Miami Marine Stadium Boat Tour (Thurs)

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This boat tour, lasting approximately 2 1/2 hours, will provide an in-depth discussion and the best views of Miami Marine Stadium.


Designed in the 1960s by Cuban-American architect Hilario Candela, the Stadium was originally built as a venue to host powerboat races. The landmark brutalist structure became a hub for cultural performance and other gatherings from the time construction finished in 1963 until its closing in 1992 following the devastation of Hurricane Andrew. The building has sat vacant for almost thirty years, and restoration projects have come and gone. Thanks to strong local and national preservation efforts, it still stands, and there is hope the most recent restoration proposal will move forward. Docomomo US included Miami Marine on its list of the 11 most threatened Modern sites.










This tour runs three times during the Symposium. Tour boats have a restroom and cover.


Guests may choose from two itineraries: 

  1. Miami Marine Stadium: views of the Miami Skyline, the Port of Miami, and Biscayne Bay
  2. Miami Marine Stadium and Stiltsville: a grouping of preserved wood stilt houses originally built during the prohibition era and used for a variety of purposes throughout their history 


The tours will be led by Don Worth, longtime advocate for the Marine Stadium and Richard Heisenbottle, the architect responsible for developing restoration plans for the Marine Stadium.


Boat tour* 

Thursday, May 30, 9:30am–12pm

Friday, May 31, 9:30am–12pm

Saturday, June 1, 9:30am–12pm





*Departs from and returns to Dinner Key, Coconut Grove (about a 10 minute walk from the Mayfair House Hotel) 


All tours will be submitted for AIA credits. 

Click here to register for the Friday boat tour (Marine Stadium and Port of Miami only). 


Click here to register for the Saturday boat tour (Marine Stadium, Port of Miami and Stiltsville)

The boat tours will run every morning, Thursday–Saturday.