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John Pennekamp State Park

Mile Marker 105, Key Largo, Florida 33037 USA

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Open Now
Wed 8a-5p
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
    Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Not Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • Public
    Restrooms

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Due to the spread of COVID-19, many points of interest are closed and travel is not recommended. Please follow state and local guidelines, and stay safe.

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“America's first undersea park”

Established in 1963, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park was the first undersea park created in the United States. The park, combined with the adjacent Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, encompasses 178 nautical square miles of coral reefs, seagrass beds and mangrove swamps. These areas were established to protect and preserve the only living coral reef in the continental United States.

Activities:

CAMPING: 47 full-facility sites for both tent and RV campers are available. Restrooms and hot showers are easily accessible. Call 1-800-326-3521.

Dive Shop-SCUBA Tours: (305)-451-6322 or (877) PARK DIVE (877-727-5348)

FISHING: Fishing is allowed only in designated areas in accordance with Florida law. Saltwater fishing licenses are required. Spearfishing and collecting of tropical fish is prohibited inside the park. 

SWIMMING: Three areas are designated for swimming, including Canon Beach, which features remnants of an early Spanish shipwreck 100 feet offshore. 

PICNICKING: Designated areas are located throughout the park. Barbeque grills are provided. No ground fires are permitted. To rent a pavillion, call 1-305-451-1202.

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Reviewed by
stephanie.neimiller

  • 1 Review
  • 2 Helpful
May 24, 2013

Cool place to snorkel

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Greek_nomad

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September 11, 2014
Rated 4.0

As soon as we heard about the John Pennekamp State Park's coral reefs, we immediately bought diving suits from the shop located at the Park and dived to see it ourselves. The experience is just one in a million. You get to see a great variety of sea creatures. (colorful fish)

The staff that guide and help you snorkel were very helpful. We had a great time while the sea was calm, then we got informed that the sea will become aggressive so we had to end it fast.

Very good experience.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
GaetanLacasse

  • 7 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
March 25, 2016
Rated 5.0

The glass bottom boat trip is amazing

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John Pennekamp State Park

Mile Marker 105
Key Largo, Florida
33037 USA

Hours

Open now until 5:00 pm
  • Sun - Sat: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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