Swim through history at the Venetian Pool. Built in 1924, the pool is a freshwater oasis set with waterfalls, fountains and Spanish porticos. A short drive from University of Miami at 2701 De Soto Boulevard in Coral Gables.
Rock of Ages
Originally used as a military fort in the 1850s and later home to a maximum security prison, the infamous Alcatraz Island (also known as "The Rock") has been the site for many books, movies and TV shows. Take a self-guided tour or a fantastic audio tour narrated by ex-convicts as you visit the prison Cell House, the large dining hall, exercise yard, visitation windows and even see Frank Morris's cell. Tickets usually sell out so book in advance. Open daily from 9:30 a.m. Admission starts at $10.75 for children including the audio tour. Get there on ferry from Pier 41 on Fisherman's Wharf. Phone: (415) 705-5555.
A great retreat from the city, Golden Gate Park is the ultimate haven away from urban chaos. Larger than Central Park in New York City, this beautiful landmark once consisted of sand dunes and is now most famous for its spectacular gardens and landscapes like the Garden of Shakespeare's Flowers, the Japanese Tea Garden, Strybing Arboretum and Botanical Garden, and the Conservatory of Flowers, the oldest glass-and-wood Victorian greenhouse in the Western Hemisphere and home to more than 10,000 plants from around the globe. There are also great museums and many other activities from archery to dog runs. Bordered from north to south by Fulton St. and Lincoln Way, Stanyan St. from the east and Great Highway from the west.