4.5
70 votes

Venetian Pool

2701 De Soto Blvd, Coral Gables, Florida 33134 USA

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Reasonable
Open Now
Sat 10a-4:30p
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
    Accepted
  • Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • Public
    Restrooms
  • Outdoor
    Seating

“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.

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Reviewed by
Tatiana Danger

  • Road Warrior
  • 1,169 Reviews
  • 638 Helpful
August 30, 2014
Rated 3.0

This is a beautiful pool with very clean water, however it's also very cold. Gorgeous ambiance and atmosphere.

Warning: Not kid-friendly! Unless they changed their policies, children under 3 are persona non grata.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Chini Tiongco

  • 211 Reviews
  • 84 Helpful
August 13, 2014
Rated 4.0

This place is a perfect paradise. The swimming pool is very unique, clean water and it's beautiful. I also love the tropical landscape and grottos.

I highly recommend this place.

2 people found this review helpful

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Venetian Pool

2701 De Soto Blvd
Coral Gables, Florida
33134 USA

Hours

Open now until 4:30 pm
  • Tue - Fri: 11:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Sun, Sat: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Outdoor Seating
  • No Wifi
  • Private Parking
  • Yes Parking

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