Barnacle State Historic Park

The beautiful 19th century house with a whimsical name dates to a quieter time. The Barnacle, built in 1891, offers a glimpse of Old Florida during The Era of the Bay. Situated on the shore of Biscayne Bay, it was the home of Ralph Middleton Munroe, one of Coconut Grove´s most charming and influential pioneers. Munroe's principal passion was designing yachts. In his lifetime, he drew plans for 56 different boats. As a seaman, civic activist, naturalist, and photographer, Commodore Munroe was a man who cherished the natural world around him. A walk into the park passes through a tropical hardwood hammock. In the 1920s, it was representative of the original landscape within the city of Miami. Today, it is one of the last remnants of the once vast Miami Hammock. Enjoy sitting in the rocking chairs on the spacious porch used as a gathering place or on a bench under a tree for solitude.

The Barnacle is open to the public 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Friday through Monday with guided tours at 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. The park is open Tuesday through Thursday for group tours with advance reservations. The park is closed New Year´s, Thanksgiving and Christmas days.

The Barnacle is located in Coconut Grove (Miami) at 3485 Main Highway.

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  • Barnacle State Historic Park
  • 3485 Main Highway
  • Coconut Grove, FL 33133
  • 305-442-6866
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