Biscayne National Park

Overview

Within sight of downtown Miami, yet worlds away, Biscayne protects a rare combination of aquamarine waters, emerald islands, and fish-bejeweled coral reefs. Here too is evidence of 10,000 years of human history, from pirates and shipwrecks to pineapple farmers and presidents. Snorkeling, diving, boating, fishing, camping, picnicking and superb opportunities for wildlife watching are just a few of the many activities offered at the park...or you can just relax in a chair looking out at the bay. From late December to May, special activities like Family Fun Fest, guided canoe tours, and year-round fishing seminars and other programs can enhance your understanding and appreciation for the largest marine park in the National Park System.

The water portion of Biscayne National Park is open 24 hours a day. Adams Key (accessible only by boat) is a day use area only. Convoy Point, location of the park's headquarters and visitor center, is open daily from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Dante Fascell Visitor Center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Seasonality / Weather

Summers are generally warm, with high humidity and frequent afternoon thunderstorms. Winters are typically mild and dry, but windy. Weather conditions can change rapidly, so be prepared with rainwear at any time of year.

Directions

Driving: 

From the North

Convoy Point can be reached from either the Florida Turnpike or from US-1.

From the Florida Turnpike: Take the Florida Turnpike south, to Exit 6 (Speedway Blvd.). Turn left from exit ramp and continue south to S.W. 328th Street (North Canal Drive). Turn left and continue to the end of the road. It is approximately five miles, and the entrance is on the left.

From US-1: Drive south to Homestead. Turn left on SW 328th Street (North Canal Drive), and continue to the end of the road. It is approximately nine miles, and the entrance is on the left.

From the South

Traveling on US-1 (Overseas Highway), drive north to Homestead. Turn right on SW 328th Street (North Canal Drive -- first light after Florida Turnpike entrance), and continue to the end of the road. The entrance is approximately nine miles on the left.

Many Biscayne National Park visitors are frustrated by South Florida's traffic, so be sure to leave plenty of time to get here, especially if you need to arrive at a specific time (for a boat trip, for example). Always allow extra time on busy, holiday weekends, such as Memorial Day, Labor Day and Columbus Day weekends.

Flying: 

The closest major airport is Miami International, approximately 35 miles from the park.

Public Transport: 

Miami-Dade County offers bus service to Homestead and Florida City, but there is no public transportation directly to park headquarters.