The Ten Best Things to Do in Coral Gables
The Biltmore is a Coral Gables icon.
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Nicknamed the "City Beautiful," Coral Gables is one of South Florida's oldest and most historic areas. Designed with Mediterranean influences, the city, incorporated in 1925, features lush, tree-lined avenues; mighty, opulent buildings; winding roadways; and lots of green space. George Merrick, the founder of Coral Gables, set out to create one of South Florida's most beautiful and expansive cities, offering everything from museums and playhouses to dining destinations and outdoor hangouts.
Today, Coral Gables remains one of Miami's most sought-after destinations. It's home to the first art museum in South Florida, along with Venetian Pool, Actors' Playhouse, and the iconic Biltmore Hotel. The city also boasts the flagship of South Florida's beloved bookseller, Books & Books, which features hundreds of author events throughout the year. As for dining, hundreds of eateries offer a range of cuisine and experiences, from fine dining to New American and fast-casual.
Restaurant Brasserie Central is located inside the Shops at Merrick Park in Coral Gables.
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10. Shop and dine at the Shops at Merrick Park.
Every city needs a shopping center. But instead of the traditional strip malls found in most South Florida neighborhoods, Coral Gables boasts an open-air retail destination. The Shops at Merrick Park feature high-end brands from around the world, including Burberry, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, and Tiffany & Co. There are fitness spots too, such as the indoor boutique cycling studio SoulCycle and the full-service gym Equinox. Chef-driven eateries like Brasserie Central and Piripi, as well as popular chains such as Yard House and Teavana, round out the culinary offerings. The luxury center is Coral Gables' go-to spot for a workout, a new outfit, and a quick meal, all in one place. The only downside: This is one of the area's most expensive destinations.
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9. Visit the Lowe Art Museum.
What began in three small classrooms in 1950 quickly grew into South Florida's first official art museum. Founded in 1952, the Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami features more than 17,000 objects, with collections of Renaissance and Baroque pieces, plus American, Native American, and Asian art. The free-standing museum is used as a teaching resource for the university but encourages locals and tourists to explore its grounds as well. While you're at it, stop by the university bookstore to pick up some Canes gear.
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8. Read at Books & Books.
Contrary to the popular belief that "print is dead," Books & Books brings
It may be "old," but it's nothing short of beautiful.
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7. Walk or bike the Old Cutler Trail.
Journey under canopies of large, lush trees and through some of the most historic green areas of Coral Gables. The trail, which is mostly shaded, is perfect for an afternoon bike ride or
Find different plays all year round.
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6. See a play at Actors' Playhouse.
Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre produces both
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