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“A look at life in Miami before there was a Miami” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Barnacle State Historic Site

Barnacle State Historic Site
Ranked #55 of 338 things to do in Miami
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McLean, Virginia, USA
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14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“A look at life in Miami before there was a Miami”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2012

You'll imagine what life was like in early Florida by visiting this historic home site, the earliest house left. The owner was the first "snowbird" to come here during the cold winters up north. The day we were there a wedding was taking place which added to our enjoyment. The home and boat house were crafted to allow a nice view of the water, survive hurricanes and minimize the heat by providing cross-ventilation. We spent a couple leisurely hours taking the tour, walking around, enjoying the views and resting.

Visited March 2012
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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“Gorgeous Property”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2012

We visited the Barnacle a week ago and it was such a lovely place to walk through. It was not a place to devote a day to, but definitely an hour. To get to the actual house you have to walk through some of the original and last standing hammocks of Miami. After passing through the thick greenery, the house stands on some of the most gorgeous waterfront property. Great place to visit and learn about Miami's history.

Visited March 2012
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Boston, Massachusetts
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Hidden gem. Imagine Miami before anyone was here!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2012

Take a walk down the 2 acres of untouched forest which is called "hammock" towards Ralph Munroe's home and boathouse located on Biscayne Bay. Its a genuinely interesting attraction because Florida doesn't have much "history" and since this dates to the late 1800's, it's something different than your typical architecture and typical tourist attraction. Being on the grounds its easy to close your eyes and make believe its 1888 as the sounds of the city fade and the natural smell of the hammock mixes with the light Bay air. The tours are usually very small (6 at our 1pm tour) and the guides are helpful and informative. The inside of the house looks like something you would see in turn of the century New England, not Florida. That's why this is such a charming novelty. Also, its only $2.00 per person admission on the honor system. Donations go for park upkeep. The tour is $3.00 per person.

Visited March 2012
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west yorkshire uk
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“Great place to visit.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2012

Excellent tour guide who brought out the ambience of what is was like to live in this historic house. Worth a visit as is the walk around the property.

Visited February 2012
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Washington, DC area
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“Fascinating look at early 20th century Miami life”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2012

This state park is well worth the visit. I recommend going at a time when you can catch a tour of the house. My husband and I went on a Monday morning and had the tour guide to ourselves. She was gracious, showing us both the house and boat house. We liked hearing the history of the home, and were especially fascinated by the creativity and engineering skill of the builder. The grounds were also nice to explore and included: a dock on the water where you can watch water fowl, a large green lawn, a bamboo grove, culinary gardens, and a hardwood hammock.

Visited January 2012
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