The former home of naval architect and early settler Ralph Middleton Munroe is now a museum in the heart of the Grove. It’s the oldest house in Miami (1891), on 5 acres of natural hammock (hardwood forest) and landscaped lawns. The quiet surroundings, wide porches, and period furnishings illustrate how Miami’s first snowbird lived in the days before condo-mania and luxury hotels. Enthusiastic and knowledgeable state park employees provide a wealth of historical information to those interested in quiet, low-tech attractions such as this one. On Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:45pm, there’s sunset yoga by the sea ($15). Call for details on the fabulous monthly moonlight concerts of folk, blues, or classical music, with picnicking encouraged ($7–$10; free under age 10).
Barnacle State Historic Site
3485 Main Hwy (btw. Commodore Plaza and McFarlane Rd.), Miami, FL
Our Rating Hours Fri–Mon 9am–5pm. Tours Fri–Mon at 10am, 11:30am, 1pm, and 2:30pm Phone 305/442-6866 Prices Admission $2. Tours $3 adults, $1 ages 6–12 Web site Barnacle State Historic Site