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Venetian Pool, Coral Gables

Made by filling up a coral rock quarry that supplied materials for building Coral Gables, Venetian Pool was originally known as Venetian Casino. The blue water reflects the Mediterranean Revival architecture next to it, and even touts a Venetian bridge and mooring posts where imaginary gondolas dock for the night. Fresh water fills the pool and is drained and replaced daily through artesian wells. A waterfall and a grotto add to the ambiance and make the pool seem like a natural phenomenon. It's not uncommon to see a wedding taking place poolside with guests spilling out of the attraction's cafe. Arrange to visit Venetian Pool and other attractions in Coral Gables using our Coral Gables online attractions planner .
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  • Arrived in January and was close with the close due to winter. But even from the outside through the gate that it was possible to get really unique place.
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  • Great place to take the kids. Be forewarned. The water is usually freezing. It's definitely an experience you want to try. The waterfall is great as are the caves.  more »
  • My parents went there as children, and enjoyed as cool swim on a hot Summer day. It was closed recently for renovations and cooler temperatures. Uniquely, the water is replaced daily, avoiding chlorin...  more »
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  • Visited on a day in November in week of Thanksgiving before the holiday. Maybe 25-30 guests during our 4 hour visit, meaning there was a lifeguard for about every 3-4 people, the entire enormity of the pool to the kids. The "caves", however, are closed for all but two 30 minute "openings", when a lifeguard would wade into one opening and stand-duty, allowing kids to "explore". The snack bar was also closed (how can they economically staff it with only 30 guests?), but there was a soda/beverage vending machine at the entrance, and the good news is that they permit you to bring outside food into the park. The staff was attentive and even with few people at any one time in the pool, it was easy to observe the on-guard lifeguards constantly scanning the pool, from left-to-right, over and over again. Mid-way through the day, my 10 year-old came to my chair with his hand clasped to the back of his next, believing he had been bitten by a bee, and we visited the lifeguard, who called a more senior lifeguard over with a first aid kid, and who topically treated the apparent sting -- my son was happy as a clam with 15 minutes of the incident, and he was promptly back in the water. Also of note on days like this is that there was PLENTY of FREE STREET parking right outside the park/pool entrance. And I would recommend spending at least a few minutes looking at all the historical photography that is located after the admission gate -- its amazing to consider that the pool dates back at least 93 years in those photos, and to consider that everyone in those photographs has likely long since been deceased. Yet, there they all are, caught in striking black and white photography, in swimsuits from their era, enjoying the almost-the-same Venetian Pool. One criticism: It may seem cynical to complain about ticket prices for one of the larger swimming pools, at least in Florida (which is remarkable), particularly when there are few other guests, and its a GREAT weather day -- but the entrance prices are expensive. I think It was over $40 for one adult and two kids, and for that, it merely allows you to enter the park ... pool chairs are strictly controlled by the lifeguards, and it was $5 more to rent one (another comment said this was $10, but that was not the case during my visit and the signage clearly showed $5 as the rental fee). This must be too much for many other guests, who were sitting on the few park benches or even on beach towels, rather than pay the $5 rental, apparently.
  • A beautiful, historic, landmark in Coral Gables. Yes, it's expensive for a pool, but it's the only one of it's kind in South Florida--that's what you're paying for. The water is chilly for most people, since the spring fed quarry it was made from still keeps it naturally cold. Over the years many of the original features have been removed due to safety issues, but it is still enjoyable. Lovely place for pictures and relaxing. Can get crowed at times.
  • Tourists! Be aware! Don't let locals fool you that this pool is a good place to go. First, towels are for sale $16 + taxes per couple. Then, add $10 + tax to rent a place to lie, $10 + tax for lockers. Worth it?! Absolutely not! Go to the Ocean Drive.
  • A totally awesome swimming hole carved from Coral Rock and filled by a live spring. Brings back many great memories from childhood, swimming in and out of the carved caves & Grottoes. Celebrity hang out in the day, as a matter of fact, Johnny Weissmuller used to work out here. This is a don't miss folks, even if you don't have kids, it'll bring out the kid in you!
  • Love this place. Great place for swimming. Food was good. Great family fun.
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