Venetian Pool


Before Florida was developed in the early 20th century, dreamers and schemers knew they had to convert swamp, scrubland and near-jungle into desirable destinations. One of those people was George Merrick, a county official living in Miami. In 1921, he looked at the water in a spring-fed limestone quarry and dreamed a big dream. Merrick built a romanticized notion of a Mediterranean villa's swimming pool, a free-form lagoon, with fountains and waterfalls. Swimmers passed through arched doorways and gazed at the 800,000-gallon pool from balconies and pastel-colored, three-story towers. Landscaped with brilliant plants and coconut palms, the Venetian Pool is open daily in summer and closed on Mondays and holidays the rest of the year. Children younger than 3 are not allowed but they probably wouldn't appreciate the glories of a swimming pool that is on the National Register of Historic Places.


2701 De Soto Blvd
Coral Gables, FL 33134


25.74614100, -80.27342300
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(305) 460-5306

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