May 25

Top 10 Things to do or see in Biscayne National Park

95% of Biscayne National Park is underwater so be prepared to get wet if you want to make the most out of this National Park.  The northern part of Biscayne National Park is only a few miles from Miami so if you go to Miami to enjoy the nightlife leave some of the daytime to enjoy this beautiful and fascinating National Park.   Hopefully our list of the Top 10 things to do or see in Biscayne National Park  will at least make you consider going to Biscayne National Park and experience some the grandeur that is there giving you a life experience that will not be forgotten.

Top 10 Things to do or see in Biscayne National Park

10. Visit Sands Key

If you have access to your own boat then check out Sands Key and try to get away from the crowds.  Sands key will give you that little bit of solitude feeling of old Florida not far from the bright lights of Miami.

9. Reef Cruise


Private charters as well as in park tours (though as of this posting no trips are offered by the national park) can get you up close and personal to the many different reefs found inside Biscayne National Park.  Check to see if they still offer their glass bottom boat tour if you do not want to get in the water.

8. The Dante Fascell Visitor Center

2012-03-10_14.23.10 Dante Fascell Visitor Center Entrance to Biscayne National Park

The Dante Fascell Visitor Center is a beautiful museum that gives you great information about the park’s four ecosystems.  They also have different short films they show to help visitors learn about the park.

7. Be your own Captain


Boating is the only way to really have the time and ability to explore all that Biscayne National Park hast to over. Having your own boat or the ability to rent one will open up the northernmost Florida Keys in a way a tour never will.

6. Dive the Wall

One of the longest and most vertical wall dives in all of the Florida Keys can be found in Biscayne National Park.  Appropriately named the “The Wall,” runs from about 65 to 110 feet and includes lots of vertical coral life and fish.

5. Walk the Spite Trail

The Spite Trail runs the length of Elliot Key for about seven miles and goes through hardwood forests with tropical flowers.  Hiking this trail will give you a good feel what a subtropical forest is all about.

4. Snorkel a Wreck

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There are dozens of ship wrecks found in Biscayne National Park, but most of them are in deep enough water that snorkeling there would be difficult.  However, the Mandalay which run aground in 1966 sits in shower water and has been underwater long enough for fire coral and other things to grow on it.  It also has a good reputation for lots of fish.

3. Visit Boca Chita

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Boca Chita is Biscayne National Park’s most popular island and home to a 65-foot decorative lighthouse.  The lighthouse offers impressive views of the surrounding area.  There is also a short hiking trail and primitive camping. There is no freshwater on Boca Chita so there are no showers or water facilities at their campsites.

2. Tour the Mangrove Shore

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Take the short interpretive trail at Convoy Point or kayak or canoe the park’s mangrove shorelines to get an up close look of a Mangrove ecosystem.

1. Ranger Kayak Tour of Jones Lagoon

Spend a day with a park ranger and see more wildlife in any other place in the park.  Shallow Jones Lagoon is a great place to see marine wildlife like sharks, rays, and maybe if you are lucky Cassiopeia jellyfish, but you will also a variety of birds like Roseate spoonbills.

As of this posting Biscayne National Park at the following warning Concession Company Boat Tours and Paddle Craft Rentals Temporarily Unavailable. Concession company boat tours and paddle craft rentals are temporarily unavailable at least until fall/winter 2015/16. The park is working to make more options available to access and explore the park. Other programs and tours are available.
Make sure you check their website at http://www.nps.gov/bisc/index.htm for further information before planning a trip to the national park. 

To see our top 10 lists of America’s National Parks click here

We hope you enjoyed our list of the top 10 things to see or do in Biscayne National Park. Let us know what you think of our list, is there anything that you think we left off or if you disagree with our top 10 sound off by leaving a comment. Please check out all of our top ten lists by clicking here. Happy Travels! For more information about Biscayne National Park go to their website at http://www.nps.gov/bisc/index.htm



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