A unique national park experience, Biscayne National Park is almost entirely underwater. ((courtesy, Biscayne National Park))

A rarity among national parks, Biscayne National Park is primarily aquatic. Of its 173,000 acres, 95 percent are under water. Teeming with sea life and plants, the park encompasses the turquoise waters of Biscayne Bay, the longest stretch of mangrove forest left on Florida's coast, living coral reefs, and 40 of the northernmost Florida Keys. Congress, led by longtime Florida representative Dante Fascell, created Biscayne National Monument (as it was originally called) in 1968 to protect "a rare combination of terrestrial, marine, and amphibious life in a tropical setting of great natural beauty." At the park, getting out on the water is the key to discovering the wonders of the landscape. At the Dante Fascell Visitor Center, visitors can join glass-bottom-boat tours, snorkeling and dive trips, and island excursions, or rent canoes and kayaks. Fishing is excellent, especially for snapper, snook, and barracuda. Patch reefs provide a snorkeler's paradise. In waters less than 10 feet deep, the living coral is home to a variety of sea life, including tropical fish, sponges, and the spiny lobster. Manatees, dolphins, and five species of sea turtle call the waters of Biscayne Bay home, as do moray eels, stingrays, squid, starfish, and hundreds of other varieties of fish.

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Family Review of Biscayne National Park

Away Travel Expert: Candyce H. Stapen
FamilyExpert Rating 4.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Children of all ages
FamilyExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • Second Sunday of every month from January to May the park hosts Family Fun Fest—it's free, interactive, fun, and educational
  • Canoes and kayaks are available for rent

9700 SW 328th Street
Homestead, Florida 33033

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: (305) 230-1120
Email: BISC_Information@nps.gov
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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