Visitors to Biscayne National Park can enjoy boating, snorkeling, camping, hiking, and exploring the flora and fauna of the area. The park even provides rocking chairs for visitors to use while watching the water of the bay. Fishing is another popular activity. Those who wish to fish in Biscayne National Park should get the proper permits.
The rangers throughout the park are available to answer any questions about the wildlife and plants found here. The rangers also conduct ranger talks for the many children who come to Biscayne National Park. On the second Sunday of the months of January through May, the park hosts the Family Fun Fest, which is a free program that highlights the diverse resources in the park. Children and families can participate in hands on activities located in stations around the park. It is a lot of fun, and children enjoy getting their "passport" stamped as they explore the activities.
Children who come to Biscayne National Park find a great place to learn how to canoe. The mangrove shoreline boasts shallow, still waters that are perfect for those who are new at canoeing. There are canoes available for rent at the park.
Biscayne National Park covers 172,000 acres of land. The park is best accessible by boat, and there are boats for rent for those visitors to Biscayne National Park that do not have them. However, do not bring large boats to the area, as the bay is unusually shallow. There are great places to go snorkeling in the clear waters of the bay. You can also charter a glass bottom boat to get a look at the life under the sea. Some enjoy renting canoes or kayaks to take along the shores. The park is home to the only underwater archaeological trail in the National Park Service. This trail is called the Maritime Heritage Trail.
Biscayne National Park is home to several Manatees, an endangered water mammal that calls Florida home. The rangers in the park are good a suggesting locations to see these peaceful giants. It is very rare to see a manatee in the wild, and Biscayne National Park is one of the few places where you can see them in their natural habitat.
The most popular island in the park is the Boca Chita Key. Here visitors can camp, picnic, and barbecue. There is no electricity or fresh water on the island, so campers need to bring drinking water. There is a lighthouse on the island that draws many visitors.