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“small park with an old home/museum to visit” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Barnacle State Historic Site

Barnacle State Historic Site
Ranked #48 of 315 things to do in Miami
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Miami, Florida
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46 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“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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Sandy, Utah
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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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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Great tour guide”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

I think you have to review this place in proportion to the cost of entry which including the tour is only $5. Bearing that in mind I think it is great value and a very interesting place when taken in context with the history of the local area. If you already know about Merrick, Deering, Flagler etc then you will love a visit to this place to find it's connection to the history of the area. The tour guide we had could not have been any nicer. Please remember to check the site for tour times because if you arrive an there is no tour you will not be allowed to enter the house.

Visited July 2013
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Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Nice walk”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Close by and for a small donation of 2$ each, worth the history lesson. Located right on Biscayne bay

Visited July 2013
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Miami, Florida
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“Good place to spend the 4th of July”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

The Barnacle offers a simple, small town 4th of July celebration. Hot dogs cooked on the grill, kite flying, croquette and live music. It's nothing fancy, but it is a very relaxing way to spend the holiday.

Visited July 2013
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