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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.

  • 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 »

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April 15, 2014
Biscayne National Park’s Elliott Key Reopens after 18-month Closure Resulting from Hurricane Sandy
After an 18-month closure as a result of damage from Hurricane Sandy, Biscayne National Park's Elliott Key will reopen at 8:00 am on Thursday, April 17, 2014.

April 14, 2014
Most Successful Season Ever for “Alternative Break” Program
Biscayne National Park’s popular Alternative Break program for college students experienced one of the most successful seasons ever. The season was exceptional because volunteers removed a record of over 13,000 pounds of trash from park shorelines, and along with the college student participants, South Florida residents were involved in the beach clean-ups.

April 08, 2014
Biscayne National Park’s Family Fun Fest Season 14 Concludes with “A Sesame Street Salute”
The fuzzy monsters, giant birds and math-loving vampires that live on Sesame Street are heading to Biscayne National Park on Sunday, April 13, from 1-4 p.m. for the final event in Biscayne National Park’s fourteenth season of Family Fun Fest.

April 07, 2014
Last Stop for Homestead National Parks Trolley Season
Only the last few weekends of April are left in the season to take advantage of the popular Homestead National Parks Trolley. The trolley, which attracted nearly 4,000 riders since it began operating in January, is the only available public transportation to surrounding national parks from downtown Homestead.

March 27, 2014
Archaeological Surf and Turf: Current Archaeological Investigations in Biscayne National Park - Presentation and Luncheon
On Friday, April 4, 2014, Joshua Marano, a registered professional archaeologist at Biscayne National Park, will speak about current archaeological investigations in the park. The luncheon and presentation take place at the Coral Reef Yacht Club in Coconut Grove, 2484 South Bayshore Drive.

March 05, 2014
Biscayne Bay’s Wild Western Shoreline: Photography from a Canoe by Constance Mier Opens at Biscayne National Park
Constance Mier’s stunning photographs of birds and other wild parts of Biscayne Bay are featured in the latest show in Biscayne National Park’s Dante Fascell Visitor Center Gallery. The show features several dozen images, all taken in Biscayne Bay, and all taken from a canoe, and runs through Sunday, June 1, 2014.

March 04, 2014
Down on the Farm Biscayne National Park Family Fun Fest Explores Park Agricultural Heritage
Twenty years before homesteaders were farming in Homestead, the islands now included in Biscayne National Park were homesteaded as well, with farmers growing pineapples, key limes and tomatoes. Biscayne National Park’s Family Fun Fest will expand on some of those agricultural themes on Sunday, March 9 from 1-4 p.m. The free event takes place at the park’s Dante Fascell Visitor Center, 9 miles east of Homestead.

March 03, 2014
Tourism to Biscayne National Park Creates 29 Million Dollars in Economic Benefit and Supports 376 Jobs in Local Economy
A new National Park Service report shows that 495,613 visitors to Biscayne National Park in 2012 spent $29 million in surrounding communities. That spending supported 376 jobs in the local area.

February 25, 2014
Lionfish Workshops Presented by Biscayne National Park Expert
Free lionfish workshops will be presented by Biscayne National Park expert Ana Zangroniz.

February 24, 2014
Water Bottle Filling Stations Installed in Biscayne National Park
Biscayne National Park is installing two water bottle filling stations at the Dante Fascell Visitor Center to provide clean, filtered water in a convenient and environmentally friendly way, to park visitors.

February 20, 2014
Temporary Closure of Historic Boca Chita Key Lighthouse
Iron railings on top of the Boca Chita Key lighthouse in Biscayne National Park are damaged and in need of repair. As a result of the damage the structure is unsafe and closed to the public at least for two months.

February 19, 2014
Junior Birder Event at Biscayne National Park
On Sunday, March 9, from 10 am until 12 pm, Biscayne National Park and the Tropical Audubon Society are presenting a free Junior Birder event. Participants may field-sketch birds, use binoculars and field guides with Tropical Audubon Society volunteers, and learn how to identify birds.

