Biscayne National Park
9700 SW 328 Street
Homestead, FL 33033
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
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
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.
- Adams Key
- Boca Chita Key
- Dante Fascell Visitor Center
- Elliott Key
Biscayne National Park is a very diverse place. Four distinct
ecosystems melt into one another creating rich edge communities, or
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
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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