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.
Spring Has Sprung <i>Family Fun Fest</i>
Contact: Gary Bremen, 305-230-1144, x3084
Bunnies, colored eggs and baskets are springtime standards, but what’s the real story? Participants in Biscayne National Park’s “Spring Has Sprung! “ Family Fun Fest on April 5 will know! The free event takes place from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on the grounds of the park’s Dante Fascell Visitor Center, and features 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, and those who earn five buttons in a season will receive a Family Fun Fest Fanatic award in May.
Family Fun Fest normally takes place on the second Sunday of every month from January through May, but due to a conflict with Easter, the April event will take place on the first Sunday of the month. 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 National Resource for Aplysia at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, GetOutdoorsFlorida.com and a host of dedicated volunteers.
The final Family Fun Fest event in 2009 is:
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?
Manatees are aquatic relatives of elephants. They have thick gray skin, coarse hairs, big toenails on their flippers, and lips that can rip and tear plants. Ask a Biscayne National Park ranger for suggestions on good places to look for these gentle giants.