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Biscayne National Park

Biscayne National Park - BEST Places to Picnic

9700 SW 328 Street
Homestead, FL 33033

Phone
Visitor Information
(305) 230-7275
Administrative Offices
(305) 230-1144

WELCOME to Biscayne!

Within sight of downtown Miami, yet worlds away, Biscayne protects a rare combination of aquamarine waters, emerald islands, and fish-bejeweled coral reefs. Here too is evidence of 10,000 years of human history, from pirates and shipwrecks to pineapple farmers and presidents. 

Outdoors enthusiasts can boat, snorkel, camp, watch wildlife�or simply relax in a rocking chair gazing out over the bay.

A Tequesta Indian man free-dives for conch from a dugout canoe. A Bahamian woman watches the sunset across a tidal creek after a hard day's work. 

A ship grinds against a knife-edged reef while a violent wind howls. Wealthy industrialists gather under a shady palm to toss horseshoes. The parade of human history in Biscayne National Park spans 10,000 years.

Although Biscayne National Park was established for its natural history, signs of people and the many ways they have used these lands and waters is everywhere. Nearly every island in the park has evidence of use by native peoples. Underwater, shipwrecks rest as silent witnesses to one violent moment in time, each holding the promise of teaching us about our collective past. 

Pull up a rocking chair on the front porch of the Dante Fascell Visitor Center, and you just might hear the story of how the park was established from one of the people that actually made it happen.

Dive in to discover Biscayne's people and places. Their stories are written on the land...and water.

Picnic Area:

  • Adams Key
  • Boca Chita Key
  • Dante Fascell Visitor Center
  • Elliott Key

Nature

Biscayne National Park is a very diverse place. Four distinct ecosystems melt into one another creating rich edge communities, or "ecotones." 

These edges support an incredible array of wildlife, including hundreds of species of colorful fish, plants found nowhere else in the United States, and visitor favorites like pelicans, manatees and turtles. 

Winds, currents, storms and the park's close proximity to one of the nation's largest urban areas means that the entire park is in a constant state of flux � ever-changing in the face of new challenges posed by the constant cycle of building and destruction.

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