Biscayne National Park

Biscayne National Park

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Biscayne National Park


(305) 230-1144

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Within sight of downtown Miami, yet worlds away, Biscayne protects a rare combination of aquamarine waters, emerald islands, and fish-bejeweled coral reefs. Here too is evidence of 10,000 years of human history, from pirates and shipwrecks to pineapple farmers and presidents. Snorkeling, diving, boating, fishing, camping, picnicking and superb opportunities for wildlife watching are just a few of the many activities offered at the park...or you can just relax in a chair looking out at the bay. From late December to May, special activities like Family Fun Fest, guided canoe tours, and year-round fishing seminars and other programs can enhance your understanding and appreciation for the largest marine park in the National Park System.

The water portion of Biscayne National Park is open 24 hours a day. Adams Key (accessible only by boat) is a day use area only. Convoy Point, location of the park's headquarters and visitor center, is open daily from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Dante Fascell Visitor Center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Map of Biscayne

Latitude, Longitude: 25.400796, -80.364432



  • Boating

    Boating is the perfect way to explore Biscayne National Park. With your boat you can enjoy the protected waters of Biscayne Bay, travel to the northernmost Florida Keys, and visit and explore living coral reefs. Your access to all of these magnificent resources is limited only by your available time and your skills as a boat operator. Canoeing and kayaking are great ways to explore the park's mangrove-fringed shorelines and shallow bay waters. More experienced kayakers may enjoy crossing Biscayne Bay's 7-mile expanse to camp at Elliott Key or Boca Chita Key. Using the islands as a base camp will allow exploration of the lagoons, creeks and channels south of Caesar Creek. Many of these places are far too shallow for any type of motorized vessel, so canoeists and kayakers are likely to have these places all to themselves.

  • Camping

    There are two campgrounds in Biscayne National Park. Both are located on islands, and the only access to these islands is by boat. Private boats can access the campgrounds year round. During the winter and spring, the park's concessioner provides access to the islands for a fee.

  • Fishing

    Enjoy fishing on your own at the park, or take part in on of the year-round fishing seminars. Bring or rent a boat and you have access to a whole new world of fishing. Although Biscayne National Park is part of a federal agency, fishing and other harvesting activities are largely governed by state law. Anglers are encouraged to visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's website to become intimately familiar with the often-complex regulations. Biscayne National Park now offers an educational fishing clinic! Learn more about angling on Biscayne's transparent, aquamarine waters, refresh your fish identification skills, and learn more about the fishing regulations and why they are important. Hear from long-time local fishing guides how to choose and maintain your tackle and gear, and pick up a few new fishing techniques.

  • Hiking

    Hike around the beautiful islands or take a guided tour with a knowledgeable Park Ranger. Hiking trails on the keys range from 1/2 mile to 6 or more miles long, and are great for looking at the abundance of wildlife at the park.

  • Historic Sites

    A Tequesta Indian man free-dives for conch from a dugout canoe. A Bahamian woman watches the sunset across a tidal creek after a hard day's work. A ship grinds against a knife-edged reef while a violent wind howls. Wealthy industrialists gather under a shady palm to toss horseshoes. Some of the names that pepper the pages of Biscayne National Park's history are well-known: Firestone, Honeywell, Hoover, Nixon. Others are not, but their mark on the land is easy to see. Learn about the way of life from the Jones family in the 19th century, or about the Native Americans who first used the land. Look at the unique homes that were part of Stiltsville, or dive into a shipwreck. The parade of human history in Biscayne National Park spans 10,000 years.

  • Picnicking

    Take a ride to Boca Chita, Elliott or Adams Keys for picnic pavilions and grills.

  • Water Sports

    Visitors can enjoy the designated swim area located on the bay side of Elliott Key (just to the north of the harbor). The shoreline of the island is generally rocky, so shoes are recommended at all times to protect feet.

  • Wildlife Watching

    Biscayne National Park is a very diverse place. Four distinct ecosystems melt into one another creating rich edge communities, or "ecotones." These edges support an incredible array of wildlife, including hundreds of species of colorful fish, plants found nowhere else in the United States, and visitor favorites like pelicans, manatees and turtles. Winds, currents, storms and the park's close proximity to one of the nation's largest urban areas means that the entire park is in a constant state of flux -- ever-changing in the face of new challenges posed by the constant cycle of building and destruction.


Summers are generally warm, with high humidity and frequent afternoon thunderstorms. Winters are typically mild and dry, but windy. Weather conditions can change rapidly, so be prepared with rainwear at any time of year.

Park Partners

The Everglades Association

The Everglades Association is the official private, non-profit partner supporting educational, interpretive, and historical and scientific research responsibilities of Biscayne, Dry Tortugas, and Everglades National Parks and Big Cypress National Preserve. Sales profits are returned to the parks to further support their programs to increase public understanding of and support for their long term preservation and care.

(305) 247-1216

Biscayne National Underwater Park

The park's concessioner operates a gift shop with food, drinks, souvenirs and gift items that is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Canoe and kayak rentals are also available. Make arrangements to take a guided snorkeling or glass bottom boat trip, an excursion to one of the park's islands, or to rent a canoe or kayak to explore the park's shoreline.

(305) 230-1100



From the North

Convoy Point can be reached from either the Florida Turnpike or from US-1.

From the Florida Turnpike: Take the Florida Turnpike south, to Exit 6 (Speedway Blvd.). Turn left from exit ramp and continue south to S.W. 328th Street (North Canal Drive). Turn left and continue to the end of the road. It is approximately five miles, and the entrance is on the left.

From US-1: Drive south to Homestead. Turn left on SW 328th Street (North Canal Drive), and continue to the end of the road. It is approximately nine miles, and the entrance is on the left.

From the South

Traveling on US-1 (Overseas Highway), drive north to Homestead. Turn right on SW 328th Street (North Canal Drive -- first light after Florida Turnpike entrance), and continue to the end of the road. The entrance is approximately nine miles on the left.

Many Biscayne National Park visitors are frustrated by South Florida's traffic, so be sure to leave plenty of time to get here, especially if you need to arrive at a specific time (for a boat trip, for example). Always allow extra time on busy, holiday weekends, such as Memorial Day, Labor Day and Columbus Day weekends.


The closest major airport is Miami International, approximately 35 miles from the park.

Public Transportation

Miami-Dade County offers bus service to Homestead and Florida City, but there is no public transportation directly to park headquarters.

Phone Numbers


(305) 230-1144