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.
Tenth Year of <i>Family Fun Fest</i> Concludes with the <i>Best Family Fun Fest EVER!</i>
Contact: Gary Bremen, 305-230-1144, x007
Biscayne National Park’s Family Fun Fest began as a way to give local audiences a reason to come back to the park time and again. The first event drew about 50 people, and was run by two rangers and three volunteers. It has grown to an event that draws nearly 1000 people each year and is staffed by over 20 volunteers, many of whom are former Family Fun Fest participants. The 50th Family Fun Fest, will feature some of the best activities from the past 10 years, nominated and chosen by participants. The free event takes place on Sunday, April 11, 2010 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 learning opportunities, 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 attended all five Family Fun Fest events this season, and can prove it by bringing their buttons, will receive a Family Fun Fest Fanatic award.
Family Fun Fest takes place on the second Sunday of every month from December through April. The series is made possible through a grant from the Captain Bob Lewis Boat Center Yamaha 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 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 555 for more information.
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.