Welcome to Miami! Smart Walking Tour's Miami tour brings you to 18 popular sites in Miami, at a fraction of the price other tours charge!
Included in each tour stop is an audio recording explaining the significance of the site, a list of "Quick Facts," historical pictures when possible, and a present day picture of the site.
Our app works without a data connection so there's no worry about data limits, or roaming fees! A map with route map is built in so you can easily get from one site to another.
Here's a just a few of the exciting sites you'll visit as you make your way through Downtown Miami:
-The Miami Circle- Before skyscrapers dotted the shoreline of Biscayne Bay, it was the Tequesta Indians that lived in the tropical wilderness that is today known as Miami. Find out what was discovered in 1998 at 401 Brickell Avenue, and how it forever changed the history of Miami.
-The Royal Palm Hotel Site- The epicenter of winter social life for high society, the Royal Palm Hotel was built by Henry Flagler in 1896, and was the catalyst for future development in Miami.
-Palm Cottage- Henry Flagler, known as the Father of Miami, was born in Hopewell, New York in 1830. Find out what brought him to Florida, and how his company, the Florida East Coast Railway, tamed the tropical wilderness of the state.
-The Olympia Theater- One of the coolest buildings Downtown, the Olympia opened in 1926, and is the last remaining theater of the time.
-Old US Post Office- Completed in 1914, the Old US Post Office and Courthouse was Miami's second such facility. Home to the Post Office, Courthouse, Customs Office, Weather Station, and Immigration Inspector, the Old US Post Office is built in a Neo-Classical style, and is one of the oldest buildings Downtown.
-Gesu Catholic Church- Tracing its roots back to 1872, Catholicism in Miami arrived even before Henry Flagler's railroad. Find out when Gesu was opened, and learn about the stunning architectural features it sports.
-Congress Building- A building within a building, the Congress Building was originally constructed in 1923 with only five stories.
-Freedom Tower- One of the most notable sites in Miami, Freedom Tower was originally home to Miami's newspaper, the Miami Daily News and Metropolis. Find out how Fidel Castro's rise to power in Cuba dramatically increased the number of Cuban refugees coming to Miami, and eventually led to News Tower being renamed Freedom Tower.
-Bayfront Park- Once known as the Front Porch of Miami, Bayfront Park has had a history of highs and lows, and was actually at one point completely underwater.
-Simpson Hammock Park- Different looking than much of Miami's landscape today, Simpson Park is a preserved hammock that shows off native plants, and brings visitors back to what it was like when the Tequesta Indians roamed the land.
Plus much, much more!
The 1.1.0 version of the Miami Walking Tour features all new, crystal clear audio narratives of each site, as well as mini maps at the end of each tour stop's photo stream!