No trip to Miami is complete without swimming off its white sand beaches. But, there’s one other location you should add to your bucket list for swimming—the Venetian Pool at Coral Gables. It’s the largest freshwater pool in the country and the only pool listed as a historic site on the National Register of Historic Places.
This beautiful pool opened in 1924, in what was once a rock quarry that had been empty for several years. It used to be filled with water from local springs that were found on the site of Coral Gables. But, today, a natural aquifer filtration system cycles used water on a nightly basis, to rid it of waste, before refilling the pool. This allows the pool to fill with freshly cycled water daily, without depleting local water reserves.
Balconies surround the pool, as well as Mediterranean-style stucco buildings (including a cafe) and flora native to Florida. The pool is also home to two waterfalls and grottos, which add to its charm.
The pool is currently closed, but will reopen on February 1st, 2022. The price of admission for adults (13 years and older) is $21 and the price for kids is $16.