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.
Family Fun Fest 2008 Season
Contact: Gary Bremen, 305-230-1144, x3084
Back to Basics: Linking Biscayne's Habitats is the theme for Biscayne National Park's 2008 Family Fun Fest season. Now in its 8th year, each installment of this award-winning program will focus on one of the park's five major resources: mangrove forests, the Biscayne Bay estuary, the unspoiled Florida Keys, the spectacular coral reefs and the area's colorful human history. There will be loads of new activities, as well as a return of some Family Fun Fest Favorites from previous seasons.
Held from 1:00 to 4:00 in the afternoon on the second Sunday of every month from January through May, Family Fun Fest features 5 hands-on activity stations on the grounds of the park's Dante Fascell Visitor Center, located 9 miles east of Homestead. Participants receive a passport that guides them through the five activities, and they receive a punch in their passport as they complete each one. After receiving all five punches for a given event, participants are awarded a specially-designed commemorative button. Collecting all five buttons in a given year qualifies participants as Family Fun Fest Fanatics, who receive an additional award.
The 2008 lineup includes:
Family Fun Fest 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 is provided by the Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves and a host of dedicated and talented volunteers.
Additional information is available by calling 305-230-7275.
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.