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.
Shark! <i>Family Fun Fest</i>
Contact: Gary Bremen, 305-230-1144, x3084
Movies and cartoons have often made sharks the bad guys, but these sleek predators are actually very sensitive. Biscayne National Park’s staff has put together an exciting lineup of activities looking at these ancient animals to kick off the seventh season of its award-winning Family Fun Fest series. The free event takes place on Sunday, January 14, 2007 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. Family Fun Fest takes place on the second Sunday of every month from January through May. April’s event will take place on April 15 (the third Sunday) to avoid a conflict with Easter. The series is made possible through a grant from the Captain Bob Lewis Boat Center Yamaha Billfish Challenge. Additional support this month comes from the Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserve, The South Florida Student Shark Program, South Broward High School’s Marine Magnet Program, Neil4sharks.org, and a host of volunteers.
Future events include:
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?
Tunicates, or sea squirts, live on the roots of the red mangrove tree. These simple animals survive by filtering plankton out of seawater, and hold promise as the source of potent drugs used to fight tumors. Watch for them when snorkeling along Biscayne National Park's mangrove-fringed shoreline.