The best way to see and experience Biscayne National Park is to get out on or, better yet, in the water.
Guided boat tours depart from the park’s Dante Fascell Visitor Center on select Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through May 1, 2016. Departure times are at 10:30 a.m. and/or 1:45 p.m. Check the island boat tour calendar and timetable for specific dates and times available. Boat tours feature the Miami-Dade Parks’ Pelican Skipper, a comfortable riding, ADA accessible, 45 foot power catamaran. Tours are guided by Biscayne National Park. Visitors may enjoy the beautiful scenery while learning about the history, wildlife and ecosystems of the park. Each tour lasts approximately two and a half hours and includes opportunities to explore popular and scenic Boca Chita Key and the park’s iconic and historic lighthouse.
The boat tours cost $29 plus tax for adults and $19 plus tax for kids aged five to twelve. Admission is free for children age 4 and under, when accompanied by a ticketed adult. Advance reservations are advised for this tour. Reservations can be made by calling the Florida National Parks Association at 786-335-3644 or by stopping by their visitor center bookstore. Walk-ins and groups are welcome provided that the trip is not full. Each tour ticket purchase allows a same-day free admission to Homestead Bayfront Park. Free trolley service to the park is provided by the City of Homestead from Losner Park in downtown Homestead. Trolley arrival and departure times are coordinated with the island boat tour schedule. The boat tours are possible thanks to a partnership between the City of Homestead, Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, the National Parks Conservation Association, the Florida National Parks Association and the National Park Service.
Island Dreamer Sailing is providing full day sailing trips from the Dante Fascell Visitor Center in Biscayne National Park. The six hour trips include opportunities for sailing, swimming, snorkeling, island hiking, kayaking or paddle boarding in the park. The sailing trips start at 10:00 a.m. and return by 4:00 p.m. Passengers may learn about dolphins, manatees, sea turtles and the flora and fauna living in the unique habitats of the clear, calm waters of Biscayne Bay. Island Dreamer sailing trips may be booked at BiscayneNationalParkSailing.com or by calling 561-281-2689. A maximum of six passengers is allowed. The trips may be booked throughout the year.
For a full list of those authorized to operate tours or taxis inside the park, please see the following list of commercial use authorizations.