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Venetian Pool in Coral Gables, FL

5 Must-Visit Places in Coral Gables

Coral Gables is a city neighboring Miami in Southern Florida, offering travelers a more serene, equally beautiful setting from which to explore the region. The hometown of our property THesis Hotel Miami, Coral Gables has a lot to offer in addition to its location near regional attractions like South Beach and Wynwood. 

To discover some incomparable local charms, check out this brief guide on five must-visit places in Coral Gables. 

1. Venetian Pool

Venetian Pool is considered by many to be the most well-known Coral Gables attraction, and it’s been a source of leisure here since 1924. The historic public swimming pool was designed by Phineas Paist and Denman Fink, and the regal grounds where its located stretch across four acres. Carved from a coral rock quarry, the pool is bordered by numerous sights including two historic lookout towers featuring brilliant views of the city. 

Venetian Pool. Coral Gables, FL 

2. Matheson Hammock Park

For some relaxing sunbathing, a coastal hike, and can’t beat golden-hour Instagrams, visit Matheson Hammock Park on your next Coral Gables visit. Guests of the park like to tan and swim at the park beaches, cast out for fresh catches on the fishing pier, and take part in popular local water sports like kite-boarding and paddleboarding. There are also picnic areas and restaurants onsite at Matheson Hammock Park. 

Matheson Hammock Park. Coral Gables, FL 

3. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Keep in touch with local culture and the beautiful natural ecosystem of South Florida at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. This 83-acre botanic garden is home to tons of rare tropical plants including palms, cycads, and flowering trees. Guests can enjoy both self-guided and tram tours throughout the attraction. 

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Coral Gables, FL 

4. Merrick Park

Those looking for a hub of culture, shopping, and dining in Coral Gables can find everything they need at Merrick Park. This upscale, outdoor shopping mall in Coral Gables features a number of designer outlets including Neiman Marcus, and Nordstrom. You can also find a nice meal here at restaurants like Perry’s Steakhouse & Grill, and Villagio’s Restaurant. Merrick Park also features ongoing events that include cooking classes, film screenings, and a farmers market. 

Merrick Park. Coral Gables, FL 

5. THesis Hotel Miami

Opening in spring 2020, THesis Hotel in Miami is an upscale property with a focus on crafting active and engaging experiences for travelers. It’s a destination where leisure can be found at an elevated pool where libations are plentiful, quiet can be found in a dedicated co-working space, and luxury ranges across 245 guest rooms and suites. 


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