Join us for guided educational eco experiences that can include sailing, snorkeling, paddling and exploring the islands. The true beauty of Biscayne National Park is that it offers a different experience for each visitor. No matter what area of the park interests you, we can help you gain a deeper connection while you’re here as you learn more about the habitats and history of the park. Programs range from one day to a few hours in length, and highlight the park’s amazing wildlife, rich history, and awe-inspiring marine ecosystems. Biscayne National Park Institute is a non-profit where your purchase helps directly benefit Biscayne National Park.
Located just 20 miles south of Miami, Biscayne National Park protects the northernmost group of living coral reefs in the United States and its ecosystem. Over 95% of the park is “underwater” and is accessible only by boat. It consists of a rare combination of aquamarine waters, beautiful islands, and unique coral reefs. Its shoreline is covered by various types of mangrove trees which provides habitats for birds, mammals, and marine life. Biscayne Bay, with a maximum depth of about 12 feet, has underwater sea grass beds inhabited by shrimps, lobsters, fishes, sea turtles, and manatees. It also has over 10,000 years of human history, from pirates and shipwrecks to pineapple farmers and presidents. Outdoor enthusiasts can boat, snorkel, camp, watch wildlife…or simply relax in a rocking chair gazing out over the bay.
The Institute provides many educational and exciting experiences while you are visiting the park including wildlife watching, boating, paddle-boarding, sailing, snorkeling, and much more. Explore the mangrove estuaries or the shipwrecks in the bay and ocean or glide under the waves to see the colorful coral reefs. Visit the uninhabited Florida Keys and walk the natural beaches and trails. There are also picnic areas and restrooms. Join a subtropical island guided tour, go camping on an island, or hike the length of Elliott Key.
Sail to Boca Chita or Adams Key where you can hike the islands, snorkel the mangroves, or paddleboard through the beautiful mangrove channels.Read More
Explore and learn about the beautiful island of Boca Chita on a guided boat ride. Climb the lighthouse, walk the trail, wade at the beach, and immerse yourself in the history of the island.Read More