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Biscayne National Park

Reaching out from the southern tip of mainland United States is a tropical watery wonderland dotted with small islands and colorful living reefs. 

Explore the pristine blue waters of Biscayne National Park in search of manatees, dolphins and stingrays. Relax in the sun on one of the idyllic keys or dive with sparkling angelfish and barracudas. 

Leave the noise of Miami behind and immerse yourself in the magnificent seaside landscape of the country’s largest marine park. A staggering 95 percent of the park is water, spread between sheltered Biscayne Bay and the long coral reef that hugs the gently slanted coastline.   

Join a friendly guide and set off across the sheltered bay on a guided kayak tour. This will give you the perfect opportunity to learn about the park’s unique ecosystems and feel the balmy, clear water on your hands. As you paddle, look for dolphins gliding gracefully by and manatees perusing the sea-grass bottom in search of food. 

After your first wildlife experience of the day, climb aboard a glass-bottom boat and head out of the bay to marvel at the brightly colored corals and sponges of the outer reef. Shimmering damselfish and angelfish swim slowly past while stingrays hover just above the seafloor and barracudas dart off in pursuit of their next meal. 

Put on your snorkel and mask to admire the reef environment up close. Dive along the Maritime Heritage Trail to see six shipwrecks from 1878 to 1966. Some are accessible to snorkelers.

Follow a morning on the water with a visit to one of the secluded keys. Hike through the mangrove forests of Elliott Key or picnic in peace on charming Boca Chita Key nearby. 

Biscayne National Park is in southern Florida, just east of Everglades National Park. Drive south from Miami to Homestead. From here it is 20 minutes east to the park entrance at Convoy Point. At the visitor center here, book trips and find out more about available activities. The park is open year-round although boat excursions can be affected by bad weather. 

U.S. national parks offer affordable adventure for all types of travelers to all kinds of lands, including the plentiful waters of Biscayne National Park.

Popular Activities at Biscayne National Park

Make the most of your time spent at Biscayne National Park. Here's a list of some of the top things to do:

Why not consider purchasing an Upper Keys & Lighthouse Seaplane Tour and a Biscayne National Grand Seaplane Tour?

For many more activities, peruse our Homestead things to do page.


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Beautiful Miami Lakehouse For Families 3 Beds/2 Baths/sleeps 6
Reviewed on Mar 21, 2019
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Beautiful Miami Lakehouse For Families 3 Beds/2 Baths/sleeps 6

Beautiful Miami Lakehouse For Families 3 Beds/2 Baths/sleeps 6

Cutler Bay, FL
     
    4.6 of 5
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    We were very happy with this vacation rental! It had everything we needed for a comfortable stay. Miguel was very helpful and friendly. The location was good for us, being centrally located for either traveling down to the keys, the everglades or up into Miami. The neighborhood is quiet with a nice ...

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    Reviewed on Mar 7, 2018
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    Homestead Miami Speedway Home

    Homestead Miami Speedway Home

    Homestead, FL
       
      4.6 of 5
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      My only displeasure with this rental is the lack of TV channels, evenings there was very little to watch on the television. The TV's are all very small, I have less than perfect vision, so difficult to see any detail on the screen. There apparently is no downstairs bedroom, available, which would ...

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      Reviewed on Mar 17, 2019
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      Private Bedroom / With Access to all Common Areas

      Private Bedroom / With Access to all Common Areas

      Cutler Bay, FL
         
        5.0 of 5
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        This was our first time staying in a room at an occupied home and it was perfect. Mitsouko was very friendly and helpful. I was afraid of feeling awkward in her home but it was very comfortable. The location was also awesome between Miami and the Florida keys. The neighborhood was very nice and family ...

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        Princeton, FL
           
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          Situated in Princeton, this vacation home is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Southland Mall and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Biscayne National Park. Homestead Air Force Base and Monkey Jungle are also within 6 mi (10 km).

          Chic Four Bedroom Miami Home
          Reviewed on Mar 5, 2019
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          Chic Four Bedroom Miami Home

          Chic Four Bedroom Miami Home

          Miami, FL
             
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            I really enjoyed staying in this property. Very clean and quite. Could not be better!!! Thank you.

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            Palmetto Bay, FL
               
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              Situated in Miami, this vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of Deering Estate at Cutler and Biscayne National Park. Coral Reef Park is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) away.

              THE Sunrise Suite by A&M
              THE Sunrise Suite by A&M

              THE Sunrise Suite by A&M

              Cutler Bay, FL
                 
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                THE Sunset Suite by A&M
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                THE Sunset Suite by A&M

                Cutler Bay, FL
                   
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                  Situated in Cutler Bay, this vacation home is 2 mi (3.2 km) from Southland Mall and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Biscayne National Park. Zoo Miami and The Falls are also within 6 mi (10 km).