BISCAYNE NATIONAL PARK

 

...An underwater safari.

  Located on the Atlantic Ocean, just south of Miami, 95% of Biscayne National Park is underwater. It consists of a narrow mainland shoreline area, several islands (a.k.a. "keys") and all of the water in between. Biscayne National Park is also home to the northern end of North America's largest living coral reef. The coral reef along with the warm, shallow bay makes Biscayne National Park an ideal place to view marine life. The park offers numerous concessions and tours including glass bottom boat tours, snorkel trips, scuba trips, transportation to the various islands, canoe rentals and kayak rentals. Primitive camping is available on Elliot and Boca Chica Keys. Planning ahead is essential as reservations for the various activites and tours are highly recommended, and in some cases, required.

Our visit was a brief one. It was a gray overcast morning. We spent about an hour at the park's main visitor center, the Dante Fascell Visitor Center at Convoy Point. The office and dock for most of the boat excursions are located here. This visitor center also has a book store, several pretty decent exhibits and a theater which shows a very nice 15-minute orientation film. Our highlight was seeing two manatees swimming in the channel by the dock. To fully take in this park's main features, it is imperative for one to get wet and/or take a boat ride. Nevertheless, the Dante Fascell Visitor Center is easily accessible by car and certainly worth a look for an hour or two. The park is about a 15-minute drive from Florida's Turnpike Exit 2 (Speedway Blvd.) or the main intersection in Florida City (U.S. 1 and 328th St.).

   
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BISCAYNE NATIONAL PARK PHOTOS - CLICK ON THUMBNAILS FOR LARGER IMAGE

       
  PARK ENTRANCE   DANTE FASCELL VISITOR CENTER   CONVOY POINT   DANTE FASCELL VISITOR CENTER
               
         
  CONVOY POINT   DANTE FASCELL VISITOR CENTER   MANATEE