This state park is renowned for its spectacular reefs and colorful
marine life. Most of the park (53,000 acres) protects a segment of
the only living shallow-water coral reef in the United States, but
the 2,350 acres of uplands include a tropical hammock and a
mangrove forest. The visitor center provides an excellent
introduction to the park with its exhibits, slide program, and
aquariums. A glass-bottom boat takes visitors out to view the reef.
Other concession boats take visitors on snorkeling/scuba excursions
on the reef. A boardwalk allows visitors to venture into the
mangrove forest, while a nature trail winds through the hammock.
Ranger-led canoe trips and nature walks are also offered.
The coral reef and tropical reef fish will thrill underwater
explorers, while above ground black-whiskered vireos (summer and
fall), mangrove cuckoos (summer and fall), and smooth-billed anis,
as well as spring migrant birds, will raise the heart rates of
Department of Environmental Protection
The entrance to the park is off U.S. Highway 1 at Key Largo.
Florida Wildlife Sites