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The Barnacle Historic State Park is a five acre Florida State Park located on Biscayne Bay at Main Highway in Coconut Grove. Built in 1891, it is the oldest house in its original location in Miami-Dade County. The beautiful house with a whimsical name dates to a quieter time and offers a glimpse of Old Florida during The Era of the Bay.

This was the home of Ralph Middleton Munroe, one of Coconut Grove’s founders, as well as founder and Commodore of the Biscayne Bay Yacht Club. He was also a leading designer of sailing 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 and lament the encoachment of the neighbouring condominiums.

The Florida Park Service acquired the remaining five acres of Munroe's original 40-acre homesite from his descendants in 1973.

Visit The Barnacle on my Coconut Grove Walking Tour.

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Hours of Operation
The Barnacle is open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with tours at 10, 11:30 a.m.; 1 and 2:30 p.m. The park is closed on Tuesdays, New Year’s, Thanksgiving and Christmas days.

Entrance Fees
Admission to the park is US$2.00 per person age 5 and over; under 5 are free.The house tour is an additional US$ 3.00 per person 13 and up, US$ 1.00 6 to 12, under 5 is free.

Location and Parking
The park is across the street from Greenstreet Cafe. The entrance is within sight of the Coconut Grove Playhouse. There is no parking available in the park itself, except for those with disabilities. However there is a public parking lot next to the playhouse and street parking throughout the neighbourhood.

Bus/Metrorail services
C (103) From 41st. Street, Miami Beach via Collins and Washington Avenue to Miami Downtown Government Center. Every 20 mins.
S 119 From Sunny Isles Beach, North and South Beach via Collins Ave to Miami Downtown Government Center. Every 15 mins.

At Miami Downtown Government Center ascend to the Metrorail station.
Take the southbound train. Coconut Grove Station is the third stop.
Descend to street level and take the Coconut Grove free trolley. Runs every 15 minutes. Alight at the corner of McFarlaine St. and Grand Avenue. Proceed a couple of blocks on Main Highway. It's to your left facing Greenstreet Cafe.

Driving Directions
From the North
Take I-95 South to the end, which becomes US 1. Continue South and Turn left at SW 27th Avenue. Continue to the end turn right on Bayshore Drive. As Bayshore Drive Bends right, it becomes MacFarlane Road. Move onto left lane and take a
hard left at the traffic light on Main Highway. The park is on the left shortly after the intersection of Commodore Plaza Street.

From the South
Take US 1 North to Bird Road/SW 40th Street. Turn right at McDonald Road and continue to the end which has a traffic light. Turn left on Grand Avenue, making an immediate right on Commodore Plaza Street. Continue to the end and turn

Address and Contacts:
The Barnacle Historic State Park
3485 Main Highway
Coconut Grove, Florida 33133
Phone: 305-442-6866

Link to The Barnacle on Biscayne Bay


The Barnacle
Entrance to The Barnacle
The Barnacle