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Barnacle State Historic Site

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Address: 3485 Main Highway, Coconut Grove, Miami, FL 33133
Phone Number: 305-448-9445
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Interesting historical site

Nice little park like setting. Great old house to tour, with a good guide. No AC so don't go on a really hot day.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 6, 2015
Miami, Florida

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Miami, Florida
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372 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting history of Miami early days. Enlarging the house was intriguing. Grounds are pleasing. Great way to spend an hour.

Thank acielesz
St. Albans, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stumbled across this park by accident when I was exploring Coconut Grove and so pleased I did. Although not much here to do once you have seen the house, the story behind it is fascinating and the grounds are amazing. If I had a book and some refreshments I would happily sat here for a few hours - it... More 

Thank Melanie426
Hollywood, Florida
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63 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

Step off Main Highway in Coconut Grove, Fla and you step back in time, through mangroves and a wooded hammock to a Florida Treasure, the Barnacle. A great example of Old Florida architecture - the 19th century home of Ralph Munroe, one of Coconut Grove’s most interesting & influential pioneers. Built on the shores of Biscayne Bay when traveling by... More 

Thank UnclChuck
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

Really nice short diversion from the city. Really nice gardens and house, and a fantastic view from the pier - great place for a picnic in particular! It won't take up more than an hour or so but if you are in the area it'd be a shame not to see it.

Thank Dan T
Pembroke Pines, Florida, Usa
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61 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Next time you are in Coconut Grove, and have a few minutes to spare, find the sign and leisurely go explore the Barnacle. A little piece of property that lets you peek into the past. The walk to the house and water is under covered trees so it is cool. The historic house is small and there is a tour... More 

Thank Karen D
Miami, Florida, United States
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

This State Park has nothing to offer except a glimpse of how a 19th Century millionaire lived. Given the property, it seems to me he lived a fairly boring life. The house is average, and the park offers no activities of interest to children. I would recommend visiting Matheson Hammock or Alice Wainright Park. If you want to see a... More 

1 Thank Rafael V
Miami, Florida
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140 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Nice little park like setting. Great old house to tour, with a good guide. No AC so don't go on a really hot day.

Thank businesstraveler05
Miami, Florida
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80 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

The Barnacle is a historic home built in 1891. It was home to Ralph Middleton Munroe, one of Coconut Grove's most influential pioneers. The home offers a glimpse of life, when all travel to and from Miami was by boat. Munroe sought to preserve the forest on his land, and cut out a small trail through the hammock, barely wide... More 

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Lexington, Massachusetts
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121 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 via mobile

we were in the area and stumbled upon the park and decided to go in. It is a nice little oasis in an otherwise developed area. While I agree with another reviewer that you wouldn't want to go too far out of your way to go here, it is a very pleasant place and is good if you just want... More 

Thank mjc_travels
Miami, Florida
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45 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

There is a lot to learn about the history of South Florida in the late 1800s and early 1900s in this place. Make sure to go in time for the house tour, because that's the really interesting part. Will come again some time to check on the events they organize in the evenings, been told they are nice.

1 Thank Janet C

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