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.
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.
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 .
Canoeing and Kayaking
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.
Did You Know?
Elliott Key and other islands in Biscayne National Park were settled under the Homestead Act of 1862. This law gave free land to settlers willing to live on and farm a piece of land for five years. The main crops planted here were pineapples and key limes.