This is not a place for landlubbers because 95 percent of this park is underwater. A snorkeling or scuba trip is in order if you want to see more than the parking lot and welcome center.
Try one of the snorkeling excursions among the coral reefs, or if you’re a certified diver, rent equipment for scuba trips, available on weekends.
Rather stay dry? Explore the shoreline in a canoe or kayak or take a three-hour glass-bottom boat tour to see dolphins, tropical fish and sea turtles cavorting near the coral reefs. The boat also transports campers to the islands, where they can picnic on Elliott Key, hike to the lighthouse on Boca Chita Key, or stroll through the hardwood hammocks of Adams Key.
Biscayne National Park is also home to Stiltsville, one of the Miami’s most interesting architectural marvels.
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Located southwest of Key Biscayne, Stiltsville consists of the last seven houses built on the flats of Biscayne Bay on cement or wood pilings. The first of the houses was built in the 1930s.