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John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Key Largo Florida Keys


The first undersea park in the United States, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo Florida consists of approximately 70 nautical square miles. The mangrove swamps and tropical hammocks in the park's upland areas offer visitors a unique experience; however, it is the coral reefs and their associated marine life that bring the majority of the visitors to the park. Many enjoy the view of the reef from a glass-bottom boat tour, but visitors can get an up-close look by scuba diving or snorkeling. Canoeing and kayaking through the park's waters are popular activities and fishing is permitted in designated areas. Visitors can enjoy walking on short trails, picnicking, or swimming at the beach. A 30,000-gallon saltwater aquarium is located in the Visitor Center, with nature videos shown in its theater. Full-facility and Youth/Group campsites are available; beach wheelchairs are available without cost.

All Florida state parks are committed to providing equal access to all facilities and programs; if you hould need assistance to enable your participation, please contact the park directly.

Located at Mile Marker 102.5 Overseas Highway in Key Largo.

The sign at the entrance of the park on U.S. 1 welcomes visitors to America's first underwater park, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo.