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Barnacle State Historic Site

Neighborhood: Coconut Grove
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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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Pembroke Pines, Florida, Usa
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65 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 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 11 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 

2 Thank Rafael V
Miami, Florida
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151 reviews
45 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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81 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 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 

Thank Mel_Medd
Lexington, Massachusetts
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125 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 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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52 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 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
Lausanne, Switzerland
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238 reviews
122 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

A walk in the forest to reach a large grass area where you are supposed to imagine the life of ancient pioneers settled in the area, with the help of a reconstructed house. The view on the bay is nice though.

Thank aa27
Amersham, United Kingdom
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282 reviews
75 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

My title says it all. I wandered into it whilst staying in the area and was pleased to have done so but don't make a special trip!

Thank Simon D
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19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

I didn't arrive at the right time to see the interior of the house so was just able to walk around the extremely small park. There is a short walk through a very narrow forest, then the ugly house, a large lawn and the water. None of it was particularly attractive or interesting.

2 Thank ColinL675
Dayton, Ohio
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31 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

We lived in the area for a couple of years and we were visiting the area again with friends last week and decided to travel to Coconut Grove. We literally stumbled upon the park by accident and decided to take the nice shady walk through Barnacle Park. We enjoyed seeing all the lush and pristine vegetation and trees along the... More 

1 Thank Thomas P

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