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“An enchanting swimming experience”
The Venetian Pool is an aquatic facility unlike any other in the country. It has been enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world, and is still one of the main tourist attractions for those visiting the City of Coral Gables. The pool was created in 1923 from a coral rock quarry, where much of the original coral rock was used to border and further accentuate the pool. It also features two large historic lookout towers, offering views of “The City Beautiful”. The most distinguishing feature of the pool is the 820,000 gallons of spring water fed from an underground aquifer. In the spring and summer seasons, the pool is filled and drained daily! Of course the aquifer is not the only feature that enhances a visitor’s experience. There are two waterfalls that provide a scenic backdrop as well as the cave-like grottos which provide a fun experience for swimmers. The Venetian Pool’s beauty is accentuated by its loggias, porticos, palm trees and signature bridge. It truly is an experience you will never forget! The oolitic limestone which was taken from the Venetian Pool quarry pit was used to create some of the original neighboring buildings. With the efforts of George Merrick, artist Denman Fink, and architect Phineas Paist, the pool was transformed into a paradise that today is included in the National Register of Historic Places; one of the first swimming pools to have such a designation. In its early days, the “Venetian Casino” was the destination for many celebrities, including such movie stars as Johnny Weismuller and Esther Williams. The pool was also the site of concerts, in which the pool was emptied of its 820,000 gallon space of water and an orchestra would perform on the pool bottom. Many years later in 2001, these scenes were duplicated as a concert was again held on the pool bottom to commemorate the City of Coral Gables’ 75th Birthday.
This place is a true gem!! Beautiful scenery, tons of place to sit and enjoy! The water was cold but not nearly as cold as we were expecting. The cave is a must!! The lifeguards are great, they... Read more
We came to the Venetian Pool for the first time, for the dog Paws In The Pool event. We had a blast! It was pretty well organized, and the pool is awesome. It's a beautiful spot. I would say this... Read more
- Sun, Sat: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
- Tue - Fri: 11:00 am - 5:30 pm
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