Biscayne National Park

Location: south of Miami, Florida
Date: January 3, 2014

Dante Fascell Visitor Center

Biscayne National Park protects Biscayne Bay, barrier islands and part of Florida Reef south of Miami. Because most of the park is water and islands, you need a boat to visit much of it. To complicate this further, the park lost is concessionaire in late 2013, leaving visitor without their own boats stranded on the mainland.

So what did I do at the park? Well, not much. I went to the Dante Fascell Visitor Center east of Homestead where I looked around the building and walked the short path from the visitor center into the bay. This path is 0.35 miles one way and is partially a boardwalk. There are a few signs along the trail that tell you about the area, and you can see to downtown Miami on a clear day. But if you're not fishing from the boardwalk and there isn't much wildlife, then there's not much else to do. So I continued on to John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park.

The trail from the visitor center

View towards the visitor center from the trail

Great blue heron at the visitor center

View into Biscayne Bay from the end of the trail
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