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The Venetian Pool

The Venetian Pool is truly a unique aquatic facility unlike any other in the Country. The Pool has been enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world. It was created in 1923 from a coral rock quarry. The most distinguishing feature of the pool is the 820,000 gallons that is fed by spring water from an underground aquifer. There are two waterfalls that provide fun and a scenic background and the caves and grottos provide a fun experience for swimmers. The Venetian Pool’s beauty is accentuated with its loggias, porticos, palm trees and signature bridge. It truly is an experience you will never forget! It is located at 2701 de Soto Blvd., Coral Gables, FL 33134. For more information, call 305-460-5306.

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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. Located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Phone: 305-667-1651. For directions, click here.

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Golf Courses

Experience the Granada or Biltmore golf courses, the perfect spots for players looking for a relaxing round of golf amid beautiful scenery.

The City operates the 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. It is located at 2001 Granada Boulevard. For more information, call 305-460-5367. For directions, click here.

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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. The Biltmore Golf Course is at 1210 Anastasia Ave. For more information, call: 305-460-5364. For directions, click here. biltmore golf course.jpg

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, click here.

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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. The Merrick House is located at 907 Coral Way. For more information, call: 305-460-5361. For directions, click here.

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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. The Lowe Art Museum is located at 1301 Stanford Dr. For more information call: 305-284-3535. For directions, click here.

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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. For a list of Coral Gables galleries, click here.

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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.

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