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Biscayne National Park Institute

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Biscayne National Park Institute
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Biscayne National Park Institute's trips start and end at the Dante Fascel Visitor Center. Sail or powerboat trips can include stopping ashore at Boca Chita or Adams Key, paddling, snorkeling and interpretive tours. Offering half- and full-day trips...more
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
9700 SW 328th St, Biscayne National Park Visitor Center, Homestead, FL 33033-5634
+1 786-335-3644
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 16 April 2018

We booked a snorkel tour a few days earlier and the evening before the 9:30 a.m. launch we received an email informing us the tour had been cancelled due to weather. The next morning, winds were high and seas rough-- the captain had made the...More

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Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 20 February 2018

We were super excited about camping here. The music continued until 1am, generators running all night and drunk, smoking people all over. Elliiot Key is not treated as a national park is normally treated. No ranger was on duty, the bathrooms were disgusting and none...More

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HaroldOchstein, Manager at Biscayne National Park Institute, responded to this reviewResponded 22 February 2018

Sorry that you had a difficult experience at Elliott Key, unfortunately it is close to an urban center, open to the public and accessible by private boat so especially on holiday weekends does not represent what we all enjoy about our National Parks. I will...More

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While we thoroughly enjoyed being up in the mangroves, we didn't realize that the paddle part of the trip was a paddle board. We expected a canoe or kayak. We are both 75 and don't bend as easily as we used to. Being on a...More

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Reviewed yesterday

Castle and the driver did a great job of enteracting with the passengers informing us about what we were seeing and the history and related facts /stories

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Reviewed 2 days ago

We went on the wonderful snorkeling trip. Not only the boat trip was a fantastic ride already... but to see the life of the reef was outstanding. We even got to see a nurse shark close by.It was a wonderful experience. The team is exceptional....More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

I have an obsession with the National parks and this one does not disappoint. Friendly, helpful, knowledgeable boat staff. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Reviewed 5 days ago

The Staff and Park Rangers were very helpful to helping me with all the activities at the Park! I went for a Paddle boarding adventure around two islands. But found that among the diverse wildlife; there is also snorkeling, Boat adventures and more!

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Had an amazing day with Captain Bryce on the Eco Adventure trip. Being a small tour with only 6 people was great. Paddling in the mangrove forests of Jones Lagoon was awesome. This is the only trip that goes there so it was very peaceful...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

This tour started with Ranger Gary in the visitors center. He has a nice clear voice and tells cute jokes along with an informative presentation. After that we got on the boat and rode to a cove near Sandwich island. We jumped off the boat...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

I did the half-day snorkeling trip on Anniversary Reef with a group of friends as part of my bachelor party. The guides were very knowledgeable of all things about the park, and my friends and I had a great time snorkeling the reef. For some...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good people and good things to see. I just wish I hadn't gotten robbed in the parking lot. There's always a jerk to ruin the experience.

Thank Mike P
Reviewed 1 week ago

My trip and tour of Boca Chita Key was outstanding. The staff was knowledgeable and friendly. The lighthouse tour and story of Boca Chita were quite interesting. I would highly recommend this tour.

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15 February 2018|
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Response from amyspicka | Reviewed this property |
Yes, very primitive in most areas. Off at least one of the island areas are a few vaulted toilets. A few warnings that I would offer would be, one, the mosquitos. Lots of mosquitos in certain area. Also, in at least on of... More
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26 January 2018|
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Response from Moira D | Reviewed this property |
They should be ok. The water is pretty shallow, 15 feet or so to sand bottom, 10 or less to the top of the coral. Viisbility is good. Temperature was in the 70’ when we were there las December. There were a couple of kids in... More