• Purple, yellow, gold and orange sponges and soft corals wave against a turquioise sea.

    Biscayne

    National Park Florida

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  • 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.

Holiday Hours Announced

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Date: December 14, 2007

Biscayne National Park Superintendent, Mark Lewis, invites the public to enjoy their national park over the holiday season. "Biscayne offers opportunities to explore a nationally significant marine ecosystem within 30 miles of downtown Miami. The crystal clear water of Biscayne Bay, and the northernmost extent of the Florida Keys and the Florida reef tract are some of the unique resources to be enjoyed by visitors and residents alike", states Superintendent Lewis.

Biscayne National Park’s Dante Fascell Visitor Center, bookstore and grounds, as well as the concession-operated boat tours, canoe/kayak rentals and convenience store will be open regular hours on Monday, December 24.

On Tuesday, December 25, the Dante Fascell Visitor Center and bookstore will be open from 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., while the picnic area and jetty trail will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The park’s concession operation, including boat trips, canoe rentals, and convenience store sales will be closed.

Regular hours will be in effect throughout the rest of the year, including New Year’s Eve and  New Year's Day. Regular Visitor Center hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily, with the grounds open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

For more information on Biscayne National Park and the recreational opportunities offered at the park call 305-230-PARK (7275).

Did You Know?

Pioneer home on Elliott Key

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.