Coral Gables is an area of graceful parks, tree-lined streets, and majestic gardens and fountain pools. It was a project of George Merrick.
In 1921 George Merrick has a dream – a city of plazas, esplanades and fountains, filled with buildings and homes inspired by a heritage of Mediterranean design. With the help of other visionaries of his time, Merrick’s dream became Coral Gables. It evokes the images of Spain and Italy and is often referred to as “City Beautiful“.
Many of the city’s architectural districts and buildings are preserved as historical landmarks. Among the more notable sites are: Coral Gables City Hall (1927); The Douglas Road Entrance, an ornate street entrance to Coral Gables.
The Venetian Pool, “the world’s most beautiful swimming hole”, is 820,000-gallon swimming pool. It was built in 1923 from a coral rock quarry and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The pool is fed with cool spring water and is surrounded by two waterfalls, coral caves, and grottos. Location: 2701 De Soto Boulevard.
The Beautiful City offers 22 parks, 33 public tennis courts, two public golf courses, and other recreation amenities.
The largest tropical botanical garden in the continental United States – the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden – is situated here at Coral Gables. It has unique collections of rare tropical plants including palms, cycads, flowering trees and vines.
Established in 1938, the 83-acre garden is among the region’s most popular visitor attractions and offers a variety of programs in environmental education, conservation and horticulture. There are guided walking tours, tram tours, and special seasonal events.
Coral Gables is an art lovers paradise. Known as one of South Florida’s premier centers for the arts, this vibrant City is home to dozens of art galleries:
-Americas Collection, 2440 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
-Artspace/Virginia Miller Galleries, 169 Madeira Ave.
-Casa Culture, 801 Madrid St.
-Cernuda Fine Art, 3155 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
-Coral Gables International Art Center, 70 Miracle Mile
-European Fine Art, 2850 Salzedo St.
-Exposure Fine Art, 4021 Laguna St.
-La Boheme Fine Arts Gallery, 2970 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
-Modernism Gallery, 1622 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
-New Gallery, University of Miami, Department of Art and Art History, 1540 Levante Ave. and others.
The Lowe Art Museum, located in the University of Miami, displays temporary exhibits from both local and international artists. The museum collects original, quality works of art primarily from Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas, and organizes traveling exhibitions and loans of individual works from the permanent collection.
Coral Gables has plenty of shopping opportunities, the primary spots for which are Miracle Mile and Downtown Coral Gables. Located on Coral Way between Jeune Road and Douglas Road, this shopping district offers everything from exclusive designer boutiques to major department stores.