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Explore Miami Beach History This July 13th

2This year marks the 100th birthday of the City of Miami Beach. As befits this vibrant and lively coastal community, there will be no shortage of events, parties, and special lounge deals throughout the coming months to celebrate the occasion. But if you want to go beyond the fun festivities and explore the heart of this culturally-rich community, then don’t miss the Centennial Walking Tour taking place July 13.

Presented by the Miami Design Preservation League, the 90-minute tour takes you through the interesting history of Miami Beach as told through its famous landmarks and architectural qualities, many of them one-of-a-kind. The tour starts at 11:00 a.m. at the ArtDeco Welcome Center located on the beach (across the intersection of 10th Avenue and Ocean Drive).

The tour is a great way to see past the fun and sun – which are of course great – but also to appreciate how unique and cosmopolitan Miami Beach is. From the beginning, the city was at the forefront of innovation in architecture and urban planning – after all, it was practically built from scratch, combining a swampy barrier island buffered by dredged up earth from the bay.

The Art Deco buildings and landmarks that define the cityscape are holdovers from a bygone era in the 1920s and ‘30s, when sleek and modernist architecture was in vogue. Whereas much of the world has torn down and replaced these unique structures, Miami Beach remains among the few that has preserved them – such that some 30 blocks of hotels and apartment houses with this art form remain.

In 1979, this Miami Beach Architectural District as listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places – a testament to the city’s unique heritage, which you can now explore and embrace firsthand. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for seniors and students. You can purchase them at the Welcome Center, which is just a few minutes drive from the Z Ocean Miami Beach Hotel.

Situated in the heart of Miami Beach, our South Beach Hotel is an indelible part of this proud heritage. In fact, we feature the same Art Deco style that characterizes the city, reflecting our proud roots here. Our 79 lavishly appointed suites – several with private rooftop hot tubs – are great places to unwind while you embrace what Miami Beach has to offer. From a sumptuous Z Spa to the attentive Beach Club, we provide range of services that cater to your every need and preference.

To book your stay, please contact 305.672.4554 or visit http://bit.ly/1PdZZol.

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Don’t Miss the Summer Butterfly Walk at Deering Estate June 27

ZOCEANBUTTERFLYSouth Florida’s gorgeous climate, especially during the exceptionally warm and sunny summer time, supports a beautiful and thriving environment. To experience this unique tropical splendor for yourself, pay a visit to the historic Deering Estate (16701 SW 72nd Ave) on June 27 for the popular Summer Butterfly Walk. Located between Old Cutler Road and Biscayne Bay, it is just minutes away from the Z Ocean Miami Beach Hotel.

Taking place between 10:30 am and noon, this outdoor excursion allows you to view the abundance of exotic and rarely seen species of colorful butterflies. A professional naturalist will guide you through much of the 444-acre preserve as you enjoy a unique, close-up view of butterflies like the Dina Yellow, Dingy Purplewing, Atala, and almost forty other species. Admission is $12 for adults and $7 for children.

You don’t have to be a butterfly enthusiast to appreciate these marvels of nature. Along the way you can explore the one-of-a-kind Deering Estate, which dates back to 1927 and is listed in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. In addition to its lush tropical landscape and verdant wildlife, the Estate features classical architecture, canoe rides, and even fossil bones from 50,000 years ago.

The Z Ocean South Beach Hotel is the perfect launchpad for this unique ecological and cultural adventure. Located between Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue, our intimate boutique hotel places you within reach of this and many other fun events. The Z Ocean South Beach has 79 lavishly appointed suites – several with private rooftop hot tubs – and provides range of services that cater to your every need and preference.

To book your stay, please contact call 305.672.4554 or visit http://bit.ly/1PdZZol.

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