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.
Aliens Invade Biscayne National Park's Family Fun Fest
Contact: Gary Bremen, 305-230-1144, x007
South Florida’s National Parks are being invaded by aliens! They’re not little green men from outer space though. Lionfish, pythons, iguanas and a slew of exotic plants are just a few of the many alien species wreaking havoc on the South Florida ecosystem. On March 13, Biscayne National Park’s multi-award- winning Family Fun Fest will focus on the serious problem in a fun and educational way. The free event takes place on Sunday, March 13, 2011 at the park's Dante Fascell Visitor Center from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Stations located around the visitor center provide a variety of interactive and hands-on activities, including:
Participants will receive a paper passport to be punched at each station as they complete the activities. Those who complete all five activities will earn a special button to help remember the day, and those who earn five buttons in a season will receive a Family Fun Fest Fanatic award in April.
Family Fun Fest takes place on the second Sunday of every month from December through April. The series is made possible through a generous grant from the Captain Bob Lewis Billfish Challenge and the Bobby Duryea Memorial Fund at the South Florida National Parks Trust. Additional support this month comes from the Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves, the local geocaching community, and a host of dedicated volunteers.
The final Family Fun Fest of the 2010-2011 season will be:
The Dante Fascell Visitor Center is located at 9700 SW 328 Street, nine miles east of Homestead, Florida. Call 305-230-7275, extension 000 for more information.
Did You Know?
Elliott Key and other islands in Biscayne National Park were settled under the Homestead Act of 1862. This law gave free land to settlers willing to live on and farm a piece of land for five years. The main crops planted here were pineapples and key limes.