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:
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?
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.