Art Deco Walking Tour
- Art Deco Historic District
Lonely Planet review for Art Deco Walking Tour
There are excellent walking tours available for the Art Deco historic district - both guided and self-guided - but if you just want to hit the highlights, you can follow this quick and easy path.
Start at the Art Deco Welcome Center (1; ) at the corner of Ocean Dr and 10th St and step inside for a taste of deco style in its gift shop. Next, head north on Ocean. Between 12th and 14th St, you'll see three classic examples of deco hotels: the Leslie (2), with classic 'eyebrows' and a typically boxy shape; the Carlyle (3), which was featured in the film The Birdcage; and the graceful Cardozo Hotel (4), featuring sleek, rounded edges. At 14th St, peek inside the Winter Haven Hotel (5) to see its fabulous terrazzo floors. Turn left and head down 14th St to Washington Ave, and turn left again to find the US Post Office (6) at 13th St. Step inside to admire the domed ceiling and marble stamp tables. Two blocks down on your left is the 11th St Diner (7; ), a gleaming aluminum deco-style Pullman car (where you can also stop for lunch if you're hungry). At 10th St, you'll find the Wolfsonian (8; ), an excellent museum with many deco-era treasures, and across the street is the beautifully restored Hotel Astor (9). Turn left on 8th St and head one block to Collins Ave. On the corner, you'll see The Hotel (10) - originally the Tiffany Hotel and still topped by a deco-style neon spire bearing that name. Continue to Ocean Dr and turn right to see the Colony Hotel (11) and its famous neon sign, then double back to find the 1935 Edison Hotel (12), another creation of deco legend Henry Hohauser, half a block past 9th St.