Biscayne National Park is located in Homestead, Florida. The physical address for the park is: 9700 SW 328th Street, Sir Lancelot Jones Way, Homestead, Florida, 33033. The park is 270.3 miles/squared. The park has a subtropical climate and boasts sunshine year-round. Winters in the park are dry and mild.
Rainy and windy conditions are experienced sometimes. Summer months are hot and humid but may have scattered thunderstorms. The climate is very helpful because the park’s waters are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, year-round.
The visitor center, Dante Fascell Visitor Center, is open from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm daily, closing only on Christmas Day. There is no entry fee to visit the park. There are 42 islands surrounding the park, with Elliott Island being the largest. The best part about the islands, they form a protective barrier around the park’s mainland. Biscayne National Park was first discovered on October 18, 1968. It later on became a National Park on the day June 28, 1980. The parade of human history spans 10,000 years.
There is evidence on the island that Native Americans were once there that lived and made a home there. There are also underwater shipwrecks that serve as witness of bad times.The park’s natural barrier, consisting of the 42 surrounding islands is the most unique geological aspect of the park.
These islands are also known as the Florida Keys. The park also has coral reefs that are formed from high waters in the post. The Key Largo limestone (Largo limestone) and oolitic limestone are prevalent rock formations found in the area surrounding the park. Biscayne National Park is home to the Sargent’s Palm tree (endangered) that is considered to be the rarest palm tree native to Florida. The semaphore (prickly-pear cactus) can also be found in the park. The park is home to over 500 species of reef fish, there are water birds, also there are at least 20 threatened or endangered species.
A few of these endangered species are pelicans, sea turtles, manatees, and the schaus swallowtail butterfly. Most of the animals inhabiting the park have been there since the park was first established.You can find many activities to keep you busy while visiting Biscayne National park. Visitors can choose from outdoor activities like fishing, guided tours, canoeing and kayaking, snorkeling and diving, boating, camping, wildlife watching, or choose to explore and learn.
Inside the Dante Fascell visitor center, you can tour the gallery and museum and watch videos about the park. The museum shows the parks history and shows the transitions of the park over time. You can find lots of things to do if you are ever visiting Biscayne National Park and you can visit anytime, year-round.