• Purple, yellow, gold and orange sponges and soft corals wave against a turquioise sea.


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  • 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.

Suggested Reading

The books listed below may be found online through the Everglades Association. Other books, including titles on butterflies, birds, trees, manatees, and dolphins, are also available.


Charlotte's Story by Charlotte Niedhauk

The Young Wrecker on the Florida Reef by Richard Meade Bache

Twenty Florida Pirates by Kevin M. McCarthy


The Coral Reef by Jerry and Idaz Greenburg

Coral Reefs (Peterson Field Guides) by Eugene H. Kaplan

Seashore Plants of South Florida & The Carribean by David W. Nellis

Florida Keys - Natural Wonders of an Island Paradise by Jeff Ripple

For Children

The Sea, The Storm, and The Mangrove Tangle by Lynne Cherry

Sam the Sea Cow by Francine Jacobs

Into the Sea by Brenda Z. Guiberson


Did You Know?

Caribbean Spiny Lobster

While lobstering is permitted in Biscayne National Park, the tasty crustaceans are protected in the Biscayne Bay-Card Sound Lobster Sanctuary, where harvest is prohibited year round. More...