictures.
All in all, it was a steel for the ticket prices and we had such an amazing time and definitely won’t be forgetting it anytime soon.
Written 27 September 2023
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Karen V
Springfield, MO134 contributions
Sep 2023 • Friends
Vizcaya was a beautiful and interesting home set on the water. We did not participate in the formal tour of the house, but we enjoyed touring the home on our own and we learned a lot about Mr. Deering’s life and the history of the property. We also strolled the beautiful gardens. If you’re a fan of architecture, interior design, or history, this is a must. I also have to add that all the staff we interacted with during our visit were very professional and went out of their way to ensure guests enjoyed the visit.
Written 24 September 2023
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Bnizzle76
Indianapolis, IN282 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
We bought tickets at the entrance for $25 per person on Saturday, SEP 22, and spent 2-3 hrs touring the mansion and gardens. It wasn’t crowded. The rooms are beautifully decorated and accurately reflect the time period- be sure and explore all 3 floors. We especially enjoyed the lovely gardens and fountains.
Written 22 September 2023
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Kelly B
Iowa4,350 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
My husband and I arrived about 15 minutes before the opening time. We were easily able to find parking in Vizcaya’s lot at that time. When we left a few hours later, the lot was full.

At the advice of one of the docents, we started out in the gardens first since it was so hot. The gardens are beautiful, with many fountains. It’s a popular place for professional photographs of brides and birthday girls, so that was slightly annoying: having to wait until they were done to take pictures of the fountains and stonework.

The house was equally gorgeous. Most of the rooms are open to the public, although many are blocked off by a rope, so you just peek in. There is a third floor as well, so don’t miss that! The stairs aren’t obvious like on the first floor.

We ate at the cafe afterwards, in the basement of the house. It was okay.
Written 11 September 2023
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amomfromnyc
New York City, NY107 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
Fun and informative visit! Really enjoyed the Main House tour for an additional small fee which reviewed how James Deering and his guests and staff would have lived and worked at Vizcaya. The main part of the house is air conditioned so one can enjoy admiring the architecture and furnishings.
Written 2 September 2023
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