Biscayne National Park Locator Map

Fast Facts

Total Area
172,924 acres
Annual Visitation
495,613 in 2012 (view all years)
Creation Date
June 28, 1980
Entrance Fee
Time Zone
Lowest Elevation
0 feet at Atlantic Ocean
Highest Elevation
9 feet on Totten Key
Lowest Average Temp
63F in January
Record Low Temp
32F in multiple years
Highest Average Temp
87F in July
Record High Temp
98F in multiple years
Our Last Visit
February 2012

Park Contact Information

Biscayne National Park
9700 SW 328th Street, Homestead, FL 33033
Info at (305) 230-7275
Boat Tours (305) 230-1100

Park Creation Timeline

On October 18, 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the bill creating Biscayne National Monument.
On June 28, 1980, legislation is passed redesignating the monument a national park.

Animals and Plants

Since almost all of the park is underwater, it is focused on marine species. Bottlenose dolphins and a number of whale species inhabit the waters, along with the endangered West Indian manatee.
Reptile species include both American alligators and crocodiles, leatherback and loggerhead sea turtles, along with several land-dwelling snakes and turtles.
A large variety of birds can be found in the small land portion of the park and along the coastline. One of note is the brown pelican, which is quite common in the park but endangered elsewhere.
Underwater plants include sea grasses and algaes. Above water, mangroves, palms, and even rare cacti are found.

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