January 29, 2014
Biscayne Wintergames and Family Fun Fest Salute to the Olympics
Let the Russians have their snow and join in some different events at the “Biscayne Wintergames!” As the Olympic Games highlight athletic prowess this month in Sochi, Biscayne National Park’s Family Fun Fest puts on some games of its own on Sunday, February 9 from 1-4 p.m.

January 15, 2014
Maritime Archaeologist to Speak About the Maritime Heritage Trail in Biscayne National Park
On January 24, 2014, maritime archaeologist Joshua Marano will provide an introduction to the archaeological resources of Biscayne National Park, especially the park’s Maritime Heritage Trail. The talk takes place at 7:30 PM at the Divers Direct in Coral Gables.

January 10, 2014
Repairs Begun to Marina and Boardwalks in Biscayne National Park
Contractors began work to repair damaged boardwalks, docks and a marina at Elliott Key and the Dante Fascell Visitor Center grounds at Convoy Point.

January 09, 2014
Alternative Break Program Begins at Biscayne National Park
A new season of the popular “Alternative Break” program for college students at Biscayne National Park begins this month with the first group of student volunteers scheduled to arrive on Friday, January 17, 2014, for a week of volunteer service.

January 08, 2014
Wrestling with Trash - Family Fun Fest at Biscayne National Park
Marine debris washing in on Biscayne National Park’s shorelines is a huge problem that staff wrestles with on a regular basis. This month’s Family Fun Fest at Biscayne National Park takes that “wrestling” part to the extreme as a group of tough-as-nails wrestlers gang up to defeat the ever-present evil of too much trash.

December 31, 2013
Celebration of the Launch of the Free Homestead Trolley to Biscayne National Park
Biscayne National Park invites the public to join the celebration on Saturday, January 4, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., of the launch of the free Homestead Trolley to Everglades and Biscayne National Parks

December 18, 2013
Introduction of Seasonal Programs and Events at Biscayne National Park
This winter and spring, Biscayne National Park is offering an expanded variety of free programs and activities including guided canoe trips, Family Fun Fest programs, porch talks, walks, fishing and grounding awareness classes, and junior ranger programs.

November 27, 2013
The Hungry Games: Biscayne National Park Launches 14th Season of Family Fun Fest
Survival is never easy, especially if you're hungry. Biscayne's animals have some pretty cool ways of getting the food they need.

November 21, 2013
In the Park - Outta the Box - Outsider Art Exhibit Opens in Biscayne National Park Gallery
In collaboration with The Outsider Gallery of Cutler Bay, Biscayne National Park will host an exhibit of outsider art inspired by the park from December 6, 2013 through February 23, 2014.

November 20, 2013
New Markers Installed on Fragile Park Shoals
In an effort to protect fragile seagrass shoals and improve boater safety, Biscayne National Park recently completed the installation of fourteen fixed shoal markers around the Featherbed Banks in southern Biscayne Bay.

November 15, 2013
Supplemental Draft General Management Plan Released
The National Park Service announces that the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Biscayne National Park's General Management Plan is available for public comment. All interested parties are invited to attend any of three identical public meetings.

November 07, 2013
Jones Family Historic District Listed on National Register of Historic Places
The Jones Family Historic District located in Biscayne National Park and including the former home and farm of Israel Lafayette Jones and his family, is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

October 29, 2013
Family Fun Fest 2014
Biscayne National Park's multi-award-winning Family Fun Fest is back starting December 8, and features a new opportunity for parents with toddlers: Family Fun Fest JUNIOR!

October 17, 2013
Biscayne National Park Re-opens to Visitors
Biscayne National Park joins other national parks and federal agencies in returning to normal operations and welcoming visitors back following the closure that was in effect since the first day of October.

Did You Know?

Wreck of the <i>Mandalay</i>

Biscayne National Park's Maritime Heritage Trail is the only underwater archaeological trail in the National Park System. The "Shipwreck Trail" includes six wrecks spanning a century of maritime history. More...