Biscayne Fast Facts
- Biscayne National Park covers a total area of 172,924 acres
- The number of people visiting Biscayne in 2016 was 514,709 *
- Biscayne was made a national park on June 28, 1980
- The lowest elevation found in Biscayne is 0 feet at the Atlantic Ocean
- The highest elevation found in Biscayne is 9 feet on Totten Key
- There is no entrance fee for Biscayne National Park
- Biscayne National Park lies in the Eastern time zone
- We last visited Biscayne National Park in February 2012
Random Facts About Biscayne
- 95% of the park’s nearly 173,000 acres are underwater. Other than the Convoy Point area near the visitor center, a boat is needed to access the park.
- The largest island in the park is Elliott Key, which is actually the first of the “true” Florida Keys.
- Biscayne Bay was originally intended to be a part of Everglades National Park. However, it was cut from the proposal to reduce opposition to the park’s creation.
- Biscayne National Park was first protected as Biscayne National Monument in 1968, in response to threats it faced from development and industry.
- Biscayne Bay is generally a very shallow sea, with an average depth of only 10 feet.
- Elliott Key was used by the Central Intelligence Agency as a training area in the early 1960s for operations focused on Cuba.
Where is Biscayne National Park?
Biscayne National Park is located near the southern tip of Florida, just south of the major urban area of Miami. Only a small portion is accessible via land. A private vehicle is necessary to reach this area. Most of the park is underwater, or on small keys that are accessible by boat only. The city of Homestead is adjacent to the park, while the major metropolitan area of Miami is about 30 minutes north. Further directions and maps can be found at Getting to Biscayne.
More About Biscayne
We have pages on all sorts of things about Biscayne National Park. Choose from the menu above the map, or from right here. We have sections on Weather, Getting to the Park, Lodging, Camping, Hiking Trails and HD Video Clips. You could also check out the park’s Photo Gallery.