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Visiting Vizcaya

January 10, 2012 by admin in Places, Things to do with 0 Comments
Miami Staycation Activities - Vizcaya

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A Miami staycation is not complete without a visit to the venerable museum of Vizcaya. Once the winter home of a wealthy industrialist, Vizcaya now serves as a facility that allows visitors to enjoy the architecture, interior design and luxury of the Gilded Age. Take a step back through time to the 1920s at the Vizcaya museum and grounds.

How To Get There
Vizcaya in Miami is located on South Miami Avenue in the Coconut Grove section of the city. It is within walking distance from downtown Miami and a pleasant bike ride from Key Biscayne. You can take the Miami Metrorail to the Vizcaya station, making the museum a convenient stop for those enjoying a Miami staycation.

History
Vizcaya was built as the residence of industrialist James Deering for the winter months. He was Vice President of International Harvester Company, manufacturer of agricultural equipment for the world market. Building began in 1910 and was completed in 1916. The population of the city of Miami at this time was only 10,000 people. Mr. Deering saw the beauty of ocean view and chose the location to build his home, with garden, farm and service buildings to maintain the property. It was modeled on Italian estates that have existed for hundreds of years, and was intended to appear as if it had been maintained and improved upon by generations of family members. Deering resided in Vizcaya during the winter months of 1916 to 1925. Many decades after his death, the heirs sold the property to Dade County. Vizcaya is toured by people from around the world, as well as by local residents enjoying their Miami staycation.

What To See At Vizcaya
Vizcaya in Miami offers a number of collections for visitors to enjoy. Each room of the main house provides visitors with a rich array of artistic treasures imported from Europe. The gardens are among the most popular features of Vizcaya in Miami. The Maze Garden and Secret Garden offers photographic opportunities, so bring your camera.
The view of Biscayne Bay from the rear patio is not be missed. You will understand what inspired Mr. Deering to build his beautiful villa on the water. Taking the children to see Vizcaya for your Miami staycation is an event they will remember all their lives.

When To Go To Vizcaya
Vizcaya is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. except on Tuesday when it is closed. The museum is also closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Plan your family’s Miami staycation visit to Vizcaya in Miami around these times.

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