Our History

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. 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!

November 29 – January 5, Festival of Trees Exhibit premium
Throughout December, visitors can tour the elegant and historic houses at the Deering Estate as they come alive with holiday accents and decorations. The “Festival of Trees” is a special project of local garden clubs and community organizations.
Dec 26-29, Session 1 Winter Camp, 7:30 am – 5:00 pm premium
The Deering Estate offers two sessions of Winter Camp for children, ages 6-14: “All About the Natives” and “Find Your Habitat.”
January 10, Nite Hike, 7 pm – 9:30 pm premium
Explore the woods and it’s wildlife as it comes to life at night! After the hike, gather around a campfire and enjoy complementary s’mores.
December 16, Sunrise Photography, 6:00 am – 8:00 am premium
The Deering Estate offers an exciting opportunity where you and several of your photography friends can take sunrise photos of Biscayne Bay!
December 16, Story-Time & Photos with Santa, 10 am – 12 pm premium
Santa Claus is coming to town and he’s visiting the Deering Estate! Enjoy story-time with Santa’s elves throughout the historic houses and photos with Santa (for an additional fee) inside the historic Stone House Ballroom.
December 17, Holiday Champagne Bay Cruise premium
Take a break from holiday shopping and enjoy a relaxing cruise on Biscayne Bay while sipping champagne. The boat will depart from the Deering Estate.