A national park in southern Florida, Biscayne National Park protects the Biscayne Bay and its barrier reefs offshore. Ninety-five percent of the park is water and it is home to a large mangrove forest. The park preserves four different ecosystems: Biscayne Bay's shallow waters, the offshore Florida Reef, the coral limestone keys, and the mangrove swamp along the shoreline. The land was first established as Biscayne National Monument by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1968, and the later redesignated as Biscayne National Park in 1980.
The park was created for its natural history, however, evidence of people and the ways they used the water and land can be found throughout the park. Shipwrecks bearing signs of once a violent time in history can be seen underwater. Visitors can relax in a rocking chair on the Dante Fascell Visitor Center's front porch and listen to the tale of how Biscayne National Park came to be by one of the people who helped make it happen.
1.Convoy Point and the Dante Fascell Visitor Center
2.Boca Chita Key
6.Boating and Camping in Biscayne National Park
7.Kayaking and Canoeing
Things to Do in Florida: Biscayne National Park
- Convoy Point and the Dante Fascell Visitor Center, Photo: NPS Photo
- Boca Chita Key, Photo: Courtesy of Henryk Sadura - Fotolia.com
- Elliott Key, Photo: Courtesy of liquid studios - Fotolia.com
- Adams Key , Photo: Courtesy of Fotoluminate LLC - Fotolia.com
- Guided Tours, Photo: NPS Photo
- Boating and Camping in Biscayne National Park, Photo: Courtesy of William C. Bunce - Fotolia.com
- Kayaking and Canoeing, Photo: Courtesy of William C. Bunce - Fotolia.com
- Cover Photo: Courtesy of Fotoluminate LLC - Fotolia.com