A Day At The Venetian Pool In Coral Gables

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By: Kara Franker

Take a dip in the Venetian Pool in Coral Gables

A beautiful oasis inspired by Mediterranean architecture, the Venetian Pool is a unique part of Miami’s history. A sight to behold, here you’ll find swaying palm trees, coral rock formations, whimsical waterfalls and interesting caves to explore. This former rock quarry was turned into the Venetian Pool in 1924. Large enough to hold 820,000 gallons of fresh water from an underground aquifer, the pool draws water from artesian wells in the summer. And it’s the perfect place to cool off and go for a swim.

Venetian Pool waterfall
Venetian Pool used to be a rock quarry

History of the Venetian Pool

Pioneering real estate developer George Merrick designed and built the city of Coral Gables. He was inspired by the Mediterranean and envisioned towering trees enveloping an idyllic neighborhood with a small-town vibe. Part of his master plan, the Venetian Pool was meant to be a locals' hangout where residents could gather and mingle.

The location of the Venetian Pool was originally a limestone rock quarry, but Merrick transformed it into the “Venetian Casino” in 1924. Designed by artist Denman Fink and architect Phineas, it was a popular destination for A-list visitors and celebrities.

Today, visitors to the pool can soak up the history through a series of pictures hanging at the entryway. Adding to its allure, the Venetian Pool has since earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places, making it the only swimming pool in the nation with such an esteemed and iconic reputation.

Father and son at Venetian Pool
Visitors enjoying an afternoon in the sun

General Visitor Information

The Venetian Pool is located at 2701 De Soto Blvd., Coral Gables, FL 33134. Non-resident daily admission rates are $21 per adult and $16 for children ages three to 12. Coral Gables residents score entry for just $6.50 per adult and $5.50 for children ages three to 12. Hours of operation vary depending on the day and season, so be sure to check before your visit. Annual rates are also available.

In general, the Venetian Pool is closed on major holidays, including New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. And sometimes the pool is closed during the off season.

The pool is also available for special events like birthday parties, weddings and corporate events.

Venetian Pool poolscape
Venetian Pool offers swim classes for locals and visitors alike

Programs and Classes

The Venetian Pool has plenty of programs and classes for locals and visitors alike. Adult and child swim classes are available, the latter of which are taught by volunteers of the Venetian Aquatic Club who have previously taught American Red Cross lessons. Children can take six different levels of the class, each of which focuses on a different stroke and skill set.

Half- and full-day summer camps are also available. 

What to Do Nearby

Grab a slice of pizza, some mozzarella sticks or a soda at the pool’s onsite café. When you need a break from the sun, go shopping on Miracle Mile, visit the Coral Gables Art Cinema or check out the Coral Gables Museum.

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