Coral Gables Merrick House
This is the restored boyhood home of George E. Merrick, who founded the city of Coral Gables in the 1920s. Although the homestead was purchased by the family in 1899, it has been restored to the 1920s period and filled with the Merrick family’s art, furniture and personal treasures to serve as a tribute to the real estate developer who built one of the first planned communities in the country.
Created in 1923 from a coral rock quarry, the 820,000-gallon Venetian Pool, with grottos and waterfalls designed by city founder George Merrick, is one of the biggest draws for tourists. The pool’s aqua-blue water is drawn from an underground aquifer, making it perfectly clear and a great place to cool off before your next historic adventure.
Cauley Square Historic Village
Step back in time at the Cauley Square Historic Village and get an authentic taste of Old Florida at its best. Stroll along the landscaped pathways, take a seat in the tea room and browse the antique shops and boutiques. Tucked away in the gardens, there’s also a 1920s bar for beer and wine with live music every Friday and Saturday.
Coral Castle Museum
The Coral Castle Museum in Homestead is the handiwork of a tiny Latvian immigrant who, despite only weighing 100 pounds, moved and sculpted more than 1,000 tonnes of coral rock for nearly 30 years as a tribute to his long-lost love.