Boat Tours, Paddle-craft Rentals and Select Conveniences Temporarily Unavailable
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.
Elliott Key Harbor and Campground Closed Until Further Notice
Contractors began work to repair damaged boardwalks and marina at Elliott Key and the visitor center grounds. The marina and campground at Elliott Key are closed until the repairs are complete. University Dock on Elliott Key remains open for day use only. More »
Distance Learning Opportunities
Biscayne National Park is a great place to come on a field trip or to explore on your own, but not everyone lives close enough to get to the park. So what's the next-best thing? How about a virtual visit? There are two electronic field trips available:
Join underwater archaeologist and park ranger Brenda to explore Biscayne's shipwreck heritage. Where were the ships coming from? What were they carrying? Why are there so many shipwrecks in the park? You'll discover the answers to these questions and more in this interactive experience.
Ranger Maria guides you on an exploration of mangroves, seagrasses and coral reefs in this virtual underwater adventure. Discover the park's four primary ecosystems, how they are related, and why they are important to people. Teacher materials are available for this experience.
Accompany Biscayne National Park visitors Penny and Ryan as they embark on a journey to become Junior Rangers. Follow them on a scavenger hunt, an exploration of the mangroves, and a trip to the coral reef. This virtual field trip was created in cooperation with WPBT's Channel 2 KidVision VPK program.
Picnic at Porgy is a Traveling Trunk that can be delivered to any classroom. At this teacher-led "picnic" students explore the pioneering and African American history of Biscayne on Porgy Key.
Did You Know?
In 2001, scientists taking a plant inventory in Biscayne National Park discovered a population of semaphore pricklypear cactus, one of the world's rarest plants. Previously known as only 9 plants in the lower Florida Keys, the new population numbered 570 plants...over 60 times the previous count.