Located along the edge of Biscayne Bay, the 450 acre Deering Estate is an environmental, archaeological and historic preserve that offers unique opportunities to experience Florida’s natural resources. It has been on the National Register of Historic Places for 35 years.
The Deering Estate preserves the 1920s era Miami estate of Charles Deering, Chicago industrialist, early preservationist, environmentalist, art collector, philanthropist and first chairman of the International Harvester Company. Nestled along the coast in South Dade, the Deering Estate is a cultural asset and historic site listed on the National Register of Historic Places. As a 21st Century museum destination for tourists and local residents, a variety of signature events, programs, tours and classes are offered throughout the year. From canoe tours to butterfly walks and guided nature hikes, the Deering Estate has diverse activities for the whole family to enjoy.
The Estate offers tours of lush natural areas where fossil bones have been found as far back at 50,000-100,000 years. Nature Preserve Tours are held daily October through May at 12:30pm. Paleo Indians, Tequesta, Seminoles, Afro-Bahamians, and Anglo-Americans have at different times, lived on the land encompassed by the Estate. Today's visitors can journey through native habitats to visit the Tequesta midden and walk an ancient Tequesta trail during the seasonal 12:30 Nature Preserve Tours. The Deering Estate's naturalists and guides educate us about human’s interaction with the surrounding native habitats through time and showcase artifacts ranging from the end of the ice age to those used by Tequesta Indians who thrived in the region for hundreds of years before the Spanish colonial era.
The Deering Estate is also a cultural and educational facility that features classes and programs for children and adults, teacher training and research opportunities. The Estate serves as a small conference center for community organizations and corporate groups who share Charles Deering’s interest in the environment, botany, history, fine arts, antiques, rare books and wine. Rental of the Estate is available for special social functions, making it a popular south Florida wedding venue.
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