Biscayne National Underwater Park, the park’s sole concessioner, has ceased operations.
Biscayne National Underwater Park, the park’s sole concessioner, has ceased operations. Boat tours and rentals are unavailable. We apologize for this interruption in service. The park is working to make options available to access and explore the park.
Elliott Key Harbor and Campground Closed Until Further Notice
While the harbor and campground are closed, University Dock remains open for day use only. The park approved a contractor to complete repair work. The contractor is in the process of acquiring necessary permits and hopes to begin repairs soon. More »
American All Stars Family Fun Fest
Contact: Gary Bremen, 305-230-1144, x007
HOMESTEAD, FLORIDA - Biscayne National Park will kick off the 13th season of the award-winning Family Fun Fest on Sunday, December 9 from 1-4 p.m. with an event titled American All Stars. Immediately preceding Family Fun Fest, the park and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will host a special citizenship ceremony for children. The free events takes place at the park's Dante Fascell Visitor Center, 9 miles east of Homestead.
"Welcoming new citizens in a place that they are now owners of is a recent tradition in the National Park Service," said Park Ranger Gary Bremen. We held our first ceremony last February, and it was such a success we are doing two in December." The one for children is an ideal lead-in to the Family Fun Fest which will highlight the contributions of great Americans commemorated at other National Parks. American All Stars will feature five hands-on and engaging activity stations located around the visitor center. Stations include:
Participants receive a passport to get stamped at each activity station, and those who complete all five activities will earn a specially-designed button to remember the day. Earning all five buttons in a season earns a Family Fun Fest Fanatic award in April.
Future Family Fun Fests this season also fall under the "Starpower" theme. They are:
Buddy the Bison, the ambassador for the National Park Trust, will also be on hand to greet participants and welcome new citizens
Family Fun Fest's Season 13: Starpower! is made possible through a generous grant from the Captain Bob Lewis Billfish Challenge and the Bobby Duryea Fund at the South Florida National Parks Trust, with additional support from the Ceramic League of Miami, the University of Miami Department of Biology, the Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves and a host of dedicated volunteers.
The Dante Fascell Visitor Center is located at 9700 SW 328 Street, nine miles east of Homestead, Florida. Call 305-230-7275, extension 0 or visit the park's website at www.nps.gov/bisc for more information. For regular updates from the park, "like" us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/BiscayneNPS and "follow" us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BiscayneNPS.
Did You Know?
Many sea turtles live in the waters of Biscayne National Park and often nest on the park's few sandy beaches. Park employees monitor nesting beaches each summer to protect new nests from raccoons and other predators. More...