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    Glass-bottom, snorkel, diving and island boat tours, and rentals for canoes and other paddle-craft, are temporarily unavailable. The park is working to resolve the issue as soon as possible and regrets the inconvenience. Limited snack items are available.

Family Fun Fest

Montage of photos of Family Fun Fest Activities.
Family Fun Fest offers fun and educational activities for all ages.
Photos by Thomas Strom and Christopher Boykin

Family Fun Fest is a free public program held on the second Sunday of every month from December through April. Each month, a different aspect of the park's diverse resources is highlighted at five hands-on activity stations located around the Dante Fascell Visitor Center. Participants receive a "passport" that they get punched as they complete each station. Those who get all five punches earn a specially-designed button to remember their day.

Family Fun Fest is made possible through funding provided by Park Visitor Donations and the Bobby Duryea Memorial Fund at the South Florida National Parks Trust, with additional support from the Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves, local businesses and organizations, and a host of dedicated volunteers.

Family Fun Fest 2014

The next season of Biscayne National Park's award-winning Family Fun Fest starts December 8, 2013. It will be chock-full of brand new activities, as well as the return of some all-time classics. The event's signature zany themes, creative activities and colorful buttons will all be back - and its all FREE! If you don't want to drive out to the park, just hop abaoard the free Homestead National Parks Trolley in downtown Homestead at Losner Park! AND, brand new for the 14th season, we are happy to bring you "Family Fun Fest Junior," activities for toddlers!

You can subscribe to our Family Friendly e-mail list by sending a message here with the words "Family Friendly List" in the subject line.

The Hungry Games
December 8, 2013 – 1 - 4 p.m.
Survival is never easy, especially if you're hungry. Biscayne's animals have some pretty ingenious ways of getting the food they need: poking, spearing, konking, turning their stomachs inside out, and even stealing dinner. All's fair in the Hungry Games!

Wrestling With Trash
January 12, 2014 – 1 - 4 p.m.
Whatcha gonna do, brother? Marine debris is everywhere, and we need to get a grip on it. Join the Wrestling with Trash Federation's (WTF's) biggest stars as we send garbage to rest….in…peace.

Biscayne Wintergames
February 9, 2014 – 1 - 4 p.m.
Who needs frostbitten fingers and toes? Let the Russians have the winter Olympics, while we enjoy the sunshine at the Biscayne Wintergames! Take a torch run, learn about skates, curling, and biathlon, and wrap it all up with a trip to the "metal" stand!

Down on the Farm
March 9, 2014 – 1 - 4 p.m.
Round up the "sea cows" and "sea horses," plant some pineapples, check out the porkfish and visit the BARN-acles as Family Fun Fest heads down to the farm!

A Sesame Street Salute
April 13, 2014 – 1 - 4 p.m.
Chances are that the parents of our Family Fun Fest kids grew up on a steady diet of the fuzzy monsters, giant birds and mathematical vampires that lived on Sesame Street. They're all back as the National Park Service salutes a kids TV classic.

Did You Know?

Mangrove Snapper

Mangrove snapper (also known as gray snapper) must be at least 10 inches long to keep. Following fishing regulations will ensure healthy fisheries in and outside of Biscayne National Park for generations to come. More...