The planned community of Coral Gables, which was founded in 1925 and looks more like a Mediterranean city, is known for having the highest concentration of live theater shows in the Miami area as well as for having a plethora of opportunities to enjoy exquisite restaurants. It’s also home to numerous art galleries, museums and antique collections.
On the first Friday of every month, visitors to Coral Gables can join in the free Gallery Walk from 7-10pm in the downtown area. For 20 years, Gallery Nights have been revealing some of the city’s best art collections to interested parties; participating venues include the Coral Gables Museum, Miami Dade College (MDC), the ArtSight Gallery, Alhambra, The Americas Collection, the Ninoska Huerta Gallery, the Durban Segnini Gallery, and Cernuda Arte. Art ranges from jewelry to fine art and takes a variety of forms, including sculptures. You can explore the area with a map, popping in any gallery you choose, or take a trolley to save some time.
Restaurants in the downtown area often have live entertainment and al fresco dining; styles of eateries range from Italian trattorias, steakhouses, sandwich shops, raw bars, and chocolatiers to cuisines from Italy, France, Japan, Peru, Mexico, Thailand, Spain, and the Mediterranean.
Coral Gables isn’t short on other things to do either. There’s a Venetian Pool with grottos and palm trees; the oldest 9-hole golf course in Florida, Granada Golf Course; the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden with almost a dozen lakes; and Matheson Hammock Park with wildlife native to the Everglades.