John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, encompassing approx. 70 nautical square miles, is the 1st undersea park in the United States. While the mangrove swamps and tropical hammocks in the park’s upland areas offer visitors a unique outddors experience, the coral reefs and the associated marine-life are what brings most visitors to this year-round destination. Many enjoy the view of the reef from a glass-bottom boat tour, others get a closer look by scuba diving or snorkeling. Canoeing and kayaking through the park’s waters are popular outdoor activities and fishing is permitted in designated areas – many enjoy walking on short trails, picnicking, or swimming at the beach. The Visitor Center has a 30k-gallon saltwater aquarium and nature videos are shown in its theater. Full-facility and Youth/Group campsites are available. Beach wheelchairs are available for use.
Key Largo means relaxing sunshine-filled days and relatively mild temperatures. Key Largo weather is tempered by the gulf-stream breezes, perfect for enjoying a lazy Keys-style day at one of the two beaches on Largo Sound or in one of the picnic areas. The park also offers nature trails, canoe and kayak trails, a playground, and a campground. When visiting Key Largo in the Florida Keys, add this unique Florida state park to your bucket-list.
Location: MM 102.5 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, Florida Keys 33037
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