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 »
Reef Rally Family Fun Fest
Contact: Gary Bremen, 305-230-1144, x3084
Two, four, six, eight: reefs have LOTS to appreciate! Kick off the International Year of the Reef with a pep rally for Biscayne National Park’s most diverse ecosystem. Reef Rally! is the theme for the first event in the park’s eighth season of Family Fun Fest. The free event takes place on Sunday, January 13, 2008 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 May.
Family Fun Fest takes 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, the University of Miami’s Undergraduate Marine Science Program, and a host of dedicated volunteers.
In 2008, each Family Fun Fest event will focus on a different aspect of the park’s resources. Future events include:
Explore Biscayne’s island habitats and inhabitants.
You won’t find rattles, diapers or animal crackers in Biscayne Bay, but its still a nursery!
What did people do for a living on Biscayne Bay 130 years ago?
All trees are terrific, but mangroves are MAGNIFICENT!
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?
When exploring Biscayne National Park's coral reefs, don't forget to slow down and take note of some of the small wonders. Turtles, sharks and shipwrecks are great, but don't miss flamingo tongue snails, Christmas tree worms and mermaid's wineglasses.