Audio tour showcases South Beach
Discovery Miami Beach is a self-guided audio tour that showcases “29 of the most important places in South Beach’s past and present.” Located at the Art Deco Welcome Center at 1001 Ocean Drive, the tour, which is available in English, Spanish and Portuguese, can be utilized on foot or via bicycle, automobile or double-decker bus using a map and media player. Narrated by experts on South Beach history, culture and society, users can “stop and play” along the way.
“Discovery Miami Beach is not a conventional tour because it gives patrons the freedom and flexibility to take an extra step and ‘live’ the city,” says co-founder Krieger. “The tour can be completed in approximately 90 minutes, but our rental periods allow four hours so that customers can explore the restaurants, museums and hotels they are learning about.”
Customers receive a media player, headphones and map indicating by number and illustration each of the places highlighted on the tour, and start the process by entering the assigned number into the player.
There 29 South Beach destinations featured on the tour include: Casa Casuarina, the Mediterranean Revival-style mansion that was once home to fashion designer Gianni Versace; the Delano hotel, named after Franklin Delano Roosevelt; New World Symphony, a structural homage to creativity founded by Michael Tilson Thomas to prepare highly gifted graduates in musical arts; Cameo, birthplace of the South Beach club scene, celebrity hotspot and catalyst of the “Super DJ” boom of the late ‘90s; the 5th St. Gym, the training site for boxing legend Muhammad Ali; and Joe’s Stone Crab Restaurant, the eatery that introduced the world to cold stone crabs and boasts a history of notable clientele, from J. Edgar Hoover to Al Capone.
Narrative contributions are provided by eight locals with first-hand knowledge of the city’s inner workings—whose perspective is not available from traditional tour guides—and include: Seth Bramson, one of Miami’s foremost historians; Miami-based world-renowned artist Romero Britto; public historian for the Miami Design Preservation League Jeff Donnelly; Matti Herrera Bower, the current and first Hispanic Mayor of Miami Beach; and Tara Solomon, former “Queen of the Night” columnist for The Miami Herald who documented the city’s nightlife scene in its infancy.
The tour is available seven days a week, 365 days a year. The cost of a walking tour is $14.95. Discovery Miami Beach also offers DecoBike cycling tours for $29.95, as well as BigBus, which accommodates individuals, large groups, educational tours and parties on its red double-decker buses for $39.95 and offers patrons hop-on/hop-off privileges at various sites. Tickets may also be purchased at the Miami Beach Convention Center Visitor Center, DecoBike Kiosks and through various hotel concierge and rental partners throughout Miami Beach. For more information, call 305-672-9941 or visit www.discoverymiamibeach.com.