The Barnacle Historic State Park

The Barnacle Historic State Park

The Barnacle Historic State Park Set among large shade trees, the Barnacle Historic State Park takes visitors back to the late 1800s. Located on the shore of Biscayne Bay in Coconut Grove, the Barnacle is the oldest house in Miami-Dade County standing in its original location. It was the home of businessman and Coconut Grove pioneer Ralph Middleton Munroe, an avid yachtsman. The park, which appears much as it did in Munroe’s day, has replicas of two of his sailboats: Egret and the Flying Proa.

Things to Do

The park is a favorite spot for birdwatching enthusiasts. Throughout the year, you can spot doves, woodpeckers, nightjars, herons, pelicans, kingfishers and cormorants. Visitors can also take part in a treasure hunt through geocaching. Top off your park experience with a picnic in the shade. Picnic tables can be found on the front lawn by the Micco Pavilion, which can be used for private daytime events. Keep in mind there are no barbecue grills or trash cans in the park, and propane, gas stoves and open flames are prohibited within 100 feet of the historic buildings. Contact the park ahead of your visit to verify hours, amenity availability and rentals.


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