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The Barnacle Historic State Park

Map & Directions 3485 Main Highway
Coconut Grove, FL 33133
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This beautiful house with a whimsical name dates to a quieter time. The Barnacle, built in 1891, offers a glimpse of Old Florida during The Era of the Bay. Situated on the shore of Biscayne Bay, this was the home of Ralph Middleton Munroe, one of Coconut GroveĀ“s most charming and influential pioneers. Munroe's principal passion was designing yachts. In his lifetime, he drew plans for 56 different sailboats. As a seaman, civic activist, naturalist, and photographer, Commodore Munroe was a man who cherished the natural world around him. A walk into the park passes through a tropical hardwood hammock. In the 1920s, it was representative of the original landscape within the city of Miami. Today, it is one of the last remnants of the once vast Miami Hammock. Enjoy sitting in the rocking chairs on the spacious porch used as a gathering place or on a bench under a tree for solitude.

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  • James E. on 03/11/12

    A true Miami hidden gem. Just a $2 donation add a short walk down a forest path to the bay leads you to a quiet retreat right in the city.

  • The Mutiny Hotel on 12/27/10

    don't miss this local gem - a view into our village history and a really relaxing afternoon in the sun

  • Charlie R. on 06/09/13

    Bring a few dollar bills

  • Luis V. on 08/24/12

    A sense of how the first European settlers in Miami (in the 1880s!) lived. Make sure to check if a tour is available- may not be worth going otherwise.

  • Carol R. on 07/14/12

    Bring a picnic dinner to the outdoor concerts and enjoy !!

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