Top 10 Things to do in Coral Gables, United States

October 11, 2017 Layne Dawes

Boasting almost exclusively Mediterranean Revivalist buildings and urban planning following the City Beautiful movement, Coral Gables is an elegantly laid out, pedestrian-friendly city boasting tropical foliage, charming boutiques and architectural grandeur. Historic landmarks such as the Biltmore Hotel and Merrick House provide a document of the history of the City Beautiful, while the crystalline Venetian Pool provides relaxation in a setting of exquisite beauty.
Restaurants in Coral Gables

1. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

10901 Old Cutler Rd, Coral Gables, FL 33156-4233 +1 305-667-1651
Excellent
81%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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5 based on 1 reviews

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is among the world's best tropical botanic gardens. Here you will find internationally renowned collections of cycads, flowering trees, tropical fruits, vines, aroids and endangered species, which provide a living laboratory for scientists, and the opportunity of discovery for everyone. In addition, Fairchild has the largest palm collection in the U.S. and is also the keeper of the National Palm Collection as designated by the American Public Gardens Associations. With its beautiful paths, vistas and outstanding horticultural displays, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden provides every visitor with an unforgettable experience.

Reviewed By Kirsi L - Oulu, Finland

All though this is more a garden than a genuine botanical garden (most of the trees and plants did have labels so referring to botanical garden makes sense) the place is really nice and beautiful, quite large also. It has several large ponds and different sections (mangrove, madagaskar, tropical etc) and nice, easy walk around them. We also saw several huge iguanas wondering around, which is quite exotic for us coming from Northern Europe.

They offer guided tours as well, even in a small tram (I believe its called) which is very useful and nice for elderly people. We walked around the whole garden with a good map and instructions given at the entrance.

Garden has also small greenhouses and a butterfly house with hundreds of different kinds of butterflies flying around you. Very beautiful!

2. Bayside Marketplace

401 Biscayne Blvd, R106, Miami, FL 33132-1977 +1 305-577-3344
Excellent
36%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
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4 based on 10 reviews

Bayside Marketplace

Large waterfront shopping, entertainment and dining area.

Reviewed By Christene545 - Columbus, Ohio

Lively open air marketplace with lots of bars and restaurants. There's shopping as well. But from what I saw it does not appear as though people go there for the shopping. Loved the live Latin music and the food. Ate at Latin American Cuban Cuisine and it was wonderful. My husband got a Cuban sandwich and I got grilled fish with moros and cassava (both sides are a must!). We then took an evening Millionaire's Row sightseeing cruise. The homes and yachts were ridiculously beautiful. We only had one evening to spend in Miami before leaving for our cruise the next morning and I'm very happy with our choice. The only reason I gave it 4 stars was due to our experience with taxis. Beware of being overcharged because you are a tourist! Negotiate a fare upfront.

3. Miami Peacock Adventures - Day Tours

6140 SW 16th St, Kendall, FL 33155-2111
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5 based on 85 reviews

Miami Peacock Adventures - Day Tours

Are you interested in catching your first peacock bass? Your biggest ever? First on the fly? Here at Miami Peacock Adventures, we help people turn their dreams into reality on a daily occasion. We have landed multiple peacock bass up to 10 pounds and hold the IGFA world record for Popoca Peacock Bass. Come down and catch a trophy of your own!

Reviewed By Jim K

We had an amazing trip with Captain Scott Rose. We caught over 50 Peacocks and 5 other species of fish. Our Capt. Was extremely knowledgeable about fishing and other aquatic wildlife.
He was an awesome teacher and very patient. We did both Fly and Spin. Scott also knows a lot about fishing in Alaska and S. America.
He plans special trip to these locations. Most importantly he is friendly, a good listener, on time and you will have a ton of fun!
This was our first trip with Capt. Scott Rose. I’m sure we will be fishing with him again.

