Coral Gables, situated just 5 miles from Miami, is celebrated for having many well-known attractions, including the breathtaking Venetian swimming pool and the ultra-glam Biltmore Hotel. But the historic south Florida city also has several lesser-known attractions to explore that are within an easy drive from your homebase at the THesis Hotel Miami. Check out these six alternative places to visit in Coral Gables and beyond.
The Coral Gables Museum, housed in the 1930s-era Coral Gables Police and Firestation, is a treasure trove of history. The renowned institution explores architecture, urban planning and sustainable development through fascinating exhibits and programs. Learn about George E. Merrick, the real estable developer who planned and built the city of Coral Gables, one of the first planned communities in the United States. And find out how the enclave’s Miracle Mile evolved into the famous thoroughfare it is today.
The mind-blowing beauty of the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s awaits. You could spend hours strolling the oasis’ succulent Arid and Succulent collection and Aquatic exhibit, but don’t miss Wings of the Tropics in the Clinton Family Conservatory, where hundreds of butterflies fly freely around colorful plants and sweet-smelling orchids.
The 13.5-mile Cutler Trail, which begins at the intersection of Old Cutler, Sunset and LeJune roads in Coral Gables, travels through some of the most scenic neighborhoods in the greater Miami area. The route is ideal for travelers of all ages seeking an outdoor activity in Miami— a wonderful leisurely bike ride or walk amid verdant ficus trees and banyans.
Hobie Island Beach Park
Spending time at the beach is one of the top things to do in Coral Gables—and Hobie Island Beach is a must for those who want to partake in splash-worthy adventures such as windsurfing or sailing. And since the park also has a dog-friendly stretch, it is also an excellent spot to take your four-legged beach bum for a swim in the sun.
The Spanish Renaissance architecture of the Church of the Little Flower makes it a sweet photo-worthy stop within a short walk from the Biltmore Hotel. The building was constructed in 1952 and has served as a beloved center for worship in south Florida ever since.
If you have little travelers in tow, venture to Flamingo Park, about 14 miles from the THesis Hotel. While the 36-acre park dates back to 1950, the attraction has a modern aquatic facility with a kid-pleasing interactive pool and water playground—perfect for letting pint-size swimmers expel energy.