Take a Trip to Coral Gables

Visit ‘The City Beautiful’ with its historic houses, Mediterranean-style buildings and tree-lined streets. Coral Gables is one of South Florida’s oldest cities, having been founded in 1925 by George Merrick. What the city lacks in waterfront views, it more than makes up for with chic boutiques, cultural attractions and the spring-fed Venetian Pool with its waterfalls, grottos and lush foliage. So join us as we get lost in one of the most beautiful places in Miami.

Museums & Historical Houses to Explore in Coral Gables

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.  

Venetian Pool

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.     

Coral Gables Galleries & Theatres

Lowe Art Museum

What began as three small classrooms in 1950 soon became South Florida’s first official art museum. The Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami now features more than 17,000 objects, with Renaissance and Baroque pieces as well Native American and Asian art.  

Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theater

Producing both main-stage and children’s productions, the Actors’ Playhouse in the historic Miracle Theater offers a diverse range of year-round plays, with everything from drama to musical theatre and comedies.

Coral Gables Art Cinema

The Coral Gables Art Cinema is one of the city’s newest spaces and a welcome addition for fans of classic movies, international and independent films and film festivals.  

Kayak, Hike & Cycle in Coral Gables

Matheson Hammock Park

This haven for kite surfers and swimmers alike is located on Key Biscayne and boasts a quiet atoll beach and a number of pleasant hiking and cycling trails which take you through the dense mangrove forest. There’s also a rich array of wildlife, with marine life such as snappers and pufferfish, reptiles like the green iguana and plenty of bird species. You can also take a guided kayak tour through the mangroves of Biscayne Bay.

Yoga in Coral Gables

Om Movement

This creative yoga studio offers traditional and hybrid yoga classes that incorporate cardio, weights and therapy balls.  

Explore the Great Outdoors in Coral Gables

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Occupying 83 lush acres, the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden features rare plants, Wings of the Tropics with exotic butterflies and various aquatic displays. You can explore the gardens on your own or by joining a guided walking or tram tour. There are special events, from art exhibitions to mango festivals, held throughout the year.  

Old Cutler Trail

One of the best ways to see the area is to walk or cycle under canopies of large, lush green trees and journey through some of the most historic green areas of Coral Gables. The trail, which is mostly shaded, begins at the northern end of Old Cutler and stretches 11 miles to the Gables city limit, where it connects with the 2.7-mile Biscayne Trail.  

Air Sports & Golf in Coral Gables


The area is home to the 18-hole Donald Ross Golf Course, with its driving range, practice areas, pro shop and lavish pool where you can cool off after a game. PGA pro instruction is available for beginners and more accomplished golfers.

Planet Air Sports

If you’re looking for somewhere to take the kids then Planet Air Sports, with its trampoline park, climbing walls and rope courses, is the perfect place to burn off some energy.

Running and cycling

There are a number of fantastic running and cycling routes in Coral Gables and this is a fantastic way to explore the city.

Where to eat in Coral Gables

Coral Gables is home to some of Miami’s best restaurants, including Eating House, Swine Southern Table and Bar and Bread & Butter. If you want dining with a view then head down to Matheson Hammock Park where you’ll find the Red Fish Grill, which is situated in a historic beach pavilion surrounded by palm trees.  And of course, there’s always the obligatory Key lime pie for dessert.  

The Miracle Mile in downtown Coral Gables is another excellent place to stop for food and drink, with pizza, pasta and wine at Cibo, Caribbean fusion at Ortanique on the Mile and cocktails at Copper 29.

Shop the Miracle Mile in Coral Gables

Miracle Mile

The Miracle Mile is also home to designer shops, art galleries and boutiques.

Merrick Park

Every city needs a shopping centre, but this upscale alfresco mall with its Mediterranean-inspired design is a retail destination that features high-end brands from around the world. That includes names like Jimmy Choo, Burberry, Gucci and Carolina Herrera. But it’s not all glitz and glam. There are also reasonably priced retailers like Banana Republic, J. Crew and Anthropologie and dining venues like Yardhouse for pub grub and craft beer, Villagio for tasty Italian fare or Crave for sushi.

Places to Rest in Coral Gables

The Biltmore Hotel    

The Biltmore Hotel is much more than just a place to rest your head. This 273-room resort is also a National Historic Landmark located in the exclusive Coral Gables area and within close proximity to Miami Beach and Downtown Miami. The spectacular architecture, with its Spanish, Moorish and classic Italian influences and its 150-acres of tropical landscape have made this resort a favourite haunt of celebrities and world leaders since its opening in 1926.

The Biltmore is also not short of facilities, with an 18-hole championship golf course, tennis court and the largest hotel pool on the East Coast of the United States. There’s also a fitness center and European Spa. And if staying at the Biltmore is outside your budget, you could always visit for brunch!

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