John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park -- (305) 451-1621,MM 102.5 Oceanside. This park offers some of the best diving and
snorkeling in the Keys. Glass bottom boat, snorkel and dive tours, visitor center, concession center, gift shops, camping,
canoeing/kayaking, fishing, boardwalk, beach. The first undersea park in the United States, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park,
and the adjacent Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, cover approximately 178 nautical square miles of coral reefs, seagrass
beds and mangrove swamps. The park extends 3 miles into the Atlantic Ocean and is approximately 25 miles in length. These
areas were established to protect and preserve a portion of the only living coral reef in the continental United States. Admission
Harry Harris County Park -- MM 92.5 Oceanside. Man-made lagoon with clear ocean water, beach, playground, and picnic areas.
Admission charged on weekends.
Port Bougainville -- MM 106 off County Road 905. Guided nature walk of the hardwood hammocks on Sun. and Thurs. at 10 a.m. Free.
Ann's Beach -- MM 73.5 Oceanside. Boardwalk, picnic tables, long stretch of beach, shallow swimming. Restrooms. Free.
Founders Park -- MM 86.5 Bayside. (305) 664-2345. Beach, skate park, marina, bike & hiking paths, tennis, playground, volleyball,
basketball, baseball, soccer, dog park. Fee charged for Non-residents.
Holiday Isle Beach Resort -- (305) 664-2321, MM 84 Oceanside. Beach, tropical pools, shops and restaurants, and a full-service
marina with water sports rentals.
Indian Key Historic State Park -- (305) 664-9814, MM 78.5 Oceanside. Accessible only by boat, kayak or canoe. Small uninhabited
islands that offer a dock, observation tower, shelter, trails. Guided tours Thurs. - Mon., fee charged.
Indian Key Fill -- MM 78.5. Set out for Indian Key and Lignumvitae Key from this public boat ramp here.
One of the few deep swimming areas in the Keys.
Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park -- (305) 664-2540, MM 78.5 Oceanside. Accessible only by boat. Trails provide up-close views
of this tropical paradise. Guided tours provides transportation to this botanical marvel as well as to Indian Key. Tours twice a day.
Call for information.
Long Key State Recreation Area -- (305) 664-4815, MM 67.5 Oceanside. Fishing, swimming, snorkeling, canoeing, camping, nature
trails, picnic area, restrooms. Fee charged for entrance.
Windley Key Fossil Reef State Geological Site -- (305) 664-2540, MM 84.5 Bayside. See remains of early 20th century quarries cut
through the 125,000-year-old fossil reef. Visitor center, nature trails. Pets permitted on 6-foot leash. Admission fee charged.
Crane Point Hammock Museums & Nature Center -- (305) 743-9100, MM 50 Bayside. Visit the Museum of Natural History and
Florida Keys Children's Museum, explore 64 acres of native thatch palm hammock on mapped trails to Florida Bay and the historic
Adderley House, or picnic. Admission charged.
Curry Hammock State Park; (305) 664-4815, MM 56. Hike, swim, fish. Picnic tables, grills, restrooms.
Marathon Community Park -- 12222 Overseas Hwy. Ball field, tennis courts, skate rink and basketball courts.
Pigeon Key -- (305) 289-0025, MM 47 Oceanside. Learn about the history of the Keys railroads and Overseas Highway. Ride the train
from Knights Key, Oceanside. National Historic Site, island tours, restrooms, museum. Admission charged.
Sombrero Beach -- MM 50 Oceanside. Gently sloping beach bordered by native foliage. Children's playground, picnic area,
Big Pine and Lower Keys
Bahia Honda State Park -- (305) 872-2353, MM 37 Oceanside. Cited as one of the nation's top 10 beaches. Deep waters close to
shore offer outstanding swimming and snorkeling. Camping and cabins, fishing, nature trails. The park is on 524 acres including
one small island offshore on the southwest end of the park. Many plants and animals in the park are rare and unusual, including
marine plant and animal species of Caribbean origin. Trees in the park include the yellow satinwood, gumbo limbo and silver palm.
There is a nature trail that follows the shore of a tidal lagoon at the far end of Sandspur Beach. Concession service, marina, snack
bar, gift shop, snorkeling tours, kayak rentals. Admission charged.
Little Duck Key Beach -- MM 39 Oceanside. Just over the 7-mile bridge, swimming, covered picnic shelters, restrooms. Free.
Fort Zachary Taylor State Historic Site -- (305) 292-6713, at the end of Southard Street. Built from 1845-66, the fort helped to defend
Florida's coastline. Guided tours of the armaments, fishing, picnicking, swimming. Locals call this the best beach in Key West.
Clarence S. Higgs Memorial Beach -- Also know as County Beach, this strip of beach is one-half mile west of Smathers Beach on
Atlantic Blvd, near the south end of White Street. Swimming, wooden pier, free tennis courts across the street. Free.
Smathers Beach -- One of the longest beaches in Key West offers spectacular views of the sunrise to early risers. Water sports
rentals, food concessions, picnic areas, restrooms, vollyeball net. Free.
South Beach -- On the ocean at the end of Duval Street. Small beach with picnic tables.
Fort Jefferson and Dry Tortugas State Park -- This national park is located on an island about 70miles west of Key West and is only
accessible by boat. There are a few ferry services that have scheduled trips to the Park. Dry Tortugas National Park and Fort
Jefferson have a fascinating history and beautiful beaches for divers and snorkelers.
Historic Fort Jefferson is located on Garden Key which is the largest island in the group of 7 islands. Fort Jefferson construction
began in 1846 but was never finished yet it covers 11 of the key's 16 acres. The army abandoned Fort Jefferson in 1874. In 1908 the
area became a wildlife refuge to protect nesting birds from egg collectors. In 1935 the area was proclaimed a National Monument
and in 1992 was designated a National Park.Cited as one of the nation's top 10 beaches. Deep waters close to shore offer
outstanding swimming and snorkeling. Camping and cabins, fishing, nature trails. The park is on 524 acres including one small
island offshore on the southwest end of the park. Many plants and animals in the park are rare and unusual, including marine plant
and animal species of Caribbean origin. Trees in the park include the yellow satinwood, gumbo limbo and silver palm. There is a
nature trail that follows the shore of a tidal lagoon at the far end of Sandspur Beach. Concession service, marina, snack bar, gift
shop, snorkeling tours, kayak rentals. Admission charged.
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