Attractions

Top Choice Gardens in Coral Gables

Fairchild Tropical Garden

If you need to escape Miami’s madness, consider a green day in one of the country’s largest tropical botanical gardens. A butterfly grove, tropical plant conservatory and gentle vistas of marsh and keys habitats, pl…
Top Choice Historic Building in Coral Gables

Biltmore Hotel

In the most opulent neighborhood of one of the showiest cities in the world, the Biltmore peers down its nose and says, ‘hrmph.’ It’s one of the greatest of the grand hotels of the American Jazz Age, and if this joi…
Historic Building in Coral Gables

Merrick House

It’s fun to imagine this simple homestead, with its little hints of Med-style, as the core of what would eventually become the gaudy Gables. When George Merrick’s father purchased this plot, site unseen, for $1100, …
Museum in Coral Gables

Lowe Art Museum

Your love of the Lowe, on the campus of the University of Miami, depends on your taste in art. If you’re into modern and contemporary works, it’s good. If you’re into the art and archaeology of cultures from Asia, A…
Museum in Coral Gables

Coral Gables Museum

This museum is a well-plotted introduction to the oddball narrative of the founding and growth of the City Beautiful (Coral Gables). The collection includes historical artifacts and mementos from succeeding generati…
Church in Coral Gables

Coral Gables Congregational Church

Developer George Merrick’s father was a New England Congregational minister, so perhaps that accounts for him donating the land for the city’s first church. Built in 1924 as a replica of a church in Costa Rica, the …
Historic Building in Coral Gables

Coral Gables City Hall

This grand building has housed boring city-commission meetings since it opened in 1928. It’s impressive from any angle, certainly befitting its importance as a central government building. Check out Denman Fink’s Fo…
Landmark in Coral Gables

Country Club Prado

Coral Gables–designer George Merrick planned a series of elaborate entry gates to the city, but the real-estate bust meant that projects went unfinished. Among the completed gates worth seeing, which resemble the en…
Park in Coral Gables

Matheson Hammock Park

This 630-acre county park is the city’s oldest and one of its most scenic. It offers good swimming for children in an enclosed tidal pool, lots of hungry raccoons, dense mangrove swamps and (pretty rare) alligator-s…
Landmark in Coral Gables

Coral Way Entrance

Coral Gables–designer George Merrick planned a series of elaborate entry gates to the city. Among the completed gates worth seeing is the Coral Way Entrance.