The South Beach Clock Tower – although “tower” seems like a bit of a stretch – indicated the temperature was reaching the 90s, although with humidity included, it certainly felt closer to the hundreds. Bodies of all shapes and sizes skated down the street, clad in bright neon bikini tops and shorts. Others lounged casually, some under the shade of the tall palm trees that swayed with the barely-there breeze, some under the blazing sun which would surely tan their gleaming skin further. In long pants, sneakers, and a t-shirt, I certainly stood out from the crowd.
As most other things during this bizarre time, The Art Deco Welcome Center was mostly closed, save for an expo on women’s voting rights. Normally, they would have a wide variety of walking tours, but for now anyone interested could opt to take the self-guided audio tour. Personally, they’re not my favorite way of doing tours, but at least it allows me to go back and listen to things again.
The Art Deco Architectural Audio Tour lasts between 1.5 – 2 hours, covers about 15 blocks and 15 locations, and costs $25 dollars. I wasn’t really in the mood to take the tour, but I did explore the app and what it included: The audio itself was very entertaining (at least to me), with era-appropriate music, voices and effects, transcript, a glossary, detailed information about the architectural styles that prevail along the historic district, and a map of course.
But not taking a tour didn’t mean I couldn’t appreciate the marshmallow-colored buildings lining the west side of Ocean Drive.