The Barnacle Historic State Park
Coconut Grove, FL 33133
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 Grove´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.
Tips from foursquare
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.
don't miss this local gem - a view into our village history and a really relaxing afternoon in the sun
Bring a few dollar bills
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.
Bring a picnic dinner to the outdoor concerts and enjoy !!
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1:00 p.m. every Fri., 2:30 p.m. every Fri., 10:00 a.m. every Sat., 11:30 a.m. every Sat., 1:00 p.m. every Sun., 2:30 p.m. every Sun.
Seeking assistants to lead small groups through the house and boathouse,... More »
6:30 p.m. January 14
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