Our History

Located along the edge of Biscayne Bay, the 444-acre Deering Estate is an environmental, archaeological and historic preserve that offers unique opportunities to experience Florida’s natural resources. Visitors enjoy daily tours of historic homes, hikes through the lush natural areas, opportunities to examine fossils and tools left behind by pre-historic humans, and much more.  The Deering Estate is a cultural and educational facility that offers classes and programs for children and adults, as well as rental space for special social functions. The Estate is part of the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, which manages the property on behalf of the State of Florida.

The Deering Estate celebrates 30 years of being on the National Register of Historic Places. Discover more history, art, culture, science, preservation, conservation and ecology at the Deering Estate!

Dec 1 – Jan 6, Historic Holidays, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm premium
Throughout December, visitors can tour the elegant and historic houses as they come alive with holiday accents and decorations! The exhibit is an annual tradition and a special project of local garden clubs and community organizations.
November 30, Free Lecture, 7:00 pm premium
The November lecture is “Saving North America’s Most Endangered Bird: Florida Grasshopper Sparrow” with experts from the Tropical Conservation Institute (TCI). Presented by FIU School of Environment, Arts and Society (SEAS).
December 2, Tree Lighting Ceremony, 7:00 pm premium
Kick-off the holiday season at the Deering Estate’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony! Enjoy music performed by the Yuletide Carolers and tour the historic houses decorated for the holidays.
December 4, Santa Paws, 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm premium
Bring your dogs & cats for holiday photos with Santa at the Deering Estate Visitor Center! Pet adoptions (for a reduced fee) will also be available onsite from Miami-Dade County Animal Services’ HOPE Express mobile pet adoption trailer.
Dec 10 & 17, Story-Time & Photos with Santa, 10 am – 12 pm premium
Enjoy stories with Santa’s elves, holiday arts & crafts activities and photos with Santa inside the Stone House Ballroom. Limited seating available. Photos with Santa available for an additional fee.
December 18, Holiday Bay Cruise, 11:00 am & 2:00 pm premium
Take a break from holiday shopping and enjoy a relaxing cruise on Biscayne Bay.