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Venetian Pool

  • 2701 De Soto Blvd. Map It
  • Coral Gables
  • Pool

Updated 05/09/2014

Fodor's Review

Sculpted from a rock quarry in 1923 and fed by artesian wells, this 820,000-gallon municipal pool had a major face-lift in 2010. It remains quite popular because of its themed architecture—a fantasy version of a waterfront Italian village—created by Denman Fink. The pool has earned a place on the National Register of Historic Places and showcases a nice collection of vintage photos depicting 1920s beauty pageants and swank soirees held long ago. Paul Whiteman played

here, Johnny Weissmuller and Esther Williams swam here, and you should, too (but no kids under 3). A snack bar, lockers, and showers make this must-see user-friendly as well.

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Sight Information

Address:

2701 De Soto Blvd., at Toledo St., Coral Gables, Florida, 33134, United States

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Phone:

305-460–5306

Sight Details:

  • $11; free parking across De Soto Blvd.
  • Usually open Tues.–Sun. 11–4:30, but best to call ahead

Updated 05/09/2014

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Feb 17, 2005

You have got to jump in that water!

If it's a hot day in Miami, as so many days are, this is THE place to go. The water is cool and refreshing, and there's a LOT of it. The pool is gargantuan, with shallow areas and others that are very deep. A couple little cascading waterfall areas are fantastic for lying yourself out like a goddess (or god). I was sooooo sick on my business trip that I almost cut the pleasure portion short to go home two days early. I spent the afternoon relaxing

at the pool. Total therapy. Spent the next day enjoying Coral Castle, Everglades Nat'l Pk, and the drive all the way out to Key West, and BACK! If you like being in the water, especially NOT salt water, this is heaven.

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