Museum’s 1st Autumn Trails outing reveals ‘secret gardens’
Riding on the success of its “Summer Spokes” bicycle tours of interesting venues in Coral Gables, the Coral Gables Museum is continuing the theme with “Autumn Trails” outings in September, October and November.
The first tour, Secret Gardens, will take participants into beautiful gardens that aren’t fully visible from streets and city sidewalks. Led by a horticultural expert, the tour will depart the museum at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16.
Participants will gain access behind the walled gardens of local churches, universities and private homes for a sneak peek of tropical splendor.
Upcoming Autumn Trails will lead to:
• Pinewood Cemetery, Oct. 21. Participants will ride to the oldest cemetery south of the Miami River and the final resting place of many of Miami-Dade County’s pioneer settlers. Though Pinewood cemetery was once abandoned, overgrown and desecrated by vandals and thieves, it is now protected and recognized as a historic site within the city of Coral Gables.
• American Heroes, Nov. 18. Did you know that the Biltmore Hotel was a V.A. Hospital where General Eisenhower himself stayed for bursitis treatment? That American Legion Post 98 is one of the longest-established downtown buildings? Coral Gables has been host and home to many American soldiers. The tour includes a stop at the Biltmore. Veterans are free!
Bike rentals are available across the street from the museum at No Boundaries. All tours depart at 11 a.m. from the museum, 285 Aragon Ave.
RSVP to 305-603-8067. Admission is $10 per person, $5 for museum members (veterans free on Nov. 18). For more information visit www.coralgablesmuseum.org.