Our History

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, signature events, programs and preservation of our history positions the Deering Estate as an iconic marker for our community’s cultural identity and memory. 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 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.


Dec 26 – January 4, Winter Camp premium
The Deering Estate offers two sessions of Winter Camp for children, ages 6-14.
January 8, Prohibition Era Cellar Series premium
Explore a glimpse of South Florida’s prohibition history at the Deering Estate’s Prohibition Era Cellar Series. The next “speakeasy” event is a distillery tasting featuring St. Petersburg Distillery.
“Festival of Trees” Holiday Season premium
Celebrate the holidays at the Deering Estate with an exciting line-up of events for the entire family to enjoy! Upcoming events: photos with Santa on Dec. 8th & Evening Stroll on Dec. 12th.
January 12, Bay Cruise premium
Guided by a Biscayne National Park Ranger, journey through Biscayne Bay to see the iconic Cape Florida, Fowey Rocks, and Boca Chita lighthouses.
December 14, Mistletoe & Martinis premium
Join us for a joyful evening of holiday cheer to benefit the Deering Estate Foundation. Enjoy festive music, lavish hors d’oeuvres and desserts from some of South Florida’s finest caterers, along with a flavorful samplings of martinis and other drinks.
November 30 – January 4, Historic Holiday Décor premium
Tour the historic houses as they come alive with holiday accents and decorations. This year, the Historic Holiday Décor features some of South Florida’s top interior designers, led by Deering Estate Designer-in-Residence, Alfredo Brito.