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10 mi S of Miami, FL




172,971 acres


701,023 in 2022


Biscayne National Park, located in southeastern Florida, encompasses a stunning mosaic of tropical waters, coral reefs, and lush mangrove forests, making it a haven for marine life and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Stretching over 170,000 acres, this diverse ecosystem offers opportunities for snorkeling, diving, boating, and wildlife watching. Its vibrant coral reefs, teeming with colorful fish and other marine creatures, provide a captivating underwater experience. Additionally, the park's mangrove shoreline serves as a crucial habitat for various bird species and acts as a protective buffer against storms and erosion. With its unique blend of natural beauty and ecological significance, Biscayne National Park stands as a cherished gem of Florida's natural heritage.


Biscayne National Park boasts a rich tapestry of wildlife, both above and below its crystalline waters. Beneath the surface, vibrant coral reefs teem with an array of marine life, including parrotfish, angelfish, and spiny lobsters, while gentle manatees and sleek bottlenose dolphins glide through its turquoise channels. Above the waterline, the park's mangrove forests provide refuge for an array of bird species, such as ospreys, herons, and pelicans, while colorful butterflies and elusive marsh rabbits add to the tapestry of biodiversity. With its diverse habitats and abundant wildlife, Biscayne National Park offers visitors a captivating glimpse into the wonders of the natural world.

Sounds of the Park

Things to Do

Visitors to Biscayne National Park can enjoy boating, canoeing, kayaking, snorkeling, fishing, camping, and more. Note that the park is 95% water, so many typical "on land" activities available at most other national parks will not be available at Biscayne, or will only be on islands accessible by boat.

When to Visit

Biscayne National Park has a tropical savanna climate, typical of South Florida. Summers are hot, humid, and rainy, while winters are warm and dry. Weather in the dry season (November-March) is most pleasant, so it is the best time to visit. To avoid crowds, consider visiting during the week rather than the weekend, and make sure to plan your visit in advance.

Ties to Stephen Mather

During Stephen Mather's time, what is now Biscayne National Park was not yet established as a national park. The land was home to the Cocolobo Bay Club, an elite private club that hosted several presidents, senators, and businessmen in the 1920s and 30s.

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Fun Fact

Biscayne's largest island, Elliott Key, is considered the northernmost key in the Florida Keys.

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