South Florida native and HistoryMiami’s Resident Historian, Dr. Paul George, known for his ability to remember the most notable details about South Florida’s people and places, will lead this season's Surfside Historical Walking Tours, which will depart from Surfside’s Community Center (9301 Collins Avenue) on select dates this fall. The first two are scheduled for Sunday, October 24 and November 14.
Dr. George will take attendees back in time to the most eminent landmark building in the community, The Surf Club, a place of myths and legends.
A stroll through Collins Avenue’s historic district will expose attendees to the area’s collection of Art Deco and Miami Modern architectural buildings constructed between 1946 and 1957, both styles becoming a defining symbol of the area.
Dr. George will showcase the history of Surfside’s quaint, two-block downtown area on Harding Avenue, which was nonexistent prior to the immediate aftermath of World War II. Attendees will also learn about the area’s beloved and protected loggerhead turtles, which return each year to lay eggs on the beach. The work of local artists will also be highlighted as the group walks past the “Tales of the Seaside Turtles,” a fiberglass turtle exhibit that pays homage to these fascinating creatures.
Tours begin at 11 a.m. from the Surfside Community Center. Sponsored by the Surfside Tourist Board.
Want to learn more about Surfside history? Check out interesting tidbits here: Did You Know (Surfside)