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

    Biscayne

    National Park Florida

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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.

Your Dollars At Work

Although the majority of the park's needs are filled using tax dollars, a variety of other funding sources make additional programs possible. These include:

  • Fees collected at Elliott and Boca Chita Keys for camping and overnight docking
  • Grants and donations received through the South Florida National Parks Trust
  • Grants from outside sources like the Captain Bob Lewis Boat Center Yamaha Billfish Challenge and the State of Florida's sea turtle license plate program

In addition to the money used to operate the park and its programs, park visitors have an economic impact on the surrounding community. In 2003, the National Park Service and Michigan State University issued a report entitled Impacts of Visitor Spending on Local Economy: Biscayne National Park 2001. The report concluded that the park's nearly half-million visitors that year contributed nearly $22 million to the local economy and supported 290 jobs. Read the full report here.

Did You Know?

manatees

Manatees are aquatic relatives of elephants. They have thick gray skin, coarse hairs, big toenails on their flippers, and lips that can rip and tear plants. Ask a Biscayne National Park ranger for suggestions on good places to look for these gentle giants.