Planning Your Visit

WELCOME TO VIZCAYA

Experience the Gilded Age at James Deering’s 1916 winter estate, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. You’ll be inspired to embrace the cultural vitality and environmental sustainability of the world around us. Connect with the past, understand the present and shape the future by exploring the resources found here.

BUILD YOUR OWN EXPERIENCE

Whether you’re a garden lover or a history buff, you can make Vizcaya your own. Review the tabs below to explore Vizcaya your own way.
Visitor holding a smartphone that displays the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens app, which includes the audio tour and other digital experiences.
 AUDIO TOURS ARE FREE WITH YOUR ADMISSION PURCHASE

The audio tour is available in a Vizcaya Museum and Gardens app, which can be downloaded from the Apple Play Store or used on your web browser.

Get insights on the design and history of the gardens by taking an audio tour during your visit.

Instructions to access the app are included with your confirmation email for your admission purchase.

For visitors looking to dive a little deeper into Vizcaya’s history and design, you can check out mini-tours on our YouTube channel.

You can also go behind the scenes and inside restricted spaces with the Secret Doors Video Tour. Click below to start exploring!

IT’S UNBELIEVABLE THE PLACE AND THE HISTORY IT KEEPS INSIDE IT. NO ONE SHOULD MISS VISITING THIS PLACE.

- Arnoldo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

ACCESSIBILITY AND INCLUSION AT VIZCAYA

Everyone’s welcome at Vizcaya

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is an enduring, inclusive, and innovative place that inspires people to embrace the cultural vitality and environmental sustainability of the world around us. We welcome all guests to engage with us as we connect with the past, understand the present, and shape the future. We want to hear your voice, understand your point of view, and welcome you to our community.

Vizcaya is pleased to welcome visitors identifying as disabled with discounted admission as well as complimentary admission for an accompanying caregiver.

Parking and arrival

If you have accessibility needs for parking, please contact Security in the parking lot upon arrival and they can assist you with locating the accessible parking locations.

Uneven floors and terrain

All visitors should be aware and cautious of the many steps and uneven floors and terrain throughout Vizcaya’s Main House, gardens and grounds.

There are accessible parking spaces in the main parking lot and in the service area on the south side of the Main House. Drivers who need to drop off visitors with limited mobility near the wheelchair lift, please alert the security officer in the main parking lot and proceed to the service area. However, you will need to purchase your tickets at the Admissions Booth.

In accordance with titles II and III of the ADA, Vizcaya welcomes service dogs only. Service dogs must be housebroken as well as harnessed, leashed, or tethered to their accompanying individual.

With the exception of service animals that meet the federal government’s guidelines for animals trained to perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a qualifying disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), visitors are not permitted to bring animals onto Vizcaya property. Visitors may not bring any other animals onto Vizcaya property, including but not limited to pets or emotional support animals.

Map of the Vizcaya estate
Wheelchairs are available for loan on a first-come, first-served basis. When you arrive, please inform the Admissions attendant of your wish to borrow a wheelchair. They will notify a security officer to have one ready by the Service Area next to the Main House.

In accordance with titles II and III of the ADA, Vizcaya welcomes service dogs only. Service dogs must be housebroken as well as harnessed, leashed, or tethered to their accompanying individual.

With the exception of service animals that meet the federal government’s guidelines for animals trained to perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a qualifying disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), visitors are not permitted to bring animals onto Vizcaya property. Visitors may not bring any other animals onto Vizcaya property, including but not limited to pets or emotional support animals.

In accordance with titles II and III of the ADA, Vizcaya welcomes service dogs only. Service dogs must be housebroken as well as harnessed, leashed, or tethered to their accompanying individual.

With the exception of service animals that meet the federal government’s guidelines for animals trained to perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a qualifying disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), visitors are not permitted to bring animals onto Vizcaya property. Visitors may not bring any other animals onto Vizcaya property, including but not limited to pets or emotional support animals.

Sign Language interpreters are available to accompany a guided tour of the Main House. We require at least five working days’ advance notice.

To make arrangements for a Sign Language interpreter, email vizcayainformation@vizcaya.org

Vizcaya has fully accessible restrooms located on the south side of the Main House and Oval Plaza near the Garden Mound. Visitor restrooms (men’s and women’s) include changing tables (diaper changing is not permitted inside the Main House). Gender-neutral restrooms are located behind the men’s and women’s restrooms on the south side of the Main House.
Close-up of east side of Main House showing the weather vane.

The first floor of the Main House is mostly accessible to visitors using wheelchairs, with the exception of the East Loggia and the Entrance Loggia. Please enter through the ramp and lift on the south side of the house (to the right of the main entrance, through the arched gateway), with assistance from a security officer.

An interactive Virtual Access Tour located next to the Flower Room on the first floor of the Main House allows virtual access to the second floor, tower rooms and non-accessible areas of the gardens. Information for the Virtual Access Tour is offered in English and Spanish.

Vizcaya's Formal Gardens in photo taken from the South Terrace.

The central portions of the formal gardens are accessible, but visitors should be aware that the paths are primarily dirt and gravel, rather than paved. In addition, the Garden Mound, Maze Garden, Theater Garden, Tea House, Boat Landing, Secret Garden and the West Statuary Walk have limited or no access.

For more information on access services, email vizcayainformation@viz-archive.cuberis.com or call 305-860-8412.
Please visit the federal ADA website for additional information.

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