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.
<i>Family Fun Fest</i> Continues with: <i>America's Best Idea</i>
Contact: Gary Bremen, 305-230-1144, x007
Last fall, filmmaker Ken Burns showed the nation that the National Parks are America’s Best Idea in his 12 hour PBS television series. Biscayne is just one of 392 National Parks. Each tells a little piece of the American story, and January’s installment of the park’s popular Family Fun Fest event will feature activities from some of Biscayne’s sister parks across the country to help kids get a handle on some of the cool stuff they own. The free event takes place on Sunday, January 10, 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 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 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 DeSoto National Memorial, Everglades National Park, Devils Tower National Monument, Petrified Forest National Park, Redwood National Park, the Devils Tower Natural History Association, the Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves and a host of dedicated volunteers.
Future Family Fun Fest events in the 2009 season are:
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?
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.