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“A Hidden Gem of an Oasis in the City of Miami”

Barnacle State Historic Site
Ranked #54 of 344 things to do in Miami
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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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338 reviews
173 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 295 helpful votes
“A Hidden Gem of an Oasis in the City of Miami”
Reviewed May 13, 2012

After visiting Vizcaya, we loved the total contrast and simplicity of Barnacle, the history trail boards offered us a glimpse into the life to Ralph M Munroe and his amazing achievements. A man of great foresight, we were left wondering what he would make of the Miami of today and its people. You need to arrive before 2.30 as that is the last tour around the house which is then locked up. We loved the park and sat in big cosy armchairs in the shade and had snooze. If we came back we would picnic in this lovely quiet oasis. This low cost venue- $2 honesty box entry fee and $3 tour guide should not make you think there is nothing much to see, we loved it and learnt to much.

Visited May 2012
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Miami, Florida
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188 reviews
54 attraction reviews
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“TRUE FLORIDA”
Reviewed May 11, 2012

Nice beaches, good for nature walks. Be sure to visit the historic lighthouse and go all the way to the top for great 360 views if you can handle the steps. There is a restaurant for lunch with decent food.

Visited April 2012
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Miami Lakes
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19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Beautiful!”
Reviewed May 7, 2012

My brother married at this park and it was private and scenic. It's also historic in Miami/Coconut Grove. A gem of a park.

Visited May 2012
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Vallejo, California
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17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Slice of the Past Preserved”
Reviewed April 19, 2012

For a nominal fee you get to experience in a small way what it was like to live in Miami in the late 1800's. The tour is recommended to get the most out your visit. It will not take a lot of time to walk from the road to the shore, and read the informative signs.

Visited April 2012
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McLean, Virginia, USA
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14 reviews
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“A look at life in Miami before there was a Miami”
Reviewed March 28, 2012

You'll imagine what life was like in early Florida by visiting this historic home site, the earliest house left. The owner was the first "snowbird" to come here during the cold winters up north. The day we were there a wedding was taking place which added to our enjoyment. The home and boat house were crafted to allow a nice view of the water, survive hurricanes and minimize the heat by providing cross-ventilation. We spent a couple leisurely hours taking the tour, walking around, enjoying the views and resting.

Visited March 2012
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