I grew up in South Florida, and lived in Miami for two years. Whenever I mention that to people, I get mixed responses: people seem to either love or hate Miami. Well, I loved living there! Yes, traffic is a nightmare, and some of the country’s worst drivers run amuck. But I got to hear all the different languages, discover new music and art, and eat my way through the world. And that was enough to win me over. During my time in Miami, one of the most beautiful and iconic places I got to explore was the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. Located in Coconut Grove, Vizcaya is a National Historic Landmark that recently celebrated its centennial. The museum is famous for its history, architecture, lush gardens, art collections, and the only remaining native forests in Miami.
According to its namesake PBS documentary, Vizcaya is one of the country’s most intact remaining estates from the Gilded Age. It is an absolute must-visit for history and architecture lovers.
VISITING VIZCAYA WITH KIDS
At the time I last visited, I was not a mom yet, but I think kids would also enjoy the estate! Take a look at the logistics of visiting Vizcaya with kids, since there are some restrictions. Also remember to check the weather for extremely high temps, humidity, and rain.
- Free parking
- Free entrance for children under 5 and military personnel with ID.
- $6 for Children 6-12
- $10 for students with ID and wheelchair visitors
- $18 for adults
Food & Drinks
Unfortunately, you can’t take your own food or drinks; instead, you can purchase them at the Vizcaya Café and Shop, which offers a children’s menu. No food or drinks the main house either.
Diaper Bags & Strollers
You can’t take large bags, even if attached to strollers. As for strollers, only single strollers may enter the house (larger ones are allowed only in the gardens). Vizcaya does not have a public elevator, so you might have to carry yours up the stairs or leave it by the front entrance. If you have a baby carrier, you must wear in the front, not as a backpack.
Overall, Vizcaya is a lovely place to visit. I would recommend visiting during the cooler months, and allowing a few hours for the visit. There are so many Insta-worthy photo ops, the gardens are magnificent, the view of the bay is always breathtaking, and you might even spot some wildlife.