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The “Golden Girls” Miami Tour You Secretly Want to Do

Travel Tips | Jim Werner | January 9, 2023

The timeless Golden Girls are enjoying a popularity surge beyond the normal hum of adoration. Sadly, this is due to Betty White’s death, less than three weeks before her 100th birthday. To celebrate the great late actress, many fans of all ages are watching reruns of “The Golden Girls” — heck, I’m sure you probably even started your GG binge on Hulu, which is carrying all seven seasons.

While you’re on your Golden Girl kick, pay homage to Betty, Bea, Rue and Estelle with a trip to their show home, Miami. It has so much appeal.

Here’s where you can tap into your Golden obsession:

Joe’s Stone Crab

In the pilot episode, when gay housekeeper Coco makes his first and final appearance, Blanche announces that she accepted Harry’s marriage proposal at Joe’s. She had the stone crabs, and so should you. Harry may have turned out to be a jerk, but you shouldn’t let that stop you from trying the key lime pie.

Miami Beach Boardwalk

At the start of season 3, Sophia bonds with her friend Alvin along the Miami Beach Boardwalk. Walk the 40-block path and take in classic Miami views—beautiful beach, blue ocean and swanky hotels and condos.

World Erotic Art Museum

I don’t think Miles would have taken Rose to this museum on a date. They did visit the fictional thimble museum in season six, so you can tap into their offbeat taste in culture here. It’s the largest collection of erotic art in the Americas, and—how perfect is this—it was founded by a grandmother.

The Dinner Detective

In season seven, Blanche gets caught up in a real-life murder during a murder mystery weekend. A full two days might be a bit much. Lucky for you, this one lasts for a single intriguing evening.

Tryst Cabaret

In the same season, Dorothy steps into Blanche’s spotlight at the Rusty Anchor piano bar. No one can match Bea Arthur, but the team at Faena Theater sing and entertain the eager crowds every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night.

11th Street Diner

No Golden Girls getaway would be complete without a late-night cheesecake run. This South Beach spot can satisfy your craving, and then some. The only question is whether to indulge before or after your visit to Twist nightclub next door.

The Carlyle

After the series finale, three of the four best friends starred in a single-season spinoff called “The Golden Palace.” Rose, Blanche and Sophia invested in and ran the hotel. Nothing against the ladies, but I don’t think they’d make it at the Carlyle, a fabulous spot on Ocean Drive.

Whenever you go, plan your Miami trip here.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2017 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

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