By: Elizabeth Becker/Blogger
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is a favorite among locals and tourists alike due to the beautifully designed mansion and lush gardens located on the pristine waters of Biscayne Bay. Built between 1914 and 1922 by agricultural industrialist James Deering (Vice-President of International Harvester until 1909) and designer Paul Chalfin, Vizcaya’s historical importance is enhanced by the fact that it still contains original furnishings and antiques from Deering’s residence in the home.
Time Travel ranks Vizcaya number nine on its Top Ten Miami Attractions list and describes it as a “rambling Italianate mansion” that is “surrounded by acres of serene European-style gardens chockablock with fountains and statuary”. Time Travel recommends bringing your camera to capture the beauty of one of the most unique pieces at Vizcaya – the Venetian Barge Sculpture. Carved from Florida Limestone and situated in Biscayne Bay right along the shoreline it “makes for one of the most sublime sunset photo ops in Miami”.
Don’t forget that you can get into the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens for free with a Miami-Dade Library Pass
Hours and Visitor Information:
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens are open daily except Tuesdays, Thanksgving, and Christmas Day from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Vizcaya is located at 3251 South Miami Avenue | 305-250-9133