Biscayne National Park is a wonderful place to visit, a paradise for wildlife-watching, snorkeling, diving, boating, fishing and other activities that attract near 300,000 visitors a year.
Within the park boundaries are the longest stretch of mangrove forest left on Florida’s east coast, the clear shallow waters of 3iscayne Bay, over 40 of the northernmost Florida Keys, and a pectacular living coral reef.
Superimposed on all of this natural beauty is evidence of 10,000 years of human history, including stories of native peoples, shipwrecks, pirates, pioneers and presidents.
Since 95 percent of the park is covered by water, the best way to get to know Biscayne is to get wet – or at least get out on a boat.
Visitors can experience the beauty of a living reef while remaining dry and comfortable on a glass bottom boat crewed by a licensed Captain and mate.
In a three-hour tour you will see sea turtles, hogfish, colorful tropical fish, living coral and much more. A national park ranger accompanies the tour to provide information about the park and the importance that the park plays in protecting one of the nation’s most unique natural resources.
This tour usually departs daily at 10 a.m.
Reservations are always recommended.
Another good way to appreciate the beauty of the park is by snorkeling over the living coral reefs. One hour 15 minutes water time. A park ranger orientation begins 15 minutes prior to departure.
These tours last from 10 a. m. to 1 p. m. Monday through Friday and from 1:30 to 4:30 p. m. seven days a week.
The fee includes mask, snorkel, fins, snorkeling vest and instruction.
For additional information on these tours, please call 305-230-1100.
Biscayne National Park is open daily from 8:30 a. m. to 5 p. m. Admission is free.
To reach the park from US 1, go east on SW 328 Street (N. Canal Drive), 9 miles to Biscayne National Park.
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