One of America’s most beautiful and unusual swimming pools, built in 1923, is hidden behind pastel stucco walls and honored with a listing in the National Register of Historic Places. Two underground wells (meaning water’s definitely on the nippy side) feed the free-form lagoon, which is shaded by three-story Spanish porticos and has both fountains and waterfalls. During summer, the pool’s 820,000 gallons of water are drained and refilled nightly, thanks to an underground aquifer, ensuring a cool, clean swim. Visitors are free to swim and sunbathe here, just as Johnny Weissmuller and the late Esther Williams did decades ago. For a modest fee, your kids (or you) can learn to swim during special summer programs.
2701 DeSoto Blvd (at Toledo St.), Coral Gables, Miami, FL
Our Rating Hours Hours subject to change but generally Mon–Fri 11am–5:30 or 6:30pm; Sat–Sun 10am–4:30pm. Closed on major holidays; call or log on for current hours. Phone 305/460-5306 Prices Admission Apr–Oct $12 adults, $6.60 ages 3–12; Nov and Feb–Mar $7.70 adults, $4.15 for ages 3–12 Web site Venetian Pool Other Children must be at least 3 (proof of age required) or 38 in. tall.