Florida – “No Kids Allowed” Day 6 Biscayne National Park

We love visiting the National Parks in the United States, but had never been to Biscayne National Park.  It was original established in 1968 as a national monument.  In 1980, it was enlarged to 173,000 acres and designated a national park to protect the undersea life and coral reefs ,as well as the keys just off shore.  A majority of the park is water and 98% of the park can only be accessed by boat.

We had booked a tour through the park website.  Our meeting place was the Dante Fascell Visitor Center, which is named for an instrumental congressman from South Florida.

The center had a few exhibits about the flora and fauna of the area.

We met Evan our tour guide and boat driver at the marina

We followed the channel markers as the water is very shallow

We made our way to Anniversary reef and enjoyed several hours of snorkeling.

We then motored back to Adams Key where we ate lunch and were given some time to explore.

Adam’s Key was once used as an exclusive get away for the rich and famous.  The area also has a history of shipwrecks, but today it is only a day use area.

Our next activity was paddle boarding, an activity that we had never done before.  Evan had us sit and paddle like a kayak

When we were comfortable, he encouraged us to “attempt” to stand.

Jodi got a bit too brave and tumbled several times.

Evan took us along the mangroves where we saw starfish and cranes and did a bit more snorkeling

It had been a great day in Biscayne National Park. We highly recommend the boat tour!!

We ended the day, with Jim cooking his Black mackerel, from his fishing trip the day before, for dinner.  He was pretty proud that he caught it and cooked it. 20190613_190611.jpg