This attraction is a 83 acres botanic garden with an extensive collections of rare tropical plants including palms, cycads, flowering trees, and vines. Fairchild opened to the public in 1938 and has since continued to preserve biodiversity. In addition, it has many roles including those of a museum, laboratory, conservation research facility, and learning center. Wings of the Tropics is the garden’s newest exhibit. Exotic butterflies from Central and South America fly freely within the Clinton Family Observatory. SInce 2003, the garden has also sponsored a series of exhibits by artists.
Opening hours: 7:30am – 4:30pm (Mon – Sun)
Watch out for: the seasonal weekend festivals
Address & telephone number: 10901 Old Cutler Road Coral Gables, FL, USA +1 305-667-1651
Venetian Pool is a historic public swimming pool located in Coral Gables, Florida, completed in 1924. This beautiful pool occupies a shallow quarry displacing about 820,000 US gallons of fresh water from artesian wells, making it the largest freshwater pool in the United States. It ranges in depth from four feet to over eight feet, and features a two-foot kids pool. There’s a sunning area for sunbathers, a café area which has been used for weddings and receptions, and a walking path surrounds the whole complex. The pool’s beauty is accentuated even more by its loggias, porticos, palm trees, and a bridge.
Opening hours: 11am – 5:30pm (Tue – Fri), 10am – 4:30pm (Sat – Sun)
Watch out for: the two waterfalls and cave-like grottos
Address & telephone number: 2701 De Soto Blvd, Coral Gables, FL, USA +1 305-460-5306
This Italian restaurant is popular among Coral Gables locals and visitors because it serves a great quality Italian food. They offer paninis made with traditional bread and fresh ingredients directly imported from Italy. Their crepes are a fan favorite, always carefully prepared and filled with salty or sweet treats like ham, cheese, and veggies, or fresh fruit and Nutella. Caffè Italiano serves delicious and traditional gelato that contains the right amount of protein, carbohydrates, and fat to meet your nutritional requirements.
Opening hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Thu), 9am – 11:30pm (Fri – Sat), 11am – 10:30pm (Sun)
Watch out for: the espresso
Address & telephone number: 259 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL, USA +1 305-569-7222
Coral Gables City Hall is a historic site in Coral Gables, and was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1974. The hall was designed in 1927 in the Mediterranean Revival style. This three-story building was made of local limestone. It has a stuccoed exterior, tile roof, central three-stage clock tower, and a Corinthian colonnade. This is one of the city’s finest civic buildings and a focal point when entering the city, and it’s definitely a sight to see. The tower interior is decorated with a mural which depicts the four seasons.
Opening hours: 9am – 5pm (Mon – Fri)
Watch out for: the beautiful architecture
Address & telephone number: 405 Biltmore Way, Coral Gables, FL, USA +1 305-446-6800
Alhambra Water Tower is known as ‘the lighthouse that has never seen the sea.’ It was built in 1924 and used as part of the city’s water supply system until 1931. The tower was set to be demolished in 1958 but the city of Coral Gables purchased and restored it based on how it looked in 1924. The water tower consists of two separate structures. The inner steel tank was enclosed in a reinforced concrete and wood frame structure designed to resemble a lighthouse. This hid the water tank inside with an aesthetically pleasing facade. The tower still stands beautiful today, and is one of Coral Gables’ historic landmarks.
Address: Alhambra Cir, Coral Gables, FL, USA
This nonprofit botanic garden was established in 1959. It keeps living specimens from wild plant populations worldwide, emphasizing palms and cycads. The scientific collections are available for study in Montgomery’s 120-acre botanical garden, of exemplary design. This botanical center, originally The Montgomery Foundation, was established by Nell Montgomery Jennings in memory of her husband and his love of palms and cycads. Today, Montgomery Botanical Center advances botanical research, conserves rare species, and educates through workshops, lectures, publications, and tours of scientific plant collections.
Opening hours: 7am – 3:30pm (Mon – Fri)
Watch out for: the living plant collection
Address & telephone number: 11901 Old Cutler Rd, Coral Gables, FL, USA +1 305-667-3800
Visitors and locals alike can enjoy a ride on the vintage-style trolleys in Coral Gables. The best thing about these trolleys is that they’re free and provide a convenient way to travel around popular areas, such as the shopping and entertainment destinations in downtown Coral Gables. The trolleys are air-conditioned and have wide windows on all sides to give passengers a panoramic view of the city. On the trolleys, accompanied by the sounds of a vintage-style barbershop quartet, are the ‘Trolley Troupers’ dressed in period costumes.
Watch out for: the new service on Grand Avenue Loop
Address & telephone number: 4133 Le Jeune Rd, Coral Gables, FL, USA +1 305-460-5070