The 820,000-gallon Venetian Pool was originally a rock quarry. The quarry was transformed into a pool in 1923, and the results are remarkable. The pool is fed by Artesian wells and therefore full of cool fresh water (not chlorinated), and the surface of the pool is smooth stone (rather than plaster or any of the more modern pool surface materials). Flora abounds around the pool, adding to the lush feel of the waterfalls, island, and coral caves. Observation towers give the guest a grand view of the pool, including the sunbathing area. A walking path encircles the entire area for a complete experience.
The "Cafe" is really a glorified concession stand, offering hot dogs and nachos and other standard pool and park fare. Not fabulous, but certainly adequate when hunger hits.
Swimming lessons for children and adults are offered, and so are lifeguard training and SCUBA certification courses. Volunteers are also trained on site.
Hours vary by season, so check the web site or call for details. Fees range from $3.50 for resident children to $6.75 for non-resident adults from November through March, and from $3.50 for resident children to $10.00 for non-resident adults from April through October - again, call for details. Please note that children under the age of three are not admitted to the facility at all, and a birth certificate is required for verification. Also, payment is accepted in the forms of only cash or check, no credit or debit cards.
The pool underwent a major restoration in 1989, and is on the Nation Register of Historic Places.
Price range: $3.50-$10.00 per person
Location:2701 De Soto Blvd
Coral Gables FL 33134
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