Venetian pool

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  • History of the Venetian Pool
  • Curiosities about the Venetian Pool
  • Where it is and how to reach it
  • Hours and entrance tickets

Coral Gables it is one of the most elegant and trendy residential neighborhoods in Miami and this is where most of the wealthiest citizens live.

Area full of villas and dream homes, in reality it is a municipality in its own right and independent from Miami, but still considered part of its Metropolitan area.

One of the most famous and exclusive attractions of the suburb is undoubtedly the splendid Venetian pool.

As the name suggests, it is a public swimming pool carved into the rock that is inspired by the beauties of Venice lagoon. This is the perfect place to spend a beautiful day of sun and fun in a dream setting.

History of the Venetian Pool

The Venetian Pool is perhaps one of the most evocative places in Coral Gables and certainly does not go unnoticed.

In the twenties of the last century in its place there was simply an old disused coral rock mine, from which large quantities of ore were extracted to build the buildings in the neighborhood.

During the redevelopment of the area wanted by George Merrick, founder of Coral Gables, it was decided to convert the quarry into a wonderful public swimming pool that could give new splendor to the whole surrounding area and give it a typically Mediterranean touch.

The swimming pool was designed following the project of the artist Denman Fink, while the supervision of the works was entrusted to the architect Phineas Paist. In the 1924 the structure was inaugurated with the name of Venetian Pool, in honor of the city of Venice.

The references to the Serenissima are evident from the decorations and stone buildings such as bridges and stairways which recall the typically Venetian architectural style.

In the past there was a diving platform and also some gondola which allowed you to move from a small central island to navigate the pool.

In addition, the pool on some occasions was drained to allow the Miami Symphony to perform inside, exploiting the acoustic properties of the quarry.

Finally, the Venetian Pool is the only American pool to be included in the National Register of Historic Places.

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Curiosities about the Venetian Pool

The Venetian Pool is not the traditional public swimming pool you are used to. What makes the difference is the tank dug inside a coral rock quarry of 16.000 square meters.

Inside it can contain 3.100 cubic meters of spring water obtained from artesian wells. The pool has a depth ranging from one meter to more than two and a half meters near the large waterfall.

All around the tank you can see a thick tropical vegetation made of palm trees and climbing plants that make the scenery exotic and very suggestive.

At one end of the tub there is a cave, while the children can swim in a smaller pool. In addition, there is also an area with a real sandy beach.

The Venetian Pool complex is also equipped with a refreshment area where you can drink and eat in peace. The pool is still supervised by lifeguards and is Smoking prohibited.

To make sure you enjoy a relaxing day at the Venetian Pool, arrive early in the morning, as there is always a lot of crowd. In fact, the capacity is limited and once I reach the maximum number of people, it will no longer be possible to access it.

Where it is and how to reach it

The Venetian Pool is located in the suburb of Coral Gables, precisely at number 2701 of De Soto Boulevard.

The most practical way to get here is by car. You can rent one to get around town or take an Uber.

You can park at parking adjacent to the pool or stop the car in De Soto Plaza. The entrance to the Venetian Pool is clearly visible from the street and you will have no difficulty in identifying it.

The alternative is to take bus 24 from Downtown Miami which leaves you on Coral Way, between SW 24 St & S Greenway. From here you will have to walk about 400 meters to get to the swimming pool. The sore point is that with the bus it will take about 50 minutes to reach your destination.

Hours and entrance tickets

Venetian Pool is generally open from February to November, but entry times may vary according to the time of year.

The opening on the weekend is only scheduled from March to October and in this case the timetable is always the same, i.e. from 10:00 to 16:30.

The Venetian Pool is closed in some holidays in the United States such as Martin Luther King Day, President's Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas and Christmas Eve.

For more information we refer to the Official siteof the swimming pool.

As for the entrance tickets, they are only allowed children of at least 3 years of age. For non-residents the cost of the ticket is 21 dollars per person, while children from 3 to 12 years pay 16 dollars.

It is useful to say that those who leave the pool complex without a ticket will not be able to re-enter again.

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