Culture & Art

Historic Fun

If you’re a native Miamian, you’ve almost certainly been on a school field trip to The Barnacle in Coconut Grove for a day of fun, sun and learning. But visiting this local gem as an adult is quite a different experience.
Text by Cecilia Dubon Slesnick | May 16, 2018 | Culture & Art

Deep in the heart of Coconut Grove along the shores of Biscayne Bay lies one of our state’s most treasured historic sites: The Barnacle Historic State Park. It was built in 1891 by Commodore Ralph Monroe, who like many early pioneers in Miami, fell in love with the final wild frontier the country had left to offer. Starting this season, The Barnacle will be home to movies on its great lawn and picnic-friendly concerts under the stars. This month, a concert with local band Iko-Iko is scheduled that will allow guests to indulge on home-brought wine & cheese as they enjoy the show. If you want the kids to tag along, there’s plenty of space for them to dance under the pavilion. The Barnacle is also home to an “Old Time Dance” this month. If you’re not ready to swing your partner round and round, they offer lessons before the big dance. Tired of the same candy every year at the same houses? Well, the park also has a great Halloween event for the whole family to enjoy on Oct. 30 from 12 p.m.-4 p.m. There’s also an annual arts festival on the grounds in November which draws local artists and art-lovers alike;