Monday, December 6, 2010

Take a Tour with HistoryMiami

HistoryMiami is much more than a great museum! With experts like Dr. Paul George on staff, HistoryMiami is able to offer wonderful interactive tours of the most interesting parts of Miami, including Overtown, Little Havana, the mysterious Miami Circle, and the historic Miami Cemetery. Tours go on all year long; below is the upcoming schedule. For updates, see the HistoryMiami website. Remember that a lot of the tours fill up quickly, so make reservations!

Miami River Boat Tour

Sat., Dec. 11, 10am-1pm
Leaving from Bayside Marketplace
401 Biscayne Blvd., downtown Miami
Enjoy a leisurely boat ride with Historian Dr. Paul George four miles upriver along the same banks where ancient Tequesta Indians settled. See the famous Miami Circle archaeological site and witness the colorful tugboats, Haitian freighters, houseboats and drawbridges that bring life to the river. See the pink house of ousted Cuban President Fulgencio Batista and discover the hidden communities, parks, restaurants, freshwater springs and the site of the rapids. Advance reservations and payment required. 

New Year's Downtown Miami History Walking Tour

Sat., Jan. 15, 1pm-3pm

Leaving from HistoryMiami

101 W. Flagler Street, Miami

Celebrate the New Year with Historian Dr. Paul George on a unique tour of Art Deco and streamline moderne architecture throughout downtown Miami. Stroll along the river as you listen to tales of the Miami Circle and early Tequesta settlements. View the sites of the Brickell Mansion, Spanish missions, Flagler’s Royal Palm Hotel, and the Seminole trading post run by the Brickells. Advance reservations suggested.

House of Refuge to Historic MiMo Walking Tour

Sun., Jan. 16, 10am-noon

Leaving from the Buenos Aires Argentine Bakery

7134 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

Join guide Sylvia Gurinsky and traverse more than a century of history along Collins Avenue and Ocean Terrace. From the site of the Biscayne House of Refuge, once maintained to save the lives of shipwrecked sailors along
this isolated coast, to the Art Deco and MiMo (Miami Modern) hotels. Metered parking at 7300 Collins Avenue. Advance reservations suggested. MEMBERS: $20; NON-MEMBERS: $25

Everglades Chokoloskee and Ochopee Eco Coach Tour

Sat., Jan. 22, 9am-4pm

Departing from HistoryMiami

101 W. Flagler Street, Miami
Travel in an air-conditioned coach through the Everglades to Smallwood Store with Eco-historian Frank Schena. See alligators and bird life along the way and learn how Chokoloskee, home of the Calusa Indians during prehistoric times, became the trade center for homesteaders throughout the Ten Thousand Islands region. Tour also stops at the Big Cypress Preserve Visitor’s Center, Clyde Butcher’s gallery in Ochopee, and the Everglades Museum in Everglades City. Bring your lunch. Advance reservations and payment required. MEMBERS: $39; NON-MEMBERS: $44

Pinecrest Bike Tour
Sun., Jan. 23, 10am to noon

Meet at Pinecrest Public Library

5835 SW 111 Street, Pinecrest

Ride along with Historian Dr. Paul George on tree-shaded bike trails Henry
Flagler once used as a staging area for the Overseas Railroad to Key West. See the local sites including the Serpentarium and the original Parrot Jungle, now Pinecrest Gardens. Check out the farmer’s market in the area. Bring your own bike. Advance reservations suggested. MEMBERS: $20; NON-MEMBERS: $25

Secrets of Spring Garden Walking Tour
Sat., Jan. 29, 10am-1pm
Meet at 1017 NW 8 Court, Miami

Stroll with Historian Dr. Paul George through the shaded streets of one of Miami’s most delightful hidden neighborhoods--Spring Garden, on the
north bank of the Miami River. See the house dubbed the Hindu Temple, and learn of its unique history in early films. Examine unforgettable examples of Miami’s early architecture. Meeting point: Pink house with the Moorish dome. Advance reservations suggested. MEMBERS: $20; NON-MEMBERS: $25

Centennial Fort Lauderdale Intracoastal Boat Tour

Sun., Jan. 30, 9am-11am

Riverfront Las Olas, Ft. Lauderdale

Celebrate Fort Lauderdale’s Centennial with a cruise along the New River, the beautiful waterway that cuts through the city, with Historian Dr. Paul George. Admire the stunningly beautiful architecture of the mansions on the Intracoastal Waterway and see the Finger Islands, Tarpon Bend, Colee Hammock, the historic district, Riverwalk and the Stranahan House. Advance reservations and payment required. *MEMBERS: $39; NON-MEMBERS: $44
*Rate also applies to Ft. Lauderdale Historical Society Members

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