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Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park

 About Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park

View of the beach at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park from the balcony of the lighthouse.

A NOTE FROM THE MANAGER

David Foster

I would like to personally invite you to join the staff and volunteers and see one of the 'Top 10 Beaches in the United States' from a bird's-eye-view. Free guided tours of the Cape Florida Lighthouse take place at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Thursdays thru Mondays. Be ready to ascend the 109 steps to the lighthouse watch room and enjoy the view of the beach, Miami and Biscayne Bay from the top. The Lighthouse grounds, which offer great picture taking opportunities, are open Thursdays thru Mondays from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

DESIGNATIONS

The Great Florida Birding Trail Logo

GETTING HERE

  • Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park is located on Key Biscayne.
  • From Miami, take I-95 to the Rickenbacker Causeway, all the way to the end. The park is located at the southern end of Key Biscayne, off the Rickenbacker Causeway, south of downtown Miami.

GET INVOLVED

  • Volunteer -

    Are you interested in history and public speaking? Cape Florida boasts a 186-year-old lighthouse on site, and we are in need of lighthouse tour guides and docents. Walking through the massive cast iron door, into the cool brick-lined tower immediately takes you back a century in time. The unobstructed view of Biscayne Bay, and the gateway to the Keys, from the summit of the tower is unsurpassed. The lighthouse is rich in history, and one can argue that the reason Miami exists here today is because of the light, established 70 years before the city itself.

    We welcome new lighthouse tour guides and docents who can keep the tower or keeper’s residence open to the public for several hours during the day. If you have two hours a week to spare, and a talent or desire for public speaking, we will supply you with the background historical information and training, to make you an effective tour guide or docent.

    Perhaps you have always wondered what it was like to have been one of the first pioneers in Florida, hacking your way through the dense undergrowth. If you’re not afraid of some hard, sweaty, but satisfying work, our resource management team has an unlimited amount of work available removing exotic vegetation, and replanting with native species

    We also welcome maintenance volunteers who assist us in picking up trash and cleaning restrooms, pavilions, and fishing piers.

    Please consider that many rangers in the Florida Park Service gained the necessary skills and experience to apply for positions, by first volunteering in one of our parks.

    Please Note: At this time, Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park requires that all volunteers live off the park premises, as we have no park housing, or RV camping available. The Florida Park Service recognizes the tremendous accomplishments of our volunteers. We are happy to provide orientation, training, and volunteer uniforms.

    To volunteer with us, please contact Park Services Specialist Art Levy at Art.levy@dep.state.fl.us or by phone at (305) 361-8779, extension 114.

  • For forms, information and benefits of volunteering visit Get Involved.
  • Friends of Cape Florida, Inc.
  • c/o Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park
    1200 S. Crandon Boulevard
    Key Biscayne, FL 33149

CONCESSIONAIRES

PET POLICY

  • Florida State Parks Pet Policy
  • Pets are not permitted on the beach, wetlands, playground, youth camp, lighthouse, keeper's cottage, Lighthouse Café or Boater's Grill. Service animals are welcome in all areas and buildings of the park, as required by law.