The image depicts a lighthouse on a small, circular island with a few palm trees, surrounded by blue water under a clear, vibrant sky. Nearby, several white yachts are docked along the shoreline, indicating a marina. The scene is peaceful and picturesque, with the lighthouse standing prominently as a focal point.

Visiting Biscayne National Park: The Complete Guide for 2024

Just a stone’s throw from the bustling city of Miami, Biscayne National Park offers a stunning aquatic paradise unlike any other. Encompassing coral reefs, mangrove forests, and crystal-clear waters, this park is a haven for marine life and a dream destination for water enthusiasts. Whether you’re snorkeling through vibrant coral gardens, kayaking along scenic coastlines, or simply soaking in the serene beauty of the seascape, we’ll equip you with all the tips and insights to make the most of your visit to this captivating underwater wonderland.

If you are planning a trip to Biscayne National Park and need some help planning your trip, this is our starter guide for visiting Biscayne National Park. We often have detailed, in-depth guides to Biscayne National Park trip planning and will link to these where appropriate to make your trip planning as easy as possible.

The article will discuss all aspects of visiting Biscayne National Park, including:

  • Maps of Biscayne National Park
  • General Information about Biscayne
  • How to Make the Most of Your Visit
  • Best Things to do in Biscayne
  • Nearby National Parks

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Map of Biscayne National Park

A comprehensive map of Biscayne National Park showing the park's boundaries, islands like Elliott Key, Adams Key, and various water-based recreational spots. The map also includes visitor centers and maritime boundaries.

Click on the Biscayne Map above to download the official brochure map. If you’d like a PDF copy of this Biscayne Map click here.

Biscayne National Park Basics

  • Region: Southeast
  • State: Florida
  • Park Size: 172,971 acres (270.27 sq miles) (699.99 sq km)
  • Location: Miami-Dade County
  • Closest Cities: Homestead, Florida
  • Busy Season: pretty steady year-round
  • Visitation: 571,242 (in 2023)
  • Funniest 1-Star Review: This National Park was highly recommended to us, but didn’t have a whole lot. It would be nice if they expanded some of the land-based and cold-weather activities. There is a boardwalk where you can walk out through some mangroves, mostly where people go fishing. Some educational signs but few exhibits. Not even much scenery. We saw a couple kinds of fish, but mostly murky water.
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How much does Biscayne National Park Cost?

Biscayne National Park is free to enter.

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When is Biscayne National Park Open?

Biscayne National Park is open year-round.

Are dogs allowed in Biscayne National Park?

Yes, pets are welcome in Biscayne National Park but are limited to developed areas such as roads, parking areas, picnic areas, and campgrounds. Pets are not allowed on the trails in the park. Please review the Biscayne Pet Policy before bringing your dog to Biscayne .

  • Pets must be kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet and under your control at all times.
  • Do not leave pets unattended while tied to picnic tables, trees, or other stationary objects.
  • Do not leave pets inside your vehicle. Even if the window is cracked open, temperatures inside can rise quickly even on cooler days. Leaving pets inside a parked car is considered animal cruelty per Florida law.
  • Pet excrement must be immediately collected and disposed of in the nearest trash can.
  • Where Pets Are Allowed
    • The grounds at Convoy Point
    • Elliott Key
  • Where Pets Are Not Allowed
    • Boca Chita Key, including on boats docked in the harbor
    • The Dante Fascell Visitor Center

Where are Biscayne National Park’s visitor centers?

  • Dante Fascell Visitor Center – Open Year Around

Land Acknowledgment

The park, now known as Biscayne National Park, is on Seminole, Matecumbe, Taino, Tequesta land.

Thank you to the Native Land Digital for making the Indigenous territories accessible to all. They have mapped the known territories to the best of the current knowledge and is a work in progress. If you have additional information on the Indigenous nations boundaries, please let them know.

Native Land Digital is a registered Canadian not-for-profit organization with the goal to creates spaces where non-Indigenous people can be invited and challenged to learn more about the lands they inhabit, the history of those lands, and how to actively be part of a better future going forward together.

How Much Time Should I Spend Visiting Biscayne National Park?

If you have a couple of hours in Biscayne National Park, explore Covoy Point and the Dante Fascell Visitor Center.

If you have one day in Biscayne National Park, take a boat tour to Boca Chita Key.

If you have two days in Biscayne National Park, go stand up paddle boarding in Jones Lagoon.

If you have three or more days in Biscayne National Park, go camping on Elliot Key.

Three mini-itinerary book covers for Florida National Parks by Jennifer Melroy. The covers showcase scenic views of Biscayne, Dry Tortugas, and Everglades National Parks. The titles are '7-Day Itinerary: Florida National Parks,' '2-Day Mini-Itinerary: Everglades National Parks,' and '3-Day Mini-Itinerary: Biscayne & Everglades National Parks.

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Things to do in Biscayne National Park

Tours in Biscayne National Park

  • Jones Lagoon Paddle – 3.5 hours – $89 per person – Paddle around the clear water of Jones Lagoon and have a chance to see to baby shark, turtles, and Roseate Spoonbills.
  • Mangroves & Seaglass Meadows Paddle – 1.5 hours – $39 per person – Enjoy a short paddle along one of the longest contiguous stretches of mangrove shoreline.
  • Small Group Snorkel – 3.5 hours – $99 per person – The snorkeling trip will visit one of the area’s shipwreck and a open ocean coral patch.
  • Heritage of Biscayne Cruise – 3.5 hours – $79 per person – Take a tour of narrated tour of Biscayne Bay with a stop at one of the park’s islands.

Best Things to Do in Biscayne National Park

  • Paddle Tour
  • Snorkeling
  • Junior Ranger Badge
  • Convoy Point Jetty Trail
  • Maritime Heritage Trail
  • Go Fishing

Best Things to See in Biscayne National Park

  • Boca Chita Key Lighthouse
  • Adams Key
  • Elliot Key
  • Adams Key
  • Jones Langoon
  • Fowey Rocks Lighthouse

Best Guided Tours of Biscayne National Park

Biscayne National Park Wildlife

  • Florida Manatee
  • Schaus’ Swallowtail
  • Butterfly
  • Green Sea Turtle
  • Brown Pelican
  • Great Barracuda

Where to stamp your National Parks Passport Book in Biscayne National Park?

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IMPORTANT: Do NOT stamp your government-issued passport.

There are Biscayne official stamps for Biscayne National Park. Here is the list of National Park Passport Stamps you can get in Biscayne National Park:

  • Homestead, FL
  • NPS Centennial

Bonus Stamps

  • Bark Ranger
  • Junior Ranger

Biscayne National Park Passport Stamp Locations

Here are all the locations to find the Biscayne National Park Passport Stamps. Not every stamp is available at every location.

  • Boca Chita Lighthouse Entry
  • Dante Fascell Visitor Center

National Parks Near Biscayne National Park

National Park Service units within a 4 hours drive

National Park Service units within an 8 hours drive

  • Canaveral National Seashore
  • Castillo de San Marcos National Monument
  • Cumberland Island National Seashore
  • De Soto National Memorial
  • Fort Caroline National Memorial
  • Fort Frederica National Monument
  • Fort Matanzas National Monument
  • Fort Pulaski National Monument
  • Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve

Final Thoughts on Biscayne National Park

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