• Purple, yellow, gold and orange sponges and soft corals wave against a turquioise sea.

    Biscayne

    National Park Florida

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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.

Outdoor Activities

Biscayne National Park provides a wealth of opportunities for outdoors enthusiasts. If you are looking for an active adventure, try snorkeling, diving, canoeing or kayaking. If you have a few days, you can camp out on a subtropical island, or hike the length of Elliott Key. Does something a bit more relaxing sound good? How about a short stroll on the Jetty Trail, a picnic by the water, or a snooze in a rocking chair on the front porch of the Visitor Center?

For all its diversity, though, there are a few things you can't do in the park. Since most of the park is covered by water, you will need a boat to get most places. There is only one mile of paved roadway in the park, so there are no driving tours or bicycle paths, though a network of bike trails leading to the park is currently in the planning stages.

 
American crocodile

Wildlife Watching
With over 500 species of fish, the park's underwater diversity is unparalleled. Add in things like corals, butterflies, birds, and manatees, and Biscayne is a great place for wildlife watching, including underwater wildlife watching and birding. Ask a park ranger about good places for spotting birds, fish, manatees, crocodiles and more.

Please note: If you observe wildlife in distress, please provide details about the species involved, the location, date, and time to the nearest park ranger. Do not attempt to get involved in the situation since wild animals can react unpredictably when in distress. Wild animals should never be handled by untrained individuals lacking proper gear and protective equipment .

 
Two visitors prepare to snorkel.

Snorkeling
Perhaps the best way to experience the park's shallow reefs, snorkeling is an easy-to-learn skill that allows you to get "up close and personal" with some of the park's most colorful wildlife.
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SCUBA diver

Diving
The park offers great SCUBA diving, including one of the only wall dives in the Florida Keys.
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Kayakers on Biscayne Bay

Canoeing and Kayaking
Canoes are an excellent way to explore the park's mangrove shorelines. Experienced kayakers can cross the bay (7 miles wide) and access camping and more secluded parts of the park.
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Elliott Key campground

Camping
Camping is available on Boca Chita Key. Access is by private boat only, so there are no RV sites. Due to large numbers of insects during Spring, Summer and Fall, Winter is typically the best season for camping.
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The Fabulous Anna leads a walk on Spite Highway

Walking
Though most of the park is covered by water, a short 1/4-mile jetty trail is available at Convoy Point, and the 7-mile long Spite Highway trail is available to campers and those with boat access to Elliott Key.

 
Grilling at Convoy Point

Picnicking
Waterside picnic areas are available on a first-come, first-served basis at Convoy Point, Adams Key, Elliott Key and Boca Chita Key. Pavilions are available at Adams and Boca Chita Keys — access to these islands is by boat only.

 
Power boat on water.

Boating
With 95% of the park's acreage covered by water, boating is one of the park's most popular activities, and the only way to explore most parts of the park.
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Fishing and Lobstering

The taking of some fish and other marine life in the park is permitted in accordance with state fishing regulations. Knowing and understanding fishing regulations will help ensure that these popular activities are available for future generations to enjoy, and taking the park's free Fisheries Awareness Class will help you get the most out of your time fishing in the park.
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Did You Know?

sea squirts on a mangrove root

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.