November 10 2014
Written By
Paul Jaworski
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The Great 59 - Part 5: Biscayne National Park

The Great 59 is a series on America’s National Park Service.

Biscayne National Park

State: Florida

Created: June 6, 1980

Size: 172,971 Acres


Biscayne National Park is certainly different than any of the other parks on our list – its 95% water. There is actually only one mile of paved road in the entire park, so most of the exploring you do is in or around the water. If you decide to go to Biscayne, make sure you plan it out, because the only way to get around is by boat.


Biscayne is located just a hop, skip, and a jump away from Miami and its open year round. There are also a bunch of water related activities that you can take part in if you plan out your trip. We’d recommend hitting up both the city of Miami as well as Biscayne if you have the time.

What To Do:

Snorkeling and Diving – The worlds third longest living coral reef is located in the park and you can see it up close and personal.

Boat Tours- You can sign up to take a boat tour of the coral islands around the park.

Kayaking – Another great way to explore the park is via Kayak. You can explore the lagoons, canals, and mangroves all on a kayak or canoe. There is also plenty of beautiful wildlife to see.

Places Of Interest:

Convoy Point- This should be your first stop when you visit Biscayne. Here, you can rent boats, canoes, and kayaks.

Sea Turtles – Yeah, we know “sea turtles” aren’t a place, but they are still freakin awesome. Biscayne hosts 90% of all loggerhead turtles as well as ALL of the green turtles in the USA.

Boca Chita Key- This is the most popular island in the Park. You can camp here overnight and check out the views from the lighthouse.

Biscayne is open all year round, but the best time to go is between December and April since that’s the dry season for Southern Florida and you won’t have to face crazy storms and mosquitoes.


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