8 places in Coconut Grove worthy of your next day trip

History and heritage still echo through The Grove, as you discover when strolling beside the bay at Peacock Park; or by visiting Ralph Munroe’s former home The Barnacle, which dates back to 1891. Surrounded by subtropical foliage, The Barnacle is one of the few places where you can still see the dense tropical hardwood hammock that used to cover much of coastal Miami.

Keep your eyes peeled for the Trapp Homestead, constructed in 1887 and privately owned today; the Ransom School Pagoda, built in 1902 and now part of the Ransom Everglades School campus; and The Kampong, where you can admire 2,000 rare and unusual varieties of tropical and subtropical fruits, palms, vines and flowering trees.

Another early home still surrounded by luxuriant grounds is now a museum: Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, winter residence of industrialist James Deering from 1916 to 1925. Despite its location near the tropics, Vizcaya was designed to resemble a 17th century Italian villa and is known for having one of the most significant collections of Italian furniture in the United States.

1. The Barnacle Historic State Park

Exterior of the Barnacle in Coconut Grove, an old-style "green" house.
Exterior of the Barnacle in Coconut Grove, an old-style “green” house.

The Barnacle Historic State Park, built in 1891, has beautiful gardens, awesome waterfront views, well-preserved houses and boats.

2. The Kampong

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The Kampong, with its exotic plant life and botanical gardens, is often overlooked. It shouldn’t be. This is one of Miami’s best-kept secrets.

305-442-7169
ntbg.org/gardens/kampong.php

4013 S. Douglas Rd.

3. David Kennedy Park

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Kennedy Park is the place to go to work out the extra calories or bring Spot for an off-leash run. There’s also a sand pit for volleyball, not to mention a darn good view of Biscayne Bay.

305-575-5256
www.miamiandbeaches.com/parks

2200 S. Bayshore Dr.

4. Peacock Park

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Peacock Park has playing fields and an outdoor playground with view of the bay..

305-575-5256
www.miamiandbeaches.com/parks

2820 McFarlane Rd.

5. Dinner Key Marina

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Sailing on your own or with someone who knows ranks so Coconut Grove. At Dinner Key Marina, businesses offer a variety of day cruises to sunset sails, paddleboards and kayaks.

305-329-4755

3400 Pan American Dr.

6. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

 Images from Vizcaya Museums and Gardens built by agricultural industrialist James Deering in 1916 and features ten acres of formal gardens. Photo: Tomas Loewy.
Tomas Loewy.

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens’ Italian Renaissance-style architecture offers a peek into how the wealthy lived in early Miami. Built in 1916 for snowbird/industrialist James Deering, it is a favorite spot for photo shoots.

305-250-9133
vizcaya.org

3251 South Miami Ave.

7. Trapp Homestead

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Built by one of the early families of settlers to Coconut Grove, Trapp Homestead is anchored by the Trapp House. It was built by Caleb and Harlan Trapp of limestone and wood from junked boats. The Trapp House, designated a historic site more than a decade ago, was one of very few stone structures during its time — a testament to Caleb Trapp’s skill as a stone mason, according to city documents.

2521 S. Bayshore Dr.

8. Ransom School Pagoda

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One of only two enduring buildings on the historic campus of Pine Knot Camp and the Adirondack-Florida School, the Ransom School Pagoda is indicative of a Miami architectural style from the early 20th century. Adirondack-Florida School, founded by Paul Ransom, was the country’s first duo-campus school with classes in New York and Florida. Historians say the building is an example of design adaptations to South Florida’s climate, city documents show.

3575 Main Hwy

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