Foot-powered tours used to be the most popular way to see local attractions until prowling gangs of art critics began to target and loudly opine over the actual guides. Outrun rogue critics on two wheels with today’s Groupon: for $29, you get an art-deco bicycle tour from Rolling Bees (a $59 value). Tours begin in the heart of the art-deco district on James Avenue in South Beach, departing daily at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.
With a cadre of certified, astute guides alongside a bevy of bicycles, Rolling Bees blends the joy of bicycling with the majesty of Miami art-deco-style attractions. Moving at a leisurely pace that’s suitable for all fitness levels, the tour begins with a brief bike fitting and safety orientation, in which cyclists learn such important tips as “keep eyes open” and “don’t push the big red ejection-seat button.”
Each tour traverses the streets and beachfront for about 2.5 hours, wheeling past landmarks such as the Versace mansion, the Lincoln Road Theater, the Bass Art Museum, and the lush botanical gardens. Along the route, area-savvy guides expound upon the history and prominent features of each sight while riders eye-inhale the splendidly molded architecture and the shimmering ocean. Patrons parched from the heat can opt to dip into Nikki Beach along the way or grab refreshments from Monty's Restaurant at the Miami Beach Marina.
For entranced riders who have grown attached to the marriage of architecture and biwheeled transit, Rolling Bees happily lets patrons hang on to the bike for the rest of the day after the conclusion of the tour, giving them a chance to bike down the beachfront or escape from maniacal robots riding on tricycles.
Seven TripAdvisors give Rolling Bees' art-deco bicycle tour a perfect average of five owl eyes:
- By far the Art Deco tour we took was the coolest part of the trip. We rented a pair of bikes and took the tour of Miami. It was a really easy and relaxing way to check out Miami. – grizka79
- My wife and I rented a pair of cruisers and did the Art Deco Tour. The tour went at a perfect pace so we were able to soak in all of the cool Miami history and architecture. – Melfoof
1655 James Ave.
Miami Beach, Florida 33139Get Directions