Guided Tours

Biscayne National Park interpreter presenting tour for park visitors.
Park ranger led island boat tour at Boca Chita Key.

Photo credit: Tommy Salleh

Biscayne National Park Institute provides in-depth recreational and educational experiences through guided boat tours and programs from the Dante Fascell Visitor Center. Tours include an interpretive cruise to Boca Chita Key, relaxing sailing excursions, in-depth snorkel tours, and camping shuttle trips to Elliott Key.

Biscayne National Park Institute tours and activities are possible thanks to a partnership between Biscayne National Park, the Florida National Parks Association and Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department.





Boca Chita Key boat tours:
  • Depart the park visitor center most Modays at 1:30 p.m. and most Thursdays through Sundays at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
  • Each tour lasts approximately 3 hours and includes opportunities to explore and learn about popular and scenic Boca Chita Key and the waters of Biscayne Bay.
  • The boat tours cost $39 for adults and $29 for kids ages 5 to 12, including tax. Admission is free for children age 4 and under, when accompanied by a ticketed adult.
  • Reservations can be made by calling the Florida National Parks Association at 786-335-3644 or by stopping by the park store. Advance reservations are advised for this tour. Walk-ins and groups are welcome provided that the trip is not full.
  • Boat tours feature the Miami-Dade Pelican Skipper, a comfortable riding, ADA accessible, 45 foot catamaran.
  • Each ticket purchase allows a same-day free admission to Homestead Bayfront Park.
  • Check the park calendar for specific dates and times available.

Sailing tours with bay paddle, snorkel exploration & island visit offered daily:

Full day trips
  • Features a 40 foot sailboat with a maximum of six passengers allowed.
  • Full Day sails start at 10 a.m. and finish at 4 p.m. and are suitable for all ages and swimming abilities.
  • The cost is $149 per person with a minimum of 2 people, or $775 for the boat with a maximum of 6 people.
  • The tour includes opportunities for sailing, snorkeling and paddling in protected mangrove lagoons and sight-seeing while ashore at Boca Chita Key or Adams Key. Please note trips do not go to the reefs on the Atlantic side.
  • Getting on/off the sailboat includes several uneven steps depending on the tide.
  • Trips may be booked at BiscayneNationalParkSailing.com or by calling 786-335-3644.
Half day trips
  • Features a 40 foot sailboat with a maximum of six passengers.
  • Trips are from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 to 4 p.m. and are suitable for all ages.
  • The cost is $59 per person with a minimum of 2 people, or $300 for the boat with a maximum of 6 people.
  • Participants are welcome to help sail the boat or just sit back and enjoy the beauty of the bay and the park. Half-day sailing trips do not go ashore or have any in water activities like paddling or snorkeling.
  • Getting on/off the sailboat includes several uneven steps depending on the tide.
  • Trips may be booked at BiscayneNationalParkSailing.com or by calling 786-335-3644.
Paddle & Snorkel Exploration Tours:
  • Full day guided trip on a 23 foot powerboat with a maximum of six passengers.
  • Trips start at 10 a.m. and return by 4:30 p.m. and are designed for active adults and kids over 12 who are good swimmers.
  • The cost is $129 per person with a minimum of 2 people or $690 for the boat with a maximum of 6 people.
  • Weather and condition dependent options include: paddling watery mazes of mangrove forests, snorkeling a shipwreck on the Maritime Heritage Trail or watch the amazing diversity of life on the coral reef.
  • Mask, snorkel, fins, snorkel vests and paddling equipment are provided. If you have your own snorkel gear, please bring it to ensure the best fit. Paddling is on stand up paddleboards that can also be used sitting with a kayak paddle.
  • Trips may be booked at BiscayneNationalParkSnorkeling.com or by calling 786-335-3644.

Camping trip transportation to Elliott Key:
  • Transportation is provided daily on a 23' powerboat.
  • Boat departs from the park visitor center at 8 a.m. Campers departing Elliott Key return to the visitor center at 9 a.m.
  • The cost is $59 per person round trip with a minimum of 2 people, or $300 for the boat with a maximum of 6 people. Personal kayak transport is $20 per kayak.
  • Campers need to provide their own equipment. Amenities on the key include picnic tables, grills, restrooms with sinks, and un-heated showers.
  • Particitpants camping on Elliott Key can explore the key through swimming, wildlife watching and hiking trails.
  • Informantion on Biscayne National Park regulations for camping can be found here.
  • Trips may be booked at BiscayneNationalParkCamping.com or by calling 786-335-3644.


For additional park-based activities and companies authorized to operate tours or taxis inside the park, please see the following list of commercial use authorizations.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

9700 SW 328th Street
Sir Lancelot Jones Way

Homestead, FL 33033

Phone:

(305) 230-1144

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