Fishing near the park visitor center (image by Natalia Vasquez).
Kids may enjoy snorkeling, poking along the rocky shoreline near the visitor center and canoeing through a mangrove forest. The Dante Fascell Visitor Center has great exhibits and a touch table to help kids learn about the park's watery world. During the winter and spring, the park offers a three-day/two-night residential environmental education camping program on Elliott Key for fifth and sixth grade classes. Special events throughout the year offer families a great opportunity to learn about the park together. On the second Sunday of each month from December through April, the park hosts the Family Fun Fest program, and four hours of hands on activities for kids and kids-at-heart. Come celebrate the National Park Service birthday on the last Sunday in August. See the park calendar for events, activities and programs.