Experiences & Amenities
Despite its small size and urban location, The Barnacle is a good site for birding. The park's land side contains a remnant Tropical Hardwood Hammock filled with diverse evergreens and semi-deciduous trees and shrubs that attract a variety of perching birds, doves, woodpeckers, nightjars, and birds of prey—particularly during the fall and spring migrations. Herons, pelicans, kingfishers, cormorants, and shorebirds can be spotted on the bay side of the park throughout the year.
Geocaching is an outdoor game using hand-held global positioning systems (GPS) devices. It's effectively an inexpensive, interactive, high-tech treasure hunt that's a great way to learn geography. Participants use location coordinates to find caches. Some caches are easy to find; others are more difficult. The biggest reward is the thrill of the search and the discovery of a place where you have never been. Geocaching should have minimal impact to the environment and conscientious land use ethics should be followed.
Picnic tables are located on the front lawn, near the Micco Pavilion. There are no barbecue grills or trash cans in the park. Propane and gas stoves and open flames are prohibited within 100 feet of the historic buildings. All trash, litter and picnic remains must be removed as this is a pack-it-in, pack-it-out park.
Fees: $3 ages 13 and up. $1 ages 6-12. Ages 5 and under free. Tour Fees are in addition to Daily Entrance Fees and cannot be waived.
Daily Tours: 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Each tour is limited to 10 people on a first-come-first-served basis. Please stop by the Gift Shop to purchase tickets.
School Field Trips and Group Tours: Groups of up to 30 visitors may participate in guided house tours on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays by reservation. Please contact the Park Office (305) 442-6866 at least two weeks in advance for a Group Tour Reservation Form.
The Micco Pavilion is available for daytime private events. A deposit and signed rental contract are due within two weeks of making a reservation. Interiors of the historic buildings are not available for rental. Vehicle access and parking are restricted. Bounce houses, balloons, piñatas, and alcohol are prohibited, and all trash must be removed from the premises at the conclusion of the event. Other rules and restrictions apply. Call (305) 442-6866 or visit the Gift Shop for additional information.
- 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Includes deliveries, set up and clean up)
- Up to 50 guests
- 1 onsite parking space
- Deposit: $250. Due within two weeks of making reservation. Refundable if event ends on time, no damage done, and no additional cleanup needed.
- Rental Fee: $214. Due at least two weeks prior to event.
- Off-Duty Park Staff: $35/hour. 3 hour minimum. Due at least two weeks prior to event.
- Daily Entry Fee: $2 per person. Ages 5 and under free. Due at conclusion of event.
- 6' Rectangular Tables: $10 each
- Plastic Lawn Chairs: $1 each
The Barnacle Historic State Park has a history pickled in brine. The house with the nautical name was the residence of Ralph Middleton Munroe: Coconut Grove pioneer, boat designer, sailor, photographer and Commodore of the Biscayne Bay Yacht Club during its first 22 years.
When Munroe arrived in Miami in the late nineteenth century, small, shallow-draft sailboats were the sole means of transportation in the area. Boat maintenance and repair—Munroe’s primary occupations in addition to salvage and yacht design—were essential parts of daily life. Munroe’s home serves as a tangible reminder of the Era of the Bay that ended when the Florida East Coast Railroad arrived in 1896 and Miami became a city.
- Built in 1891, The Barnacle is the oldest house in Miami-Dade County still standing in its original location and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
The interior of the historic house contains many original furnishings and appears much as it did when the Munroe Family occupied it in the early 1900s. Visitors may enter the house during one of four daily guided tours. Food, beverages, flash photography, and pets are not permitted inside.
Dogs are welcome in the park from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pets must be well-behaved and must at all times be kept on a handheld leash that is six feet or shorter in length. Pet owners are required to pick up after their pets and properly dispose of their droppings. Pets are not permitted inside the historic house or at after hours special events.
Men's and women's restrooms are located in their own building between the Pay Station and the Gift Shop.
The ground floor of the historic house is wheelchair accessible. An alternate photographic tour is available for guests who cannot or who do not wish to climb stairs to the second floor. The park's trail, gift shop, pavilion, and restrooms are wheelchair accessible.
- 0.1 mile
Typical Grade is 1.2%.
- 4% of the trail is between 3% and 4%
- 26 feet is between 3% and 4%
Typical Cross Slope is 0.7%
- 100% of the trail is between 0% and 2%
Typical Tread Width is 72 inches
- 100% of the tread width is 72 inches
Trail Surface is Concrete
- 100% of the trail from the park entrance to the bay is paved.