The Biscayne National Park is a nautical wonderland situated to the South of Miami in Southern Florida. The park is not only home to some of the most unique ecosystems in the world; it is also 95% water-based. Only 5% of the park is based on land. Additionally, the park has salt-water and fresh-water areas where you can observe different ecosystems.
The park is also home to the Florida Reef which ranks among the largest natural coral reefs found across the world. Spread over 172,971 acres, the Biscayne pPark also includes the famed Elliot Key, which is not only the largest island here but is also completely made from fossilized coral reef making it a geological oddity.
Date of Establishment
The Biscayne National Park was established as the Biscayne National Monument on 18th October, 1968. The original monument was much smaller than what it is today but it was eventually expanded byin 1980. Today, it receives nearly 3 million visitors on an annual basis. The beauty of the park attracts water sport fans, nature enthusiasts and others who want to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Due to the fact that it is situated in Southern Florida, the Biscayne National Park experiences sub-tropical weather all year round. Nonetheless, the best time to visit would be anywhere from December to April. This is when the area is experiencing a dry season so rainfall would be at a minimum. It’s also when most of the ranger-led activities are happening so you can view this wonderful park in all its glory and splendor.
The Visitor’s Center
In the Biscayne National Park, the Dante Fascell Visitor Center is the only section of the park which is based on the main-land. It is accessible by water and by land as well and is. It’s situated on Convoy point.
It is open every day from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. During Holidays, such as Thanksgiving, Christmas or even New Years, the visitor center is closed. Not only is this a popular picnic spot, the center also works like the base point for group who are taking part in the many activities, private or ranger-led activities at the park to start. It also has various resources, exhibits and even resources.
There is even a dedicated art gallery which was opened in 2002 and features art pieces, photographs and paintings done in oil, water colors, collages, sculpture, and more which have been inspired by the natural beauty of Biscayne National Park.