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.
Elliott Key Harbor and Campground Closed Until Further Notice
Contractors began work to repair damaged boardwalks and marina at Elliott Key and the visitor center grounds. The marina and campground at Elliott Key are closed until the repairs are complete. University Dock on Elliott Key remains open for day use only. More »
<i>Mangrove Mania</i> Family Fun Fest
Contact: Gary Bremen, 305-230-1144, x3084
All trees are terrific, but mangroves are magnificent! They provide food and shelter for wildlife, protect property from storm surge, and have some truly amazing adaptations. On Sunday, May 11, Biscayne National Park will present the final Family Fun Fest of the 2008 season. Mangrove Mania! will take placefrom 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Biscayne National Park’s Dante Fascell Visitor Center. The free event features a variety of stations located around the visitor center that 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. Participants who have attended all five events in 2008, and can prove it by presenting their buttons on May 11, will also receive a Family Fun Fest Fanatic award. Photographs taken at the events will be posted to the park’s website.
Family Fun Festtakes place on the second Sunday of every month from January through May. 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 0 for more information.
Did You Know?
On the second Sunday of every month from December through April, Biscayne National Park hosts Family Fun Fest. Through fun, hands-on activities, kids and their families learn about the park's diverse resources. More...