What are the best attractions in Coral Gables?

Coral Gables was carefully and thoughtfully designed to be a beautiful city.

Best attractions in Coral Gables

Coral Gables offers many activities for visitors, including several outdoor attractions.

The city is home to several fine arts galleries, mostly those specializing in Latin American art, and the city hosts its own open gallery.

The Venetian Pool

The Venetian Pool is a historic U.S. public swimming pool located in Coral Gables, Florida. Completed in 1925 it was designed by Phineas Paist with Denman Fink.

The pool occupies a shallow quarry displacing some 820,000 US gallons (3,100 m3) of fresh water daily from artesian wells, making it the largest freshwater pool in the United States.

The pool ranges in depth from four feet to depths of over eight feet near the grand waterfall, with a two foot kiddy pool near the lifeguard station; the station is atop a bridge leading out to an island with two full size palm trees on it. A grotto, where natural water-filled caves stretch back over twelve feet into the hillside, is located across the pool from the island. There is a sandy sunning area for sunbathers and a café area that is commonly used for weddings and receptions. A walking path surrounds the whole complex.

Coral Gables Biltmore Hotel

The Coral Gables Biltmore Hotel is a luxury hotel in Coral Gables, Florida, United States.

The Miami-Biltmore Hotel & Country Club was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1996. On April 18, 2012, the AIA's Florida Chapter placed the building on its list of Florida Architecture: 100 Years. 100 Places as the Biltmore Hotel.

The Biltmore Golf Course

The Biltmore Golf Course is a rare golf course because it is both challenging for the experienced golfer and playable for the novice. It is well-run and maintained, and above all, affordable. It has the historic Biltmore Hotel as its backdrop, and unlike most Florida golf courses, the Biltmore is not overrun with water and houses. Water comes into play on only 6 holes - just enough to keep you on your toes. The few homes that line the perimeter of the course are some of the most beautiful in the City.

Granada Golf Course

Granada Golf Course, the oldest 9-hole course in Florida. Generous fairways, newly remodeled greens, minimal bunkering and no water hazards make Granada accessible to golfers of all abilities. Located in the heart of Coral Gables, Granada is surrounded by some of the most historic homes in the City.

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

The Garden is an 83-acre natural preserve on the edge of Coral Gables that offers something for everyone. There are guided walking tours, tramfaichild tours, and special seasonal events. The botanical garden’s winding paths provide magnificent views of exotic plants, tropical flowers and fruits, flowering vines, palms, and oaks. The hidden trails wind around 11 lakes, rain forest displays, wild undergrowth, ferns and orchids

Matheson Hammock Park

Known worldwide for its beautiful flora and fauna, this 600-acre park has attracted nature-lovers and boaters for years. Matheson Hammock has a new, well-marked 45-minute nature trail where you will encounter many species of native vegetation and wildlife. Walk through the hammock to enjoy 15 native hardwood trees such as the Gumbo Limbo, Jamaica Dogwood, West Indian cherry, Stoppers, Live Oak, Wild Coffee and a wide variety of flowering shrubs and vines. You will also see squirrels, gray Everglades foxes, opossums, skunks, and colorful butterflies. A man-made island pool, flushed naturally by the tidal action of nearby Biscayne Bay, features warm, safe waters. A nearby restaurant is built into a historic coral rock building and offers beautiful waterside views. Amenities include a full-service marina, a snack bar, picnic pavilions and nature trails. The park is located at 9601 Old Cutler Road. For more information, call 305-665-5475. For directions

Coral Gables Merrick House

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this house stands as a tribute to the history of South Florida. The Merrick House was the home of Reverend Solomon G. Merrick, his wife Althea and their six children. The Merricks’ oldest son, George, founded and developed the City of Coral Gables. An example of early Coral Gables architecture, the house exists much as it did in the 1920s and is operated as a museum. It is filled with the Merrick family’s artwork, photographs, furniture, and personal treasures.

Lowe Art Museum

Located on the University of Miami campus, the Lowe Art Museum’s 12,000-plus freestanding objects, including: Greco-Roman Antiquities; the Kress Collection of Italian Renaissance and Baroque Art; 17th-20th century Art of the Americas and Europe; Asian, African and pre-Columbian art. The collections span 5,000 years and represent the best of Western and non-Western art, from classical to the contemporary. The pieces are rotated among large and intimate gallery spaces.

Fine Art Galleries

Coral Gables is an art lover’s paradise. Known as one of South Florida’s premier centers for the arts, the City is home to dozens of art galleries. On Gables Gallery Nights, a favorite event among locals, more than 4,000 people walk or ride the trolleys to downtown Coral Gables to admire works by local, national, and international artists.

All Aboard the Trolley

Visitors can ride the vintage-style trolleys a free and convenient way to move around the shopping and entertainment destinations in downtown Coral Gables. The trolleys are air-conditioned and have wide windows on all sides to give passengers a panoramic view of the City sights.

Shop: Miracle Mile

The famed Miracle Mile and its surrounding downtown streets with their European-style outdoor cafes, provides residents, employees, business people and visitors with an enjoyable tropical shopping experience. The downtown area is home to many specialty stores and more than 120 international restaurants, a paradise for casual and gourmet diners.

Shop: Village of Merrick Park

Fashion and style come to life at the Village of Merrick Park, featuring Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom and 115 other world-class retail shops and restaurants.

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