Biscayne National Park

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BISCAYNE NATIONAL PARK

Located in Southern Florida, Biscayne National Park is a national treasure and one of our country’s largest marine national parks. Home to part of the third-largest barrier reef tract in the world, Biscayne protects some of the only living coral within the continental United States. The park was established on June 28, 1980 and features coral reefs, aquamarine waters, islands, the longest stretch of mangrove forest on the east coast, and over 10,000 years of human history. The reefs and islands are accessible only by boat, and an underwater Maritime Heritage Trail links dive sites, most of them shipwrecks. The park encompasses four distinct ecosystems that support a diverse array of wildlife, including hundreds of species of colorful fish, plants and butterflies, waterbirds such as pelicans and least terns, 5 different species of sea turtle, Indian manatees, and even American crocodiles. Sites of interest include Jones Lagoon, Biscayne Bay Lagoon, Boca Chita Lighthouse, Stiltsville, and a museum at Convoy Point. Outdoor activities include boating, snorkeling and swimming, bird and wildlife watching, and camping.

 

Location & Local Communities: Biscayne National Park about 20 miles from Everglades National Park, and is located at 9700 SW 328th Street, Homestead, FL 33033. The main gateway communities and nearby cities include: Homestead (approx. 9 miles), Coral Gables (approx. 27 miles), Miami (approx. 35 miles), Key Largo (approx. 38 miles), Fort Lauderdale (approx. 62 miles). Closest airports are Miami International Airport,and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Closest marinas for boaters, include: Herbert Hoover Marina at Homestead Bayfront Park, Black Point Park and Marina, Matheson Hammock Park Marina, and Crandon Park Marina.

For more information call (305) 230-1144 or visit www.NPS.gov/bisc.

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