Vizcaya Museum & Gardens is a historical mansion built in Biscayne Bay, Miami. It's great spot for a quick day trip. While there is no photography allowed within the estate, there is plenty to see and photograph in the surrounding gardens. The property is full of tropical flowers, classical statues, and even a beautifully crafted Barge. The estate is former summer home of James Deering of the Deering McCormick-International Harvester fortune. If you are in the area other activities include the Miami Seaquarium, which looks like it hasn't been renovated since the 70's and also the a childrens science museum which does a great 3D laser light show during the first Friday of every month.
We visited in June, and while it rains nearly daily during Florida summers, the rain doesn't last too long. It's easy to avoid the bad weather by exploring the inside when it's raining, and then checking out the gardens once the skies have cleared.
All in all, it's a great spot for nature or architectural photography, and it's certainly one of the most classically beautiful places Miami has to offer. If you're visiting South Florida, and you want a contrast to the beach or swamp scenery, Vizcaya does have a nice blend of art and nature.
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