Miami is home to an eclectic array of architectural wonders and styles - and perhaps no building is more evocative of original Miami architecture than Barnacle Historic State Park. Located on the picturesque Biscayne Bay in Coconut Grove, the Barnacle in Miami is a sprawling house that was built by Ralph Middleton Munroe, a great sailor whose passion for building sea vessels and yachts has made him a famous name in the nautical world. He built the Barnacle in 1921 and designed it to seamlessly integrate with the natural wonders around the estate. In 1973, the estate was placed on the National Register of Historic Houses, making it an important historic landmark in southern Florida.
Today, the Barnacle holds the distinct honor of being the oldest house with its original foundation in the Miami area. The estate boasts a museum with an interpretive exhibit, picnicking facilities, and a historic park that's home to some of the best wildlife watching in the Miami area.
Barnacle Exhibits and Activities
When you visit the Barnacle in Miami, you can opt to explore the museum, where you'll learn all about the life of Ralph Middleton Munroe and how he helped to establish Miami as one of the yachting capitals of the world. You can also opt to visit the museum's interpretive exhibit, which is a hands-on guide to the area's first pioneers, in addition to the plant and animal life that makes up Coconut Grove.
When you're done exploring the museum, you can take part in these outdoor activities while surrounded by the picturesque landscapes of the Barnacle:
- Go for a picnic: Grab your family and make an afternoon of your visit to the Barnacle in the naturally shaded picnic facilities.
- Wildlife watching: If you want to discover Florida's incredibly diverse wildlife, then visit Barnacle Historic State Park and take a look at the many birds that migrate to one of the last natural habitats of the Miami Hammock.
A trip to the Barnacle will certainly take up the majority of your day, as there's so much to see and do in this historically fascinating natural preserve.
Barnacle is located in Coconut Grove in Biscayne Bay, which is located just east of downtown Miami. The physical address of the Barnacle Historic State Park is 3485 Main Highway in Coconut Grove. If you're visiting from out of town there are many hotels in Coconut Grove. You may also want to visit CocoWalk while you're in the neighborhood.
Barnacle Hours of Operation
The hours of operation for Barnacle are 9 AM to 5 PM on Friday through Monday; the park is closed on Tuesdays. Wednesdays and Thursdays are open for group tours only, which must be made in advance through the reservations desk. Guided tours take place at 10 AM, 11:30 AM, 1 PM and 2:30 PM.
Barnacle Historic State Park is closed on the following holidays: New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Admission There is no staff to collect admissions to the park itself; instead, the recommended $2 fee is collected on the honor system, and is payable in the honor box at the front of the park. For the museum, ticket prices range from $3 for adults and $1 for children between the ages of six and 12. Children under the age of five are not required to pay a fee.