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Biscayne National Park is the largest marine sanctuary in the U.S. National Park system. This 173K-acre park is 95% water. It is the third largest offshore reef in the entire world, and is home to thousands of wildlife habitats. Here, explorers will find everything from rare and popular bird species along the Biscayne Birding Trail, to threatened or endangered species like manatees, hawksbill sea turtles and American crocodiles. With so much of the park under water, the best way to explore it is by boat.

Stop by the Dante Fascell Visitor’s Center about an hour's drive south of Miami, and sign up for guided boat, paddle, and snorkel tours. Stroll through mangrove hammocks or climb the lighthouse on Boca Chita before heading to Adams Key, a great place for kayaking through clear, blue waters. Take a guided stand-up paddle tour on Jones Lagoon, a secluded mangrove lagoon that’s home to yellow stingrays, loggerhead turtles, juvenile bona head sharks, jellyfish and more. See the real gem of the park, Florida’s protected coral reefs, when you snorkel with colorful anemones, green moray eels and schools of technicolor fish living within them. If you’re really adventurous, go scuba diving. Biscayne National Park promises exciting experiences in one of South Florida’s most revered natural landscapes.

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