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The Ten Best Things to Do in Coral Gables

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5. Swim at Venetian Pool
Created in 1923 from a coral rock quarry, Venetian Pool draws thousands of tourists each year to its 820,000-gallon aqua-blue swimming hole. Its grottos and waterfalls, which reflect Mediterranean influence, were designed by real-estate developer George Merrick. Inside the pool, spring water is pumped in from an underground aquifer, making the water clear as day. The pool area, which is open to the public, also features two historic lookout towers. 4. Explore the Coral Gables Museum
Once used as the city's first court, the Coral Gables Museum has held multiple roles before it eventually opened to the public as a museum in 2011. The building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, features 3,000 square feet of gallery space, along with a 5,000-square-foot plaza that hosts everything from street fairs to canine costume contests. With ongoing exhibits throughout the year, find guided tours every Sunday, as well as professional workshops and family days. 3. Eat and bar-hop on Miracle Mile.
Cool down with an ice-cold beer and a few plates of food along Miracle Mile. Downtown Coral Gables features dozens of restaurants offering a range of cuisines and ambiances, from gourmet to casual. Snag craft cocktails at Copper 29; pizza, pasta, and wine at Cibo; or Caribbean fusion at the local mainstay Ortanique on the Mile. 2. See a movie at the Coral Gables Art Cinema. 
One of Miami's newest movie spaces, the Coral Gables Art Cinema is the city's destination for independent and international films, classic movies, and film festivals. Though the space has only one screen, the theater offers a bevy of flicks that often change nightly. The seating is comfortable, the screen is large, the sound is crisp, and the design is swank, so many local moviegoers consider this theater before other conventional or mainstream options. 1. Visit the Biltmore and stay for brunch.
The Biltmore is a Coral Gables icon. The 1926 landmark dates back to the days of Prohibition-era glamor, exuding luxury and opulence. In the early '20s and '30s, the Biltmore was frequented by celebrities, socialites, royalty, and even President Franklin D. Roosevelt. But glitz and glamor aside, the building has a spooky past thanks to the murder of gangster Thomas "Fatty" Walsh and the temporary repurposing of the Biltmore as a military hospital during World War II. Despite its rumored ghosts, the hotel is still one of the most sought-after destinations in South Florida. Every Sunday, the lavish courtyard hosts one of the finest brunches in town. But if creepy stories are more your thing, the Biltmore also offers walking tours that touch on its mysterious past.
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