4. Village of Merrick Park

358 San Lorenzo Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33146-1860 +1 305-529-0200
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 335 reviews

Village of Merrick Park

Reviewed By 141Dini - Miami Beach, Florida

This is a great shopping g area. There is a wide variety of retail stores in a very beautiful setting. They also have a number of restaurants with outdoor seating so a good place to shop and have lunch.

5. Church of the Little Flower

2711 Indian Mound Trl, Coral Gables, FL 33134-5553 +1 305-446-9950
Excellent
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4.5 based on 81 reviews

Church of the Little Flower

Reviewed By anne201552017 - Miami, Florida

We attended a wedding of my friend's daughter and we thought it was the most solemn and well prepared mass and ceremony. The church and grounds were well maintained and there was adequate parking space in the vicinity.

6. Shops at Merrick Park

358 San Lorenzo Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33146-1860 +1 305-529-1215
Excellent
54%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 83 reviews

Shops at Merrick Park

Reviewed By Jennifer R - South Miami, Florida

It's has good shopping with variety of stores. The food and restaurants I am not a fan off. The parking is always easy

7. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

3251 S Miami Ave, Miami, Florida 33129, Miami, FL 33129-2831 +1 305-250-9133
Excellent
66%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 6 reviews

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Built in 1916 as a winter retreat, this lavish villa is a tribute to the Italian Renaissance. The museum contains much of the original furnishings and artwork, and is surrounded by lush, formal gardens.

Reviewed By potro2016 - San Jose, Costa Rica

Really nice place to take a break from daily traffic and shopping. Learn about living in times past and enjoy the beautiful and large gardens. Well kept place despite hurricanes
affecting the area once in a while. There was some maintenance work going on, to be able to bring back to normal areas damaged by recent hurricanes. The house itself is also very interesting and huge.

8. Miracle Mile

Coral Way Ave. and S.W. 42nd Ave., Between S.W. 37th, Coral Gables, FL 33134 +1 305-444-3210
Excellent
34%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 642 reviews

Miracle Mile

Reviewed By Victoria H

I love the specials and shops. Perfect combination of dining and shopping with almost all types of food and dessert places. Even beauty parlors and my favorite wedding shops...they are beautifying so traffic can get crazy during construction times... but the variety is worth it if you walk from a garage. Many garages... for cheap parking.

9. Coral Gables City Hall

405 Biltmore Way, Coral Gables, FL 33134-5770 +1 305-446-6800
Excellent
44%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 99 reviews

Coral Gables City Hall

Reviewed By howards736 - Miami, Florida

Built about 90 years ago, city hall was the focal point and end of the Miracle Mile.

The building was designed by George Merrick's team in the Mediterranean style of the city. Coral rock was used and is visable in the facade.

Inside it is a functional city hall with offices for many of the city officials. Want to see action go up to the third floor in the morning and watch builders, architects and homeowners try and convince the building department that their plans comply with the very strict building code.

Outside you will enjoy Santa or a farmers market or the Junior Orange Bowl parade which kicks off in front of city hall the end of December.

A walk around the city will illustrate why the building code is both loved and hated by the residents and builders. Property values are substantially higher in this 15 block wide city where you have to follow the rules.

As you stand in front of City Hall, face east and take a walk down the Miracle Mile. Two blocks down on the northeast corner is the Colonnade. Once a bank and now a hotel, the former bank lobby has a magnificent mural on the ceiling.
Across the street in the TD bank are some old photos of where you are standing.

10. Lowe Art Museum

1301 Stanford Dr, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL 33146-2099 +1 305-284-3535
Excellent
47%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 84 reviews

Lowe Art Museum

Reviewed By markmd - California

My wife & I came to Miami (from California) primarily to see art and of the museums we've visited thus far, Lowe is head a shoulders above the rest. There is a wide variety, but for us the highlights are the "Dandy Lion" exhibit and the glass. To this time our all time favorite glass museum has been in Corning, N.Y. Although this (Palley) exhibit is not as large, the quality is every bit as good.

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