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Barnacle State Historic Site
Barnacle State Historic Site

Barnacle State Historic Site

9.530 reviews
Sights and Museums, Outdoors, Historic Site, Park
Ranked #26 in Miami things to do
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3485 Main Hwy, Miami, FL 33133
(305) 442-6866
https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/barnacle-historic-state-park
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This place is full of history! It's full of energy we loved it. it's a perfect place for a date!

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This beautiful house with a whimsical name dates to a simpler time. The Barnacle, built in 1891, offers a glimpse of frontier life during The Era of the Bay, when all travel to and from Miami was by boat. 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 preserved the forest on his land, cutting out only a winding buggy trail through the hammock—barely wide enough for one vehicle. As a result, the property contains many large, old trees. Left in its natural state, The Barnacle Historic State Park appears much as it did in Munroe's day, complete with replicas of two of his sailboats: Egret, a 28-foot (8.5m) sharpie ketch, designed in 1886, and the Flying Proa, designed in 1898. It is a great place to enjoy simple pleasures: A tour with new or old friends; a picnic on the lawn; walking with the family dog down a tree-lined path; or just rocking in a chair on the spacious front porch and watching the sailboats go by.

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Berlin, Germany

Bring your own picnic to this beautiful park at the bay. A winding path through a shady hammock leads you to this lush inviting place, which gives you the feeling that you have discovered a secret garden. The Barnacle itself is the oldest house in its original location in Miami Dade County. Built in 1891 it was the home of one of Coconut Grove’s founders, Ralph Middleton, who also was an avid sailor and yacht designer. The old boat ramp still leads out to the ocean. Feel free to let your imagination fly into the horizon.

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This place is full of history! It's full of energy we loved it. it's a perfect place for a date!

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Westport, Connecticut, USA

Located in the heart of Coconut Grove, this park is a hidden gem of the neighborhood. Wander through huge Banyan trees into an open park right on the Bay

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Local from Little Havana, Miami, Florida

Beautiful historic Barnacle!! a must visit. Walking distance from the house.

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Panama City, Panama

A sight to see.. It is an important part of history and beautiful too.. you can also see a part of history just under the balcony at the Women's club, the oldest club in Miami and the Library which is also a historical sight and an original from the beginning of the South Florida settlement days.. Lots to learn and see right there outside apt 1801 in the Sonesta of Coconut Grove..

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Walking distance from Apartment. Check their website for tours and other activities day or night. It is right on the bay. Amazing views!

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Palo Alto, California, USA

Home to the oldest house in Miami Dade County, surviving every hurricane. Modern houses are developed after the structural plan of the house here. The guy who built the place was very interesting so if you like history and have an hour or so kill in Coconut Grove, check the place out (it's only $5/person). The park itself is nice and quiet and happens to be across from some great restaurants.

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Lake Worth, Florida, USA

Commodore Munroe was a pretty fascinating and innovative individual, after a visit to his home I gained a great deal of respect for simple ingenuity. A really relaxing way to spend an afternoon.

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Historic house in Coconut Grove by early pioneers.

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Aliases: Barnacle Historic State Park, The

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