Guided Tours

Boat Tours

Duck Tours Miami. Like the campy duck tours that originated in Boston and are now commonplace in several cities across the United States, duck-themed amphibious WWII vehicles make daily 90-minute tours of Miami that combine land and sea views. Comedy, quacks, and cheese are part of the mix. There are deep discounts for kids. 1661 James Ave., South Beach, Miami Beach, Florida, 33139. 305/673–2217; www.ducktourssouthbeach.com. $32.

Island Queen Cruises. Working with nine boats, experiences on the very touristy Island Queen Cruises run the gamut—sunset cruises, dance cruises, fishing cruises, speedboat rides, and their signature, tours of Millionaire's Row, Miami's waterfront homes of the rich and famous. The Island Queen, Island Lady, and Miami Lady are three double-decker, 140-passenger tour boats docked at Bayside Marketplace that set sail daily for 90-minute narrated tours of the Port of Miami and Millionaires' Row. 401 Biscayne Blvd., Downtown, Miami, Florida, 33132. 800/910–5119; www.islandqueencruises.com. From $19.

Walking Tours

Art Deco District Walking Tour. Operated by the Miami Design Preservation League, this is a 90-minute guided walking tour that departs from the league's welcome center at Ocean Drive and 10th Street. It starts at 10:30 am daily, with an extra tour at 6:30 pm Thursday. Alternatively, you can go at your own pace with the league's self-guided iPod audio tour, which also takes roughly an hour and a half. 1001 Ocean Dr., South Beach, Miami Beach, Florida, 33139. 305/763–8026; www.mdpl.org. $25 guided tour, $20 self-guided audio tour.

Little Havana Arts & Culture Walk. Cultural institution HistoryMiami (formerly the Historical Museum of Southern Florida) runs some fabulous art and cultural tours of Little Havana (spiked with plenty of Cuban coffees and cigars, of course). Enjoy the unique architecture of this ethnic enclave and community history by visiting art galleries, botanicas, cigar factories, and the Cuba Ocho Art and Research Center, featuring rare Cuban art from early 19th and 20th century. The two-hour tour is offered monthly and leaves from the juice stand and market Los Pinareños Fruteria at 6 pm. Tours aren't available every month, so check the HistoryMiami calendar on the website ahead of time to book. 1334 S.W. 8 St., Little Havana, Miami, Florida, 33134. 305/375–1492; www.historymiami.org. $30.

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