Island Experiences

Half-day trips include a guided tour of Boca Chita Key or self-guided paddling at Adams Key. Full-day trips all include some “island time” along with sailing, snorkeling, or paddling in other areas in the park. Camping transportation includes drop off and pick up every day at Elliott Key for a nighttime experience in the park. Whether photographing the keys’ natural beauty, walking through the hardwood hammocks, or learning about the history and wildlife of the keys, there are many ways to enjoy these islands.

Boca Chita is the most visited island in the park. Each guided tour lasts approximately three hours and includes opportunities to explore and learn about popular and scenic Boca Chita Key and Biscayne Bay. Climb the lighthouse, explore the Island, take a quick dip at the beach and hike the trail. The iconic and historic lighthouse, built by Mark Honeywell in the late 1930s, is located here. The observation deck provides a fantastic view of islands, bay, ocean, and downtown Miami’s skyline.The lighthouse was never approved to guide ships to safe passage. It draws them instead to the beauty and wonder of the park.

Explore Adams Key and the surrounding waters. Hike on Adams Key and/or paddle through the mangroves with included paddle equipment. Relax at the picnic pavilion or pull up a chair and sit on the dock on the bay. Adams Key lies on the north side of swift-moving Caesar Creek. Once home to the famed Cocolobo Club, a retreat for people like Carl Fisher, Gar Wood and Presidents Harding, Hoover, Johnson and Nixon, Adams Key now has a day-use area and dock. A short trail leads through the hardwood hammock.

Daily Transportation by boat to Elliot Key with all your gear allows you to explore the island and really get in tune with nature. The island offers camping, picnicking, swimming, wildlife watching and a hiking trail. Picnic tables and grills are available. Restrooms with sinks and cold water showers are available. Elliott Key is the largest island in the park and was once a thriving community of pioneers engaged in pineapple farming, sponging, wrecking or other pursuits.

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