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 »
Biscayne National Park's 172,000 acres play host to over 500,000 visitors per year. Though that number is 3 to 4 times the number of visitors per acre of any other national park in South Florida, you'll rarely see crowds here. Unlike many parks where visitors are generally confined to roads, trails and developed areas, Biscayne's visitation is much more dispersed. In some ways, that means that overall impacts to the resource by such large numbers of people are spread out and less noticeable. In other ways, it means that just about every part of the park is accessible to some sort of boat, so true wilderness can't really be found in the nation's largest marine park.
Learn more about the park's acreage and visitation (including monthly and yearly breakdowns) on the Public Use Statistics Office website.
Did You Know?
Tunicates, or sea squirts, live on the roots of the red mangrove tree. These simple animals survive by filtering plankton out of seawater, and hold promise as the source of potent drugs used to fight tumors. Watch for them when snorkeling along Biscayne National Park's mangrove-fringed shoreline.