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Contact: Matt Johnson, 786-335-3679HOMESTEAD, Fla. --- Biscayne National Park recorded 514,708 visits in 2016, the centennial year of the National Park Service. While there were only slightly more visitors to the park in 2016 than the 508,163 visitors recorded in 2015, camping and tour visits increased by 10% and 11% respectively.
“Visitors come to explore the wonders of Biscayne National Park including vital marine habitat and nursery environments that support world-class fishing, mangrove forests, coral reefs, largely undeveloped Florida keys and extensive Biscayne Bay seagrass beds,” said Superintendent Margaret Goodro. “Together with park neighbors and partners, they are part of an economic engine that sustains jobs and businesses in the local community.”
The Every Kid in a Park program also encouraged visitation by offering every fourth grader in America a free one-year national parks pass for students and their families. Entering its third year with the start of the fall school term, more than two million signed up for the program through its online portal in its first year.
Overall, 331 million people visited national parks in 2016, an 8% increase over 2015. For more information about National Park Service visitation see irma.nps.gov/Stats/. For more information about Biscayne National Park visit nps.gov/bisc or follow the park on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram at “biscaynenps.”
About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 417 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov.