Biscayne National Park

Biscayne National Park is located on the southeastern tip of Florida. It spans from Homestead to the northern tip of the Florida Keys, over 181,000 acres. However, 95% of the park is UNDERWATER!! 1/3 of the world's largest coral reef is located in this park, as well as the famous Stiltsville village. You'll be surrounded by 10,000 years of human history. Archaeologists believe in the ice-age, Biscayne Bay was a large dry savannah, and that our prehistoric ancestor's history lies at the bottom of the bay, just waiting to be discovered.

There is Fowey Rocks Lighthouse first lit in 1878, coral reefs and six shipwrecks to explore along the Maritime Heritage (underwater) Trail, all mapped and easy to find. There are hiking trails, fishing, and two islands that have campgrounds (must provide your own boat transportation to get there!). The water is crystal clear, and there's tons of wildlife. The best site seeing is done from a boat, but it's also possible to see turtles, manatee and dolphin from shore. This area is also home to the Biscayne American Crocodile, though you probably won't see them, they're very shy.

If you want to take full advantage of this amazing national park, we suggest heading out on one of the Biscayne National Park's excursions. They offer boating, sailing, snorkeling, paddle-boarding trips at very reasonable prices. They'll take you to a shipwreck, underwater trails, through mangrove habitats and will help you identify all the amazing wildlife surrounding you.

Biscayne National Park is located on the southeastern tip of Florida. It spans from Homestead to the northern tip of the Florida Keys, over 181,000 acres. However, 95% of the park is UNDERWATER!! 1/3 of the world's largest coral reef is located in this park, as well as the famous Stiltsville village. You'll be surrounded by 10,000 years of human history. Archaeologists believe in the ice-age, Biscayne Bay was a large dry savannah, and that our prehistoric ancestor's history lies at the bottom of the bay, just waiting to be discovered.

There is Fowey Rocks Lighthouse first lit in 1878, coral reefs and six shipwrecks to explore along the Maritime Heritage (underwater) Trail, all mapped and easy to find. There are hiking trails, fishing, and two islands that have campgrounds (must provide your own boat transportation to get there!). The water is crystal clear, and there's tons of wildlife. The best site seeing is done from a boat, but it's also possible to see turtles, manatee and dolphin from shore. This area is also home to the Biscayne American Crocodile, though you probably won't see them, they're very shy.

If you want to take full advantage of this amazing national park, we suggest heading out on one of the Biscayne National Park Institute's excursions. They offer boating, sailing, snorkeling, paddle-boarding trips at very reasonable prices. They'll take you to a shipwreck, underwater trails, through mangrove habitats and will help you identify all the amazing wildlife surrounding you.

The park also offers many eco-interesting lectures and evening cruises, art exhibits, and summer camps. Summer movie night of '16 featured a "Jaws" showing out on the water... maybe they'll bring that event back! There are boater safety classes, Junior Ranger programs, free fishing classes and field trip opportunities at the park.

The Dante Fascell Visitor Center is located at Convoy Point, about 8 miles east of the Florida Turnpike. The visitor center is a two story building featuring a bookstore, museum, auditorium that hosts periodic film series and events, art exhibits and some fun activities for kids including a touch table. If just visiting for the day, there are plenty of park activities to do even if you don't have boat access. But if you want to take advantage of the amazing underwater activities, make sure to bring your kayak and snorkeling gear, dive gear, or make a reservation in advance for one of the excursions leaving the Visitor Center daily.

Biscayne National Park Park Fees, Hours

The visitor center is Convoy Point, and is open all year. Stop here first to get more information on camping, hiking and a map of the park. It's open daily from 8:30p to 4:30p. The park is open year round, 8am to 5pm. There is no fee to enter the park. There is a fee for camping and overnight docking.

Biscayne National Park Official Website






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