Kids may enjoy snorkeling in the bay or coral reefs, poking along the rocky shoreline near the park visitor center and canoeing through mangrove forests. There are great visitor center exhibits and a touch table to help kids learn about the park's watery world. Kids can become a junior ranger as well.
For organized groups, the park offers a variety of environmental education programs including a three-day/two-night camping program on Elliott Key for fifth and sixth grade classes. Visit the teachers section to learn more.
Special events offer opportunities for families to learn about the park together. On the second Sunday of each month from December through April, the park hosts Family Fun Fest, three full hours of hands on activities for kids and kids-at-heart. Come celebrate the National Park Service birthday on the last Sunday in August. Cleanups are a great way to spend a day in the park and help park resources at the same time. Check the park fun and calendar pages to see what is happening.