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“Green Space in the Middle of the Grove” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Barnacle State Historic Site

Barnacle State Historic Site
3485 Main Highway, Coconut Grove, Miami, FL 33133 (Coconut Grove)
305-448-9445
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Ranked #35 of 88 Attractions in Miami
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Oakland Park, Florida
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“Green Space in the Middle of the Grove”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

Nice state park in the middle of urban Miami. The walkway to the house is very plush and beautiful, green and tropical.
The house is nice, the is a charge to take house tour.
Free if you want to stroll and enjoy the open yard and bay view.
Sad though on both sides of the park are condos that take away a lot of the beauty. Park only open a few days a week, think that's due to state budget cuts.

Visited August 2013
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“use bug spray”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

It's a short walk through the hammocks to the site, but in that short time you will be eaten alive by all the mosquitoes if you don't come prepared. It's a nice little spot for a picnic but there's really not much to see. The waterfront area is pretty small. It's only a $2 donation to get in and a few more for a tour. It's right in downtown Coconut Grove, so a good spot to get away for a short time.

Visited May 2013
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Miami, Florida
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“nothing to see.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

I understand it is historic but honestly there is nothing to see.
If you want go see it, look at water, shrug shoulders and leave.
Then you do not need to visit again for about 20 years..
If you went to eat across the street, drank too much and wanted to burn off the buzz then it will work.

Visited June 2013
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Miami, Florida
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“small park with an old home/museum to visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

The area is located in Coconut Grove and you can see the museum/home of a pioneer in our area Monroe' old home ,the park itself is small but nice and is on the water,after this visit you can walk to the Grove and eat at many restaurants in the area

Visited September 2012
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“Good Site, Great Value”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

Located in historic, trendy downtown Coconut Grove, Barnacle State Historic Site is well worth your time. Park nearby in public parking ($12/day) and you'll also be set for browsing shops and restaurants in the downtown area.

Built in 1891 by Commodore Ralph Monroe, the Barnacle House is the oldest house in its original location in Miami-Dade County. Walk down a beautiful shaded lane, through one of the last remaining tropical hardwood hammocks, past a carriage house, and you'll arrive at the custom-built house, which still contains most of the family furnishings.

This five-acre property also features "the cave," a mysterious, hand-dug pit cut right of of limestone, and a boat house Monroe used to design, build and repair various craft he sailed in Biscayne Bay. (During his lifetime, he designed 56 yachts.)

Bring cash to the site; admission is on the honor system and is a paltry $2 that you place in a state park envelope and drop in a metal box. Touring the inside of the house costs $3 and is well worth it; pay at the house. Tours only run 4x a day, so mind the schedule.

For a mere $5, you get a terrific stop with great atmosphere, an insightful look into a long-forgotten past, and a charming introduction to one of south Florida's most interesting pioneers.

Visited July 2013
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