Historic Sites

Built in the late 1800s, the former home of Ralph Middleton is one of the oldest homes in the county and is situated on the shore of Biscayne Bay in Coconut Grove. Here you have the chance to experience Miami's landscape style of long ago. The...  Read More

City of Coral Gables' Venetian Pool
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The fantastical Venetian Pool was created to satisfy the imaginative urges of local designer Denman Fink. In 1923, he transformed a rock quarry into a dramatically beautiful swimming pool that's still a favorite place to cool off. Its setting...  Read More

South Dade
Deering Estate
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Teeming with natural, archaeological and historical appeal, the Deering Estate proves endlessly engaging. Excavations at the bayfront compound originally owned by Charles Deering (whose brother James built Vizcaya) have uncovered the remains of...  Read More

Built in Spain in 1141, this Spanish monastery was taken apart and brought to the United States by William Randolph Hearst. The building is the oldest in the Western Hemisphere. Hearst intended the monastery to be reassembled in California, but...  Read More

Art Deco Historic District
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The streamlined buildings that comprise this district reflect the architecture of the '20s and '30s, when wealthy vacationers made Miami the resort destination of choice. The area, after its initial heyday, experienced a period of neglect, and...  Read More

Coral Castle

Latvian immigrant Edward Leedskalnin spent 28 years using only native coral rock and homemade tools to create this amazing structure. Although many theories have sought to explain why he took on the seemingly impossible task, the most popular is...  Read More

George E. Merrick founded the City of Coral Gables, and now the residents of the area pay homage to the developer at this lovely home. Built in the early 1900s and restored to its former glory, the home is still stocked with many of the personal...  Read More

Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

Constructed in 1916 for industrialist James Deering, this Italianate palace is often referred to as the Hearst Castle of the East. Intended to appear centuries-old at completion, it is absolutely rife with architectural detail and elaborate...  Read More

Fort Lauderdale
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Commonly referred to as "The Venice of America," Fort Lauderdale is also considered the yachting capital of the East Coast and is home to the International Swimming Hall of Fame. While the wealthy city stands on the cutting edge of fashion and...  Read More

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