GEOAMERICAS 2016 COMPANION TOURS & SOUTH BEACH ATTRACTIONS
Plenty to do in walking distance of the hotel. Just leave the Lowes hotel either street side or via the beach front boardwalk to discover all that South Beach has to offer.
South Beach has been called the American Riviera and an Art Deco Playground. Yet there’s more than fine white sand and colorful buildings to South Beach’s fantasyland of exuberant Deco architecture. South Beach offers an eclectic mix of world-class boutiques, galleries and stores. It’s also a culinary hot spot for everything from gourmet to casual beachside cuisine. At night, South Beach comes alive with crowds ready to go out and have a world-class evening out.
South Beach is the Miami of postcards. The daytime destinations on the island are as notable, and perhaps, more memorable, than the nightlife. The clear blue water and the white sand beaches are a must-see for any Miami visitor. If you’re taking a break from the sun, check out one of the many museums, shops or historic buildings in the area. Take a stroll and see the Art Deco buildings that are an iconic part of the city and its “sun and fun” history. Soak it all in; there are certainly more than enough things to do in South Beach, Miami.
Looking for more … Join any of the 3 companion tours offered at GeoAmericas 2016. Preregistration for the tours is recommended and be done in the GeoAmericas Registration System, tours have limited seats and may become full or may be canceled due to lack of attendees.
FLORIDA EVERGLADES ADVENTURE
Full Day Companion Tour | Monday 11 April
The Florida Everglades is one of North America’s unsung wild places – a captivating rugged, subtropical landscape experienced by a relative few. It is a resource important not only for its natural heritage and spiritually enriching powers, but for its commercial and recreational values as well. The Everglades Adventure from Miami takes attendees on a visit to the largest remaining Everglades swamp-land in the world!
This tour will take most of the day, the cost is $135, per person and includes:
- Admission to Everglades Park
- Professional Tour Guide
- One-hour Airboat Tour
- Alligator Wildlife Show
- Access to jungle walking trail and reptile exhibits
- Bottled water
- Ear plugs
- Chocolate Alligators
All applicable gratuities
VILLA VIZCAYA MUSEUM AND GARDENS
Half Day Companion Tour | Monday 11 April
Step back in time when you visit the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, a beautiful Italian renaissance-styled villa built in 1916. The museum is decorated and furnished with antiques from Europe, visitors will not only receive a glimpse of Miami’s history, but also that of the European 1700s. Today, Vizcaya is owned by the Miami-Dade County and has been designated as a National Historic Landmark.
9:30 am – 12:45 pm
$90 per person for the House and Garden Tour Includes:
- Transportation to/from Vizcaya
- Admission to the House and Gardens
- Bottled water
- Tour Guide
ART DECO WALKING TOUR
2hr Companion Tour | Tuesday 12 April
Miami Beach’s building boom came during the second phase of Art Deco known as Streamline Moderne, which began with the stock market crash and ended in most cases with the outbreak of World War II. It was less decorative and a more sober reflection of the Great Depression. It relied on machine-inspired forms, and American ideas in industrial design. It was buttressed by the belief that time would get better and was infused with the optimistic futurism extolled at America’s World Fairs of the 1930s. Stripped Classic or Depression Moderne were sub-styles often used for governmental buildings, the US Post Office is the best example of this in Miami Beach. Miami Beach architects used local imagery to create what we now call Tropical Deco. These buildings feature relief ornamentation with whimsical flora, fauna and ocean-liner motifs, reinforcing the Miami-Beach seaside culture.
This is a two-hour tour, the cost is $45 per person, and includes:
- Tour guide
- Bottled water
Preregistration for the tours is recommended and be done in the GeoAmericas Registration System, tours have limited seats and may become full or may be canceled due to lack of attendees.