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Venetian Pool, Coral Gables

This is the world's largest swimming pool which is emptied and refilled with fresh water every day

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The Venetian Pool is a one of a kind swimming pool, it is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and protected by the law. It is one of the main tourist attractions in Coral Gables due to the feature that it is emptied and refilled with fresh water every day during the summer. Due to unique technology the water in the pool is crystal clear and has a turquoise colour.

In the past, the pool was drained every day and replenished with fresh water from artesian springs. However, it ended up using massive amounts of water, draining local aquifers. So a new system was designed, where the pool water is allowed back into the aquifer, with a natural filtration cleaning up the wastewater. The water is changed daily during summer months.

The design of the pool is no less beautiful than its technology. It was built in 1924 out of the remains of a coral rock quarry and modelled as a Mediterranean grotto. A scenic Venetian style bridge was built over the pool along with some mooring posts for gondolas. The pool spreads to a few natural grotto caves available for swimmers to explore.

To enjoy the best of the Venetian Pool visit it during high season from May to September when it works for extended hours. However, if you wish, you can also visit at other times, as it stays open for all year, except December and January when the pool may be closed for renovations. Also, mind that children under the age of three are not allowed to swim in the pool.

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