Miami, Florida is filled with natural beauty that you won’t find anywhere else. Many tourists flock to the area to enjoy nature at its finest and one of its main attractions is the Biscayne National Park. It’s the largest marine park in the nation covering 172,000 acres and over 90 percent of that is underwater. You can enter the park at Dante Fascell Visitor Center, which is located in Homestead, Miami. You’ll find a museum, the Jetty Trail and boat concessioners at the entrance of the park.
Four incredible and very different ecosystems come together to create the park. You have the Biscayne Bay, the mangroves, the coral reef and the Florida Keys. The mangroves are the longest found on the east coast of Florida and it makes a great habitat and breeding ground for a variety of fish and birds.
The Biscayne Bay is made up of both salt and fresh water. You’ll find all types of creatures such as the stone crab, tulip snail and spiny lobster in the seagrass along the bay. Soft coral and sponges make up the bottom and that is just the beginning. There are so many things to do at this National Park that you’ll need to make several trips to see and do it all but here are a few of the main attractions.
Take the Ferry to Elliott Key in Biscayne National Park
Elliott Key is the largest island in the park and visiting it is an adventure all its own. The only way to reach the island is by boat so make plans to take the Ferry, unless you bring your own watercraft. While on the island, you can enjoy picnicking, camping and swimming in the crystal clear water.
You can also walk the Spite Highway Trail that is seven miles long. Restrooms and showers are available along with fresh drinking water. However, it’s still a good idea to bring your own supply of water just in case something happened with the generator on the island.
Canoe or Kayak through the Mangroves
The best way to explore the mangroves is by taking a canoe ride or kayaking. This will give you a close up view of all the wildlife in the area. You can bring your own transportation or take advantage of the guided tours offered during the months of January through April. Just be sure to make reservations because they usually stay booked up.
While traveling through the mangroves, you’ll see dolphins, stingrays, nurse sharks, manatees and even jellyfish. There’s also a wide variety of tropical birds scattered throughout the area.
Go Snorkeling or Scuba Diving
Snorkeling and scuba diving is fun and exciting anywhere but the living coral reef located in the park is simply amazing. Snorkeling is a great option for most visitors and trips are scheduled to go out twice a day. Experienced divers can take a private charter to explore the amazing world beneath the waters.
In addition to the reef and wide variety of marine life, there are several shipwrecks to explore. Of course, not everyone wants to go into the water so if you prefer to stay dry, you can always take a tour on the glass bottom boat.
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If you love nature, you’re sure to enjoy spending a day or two at Biscayne National Park. It truly is as amazing as it sounds so start planning your trip today!