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John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

 About John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

Two RVs in the campground at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo.

A NOTE FROM THE MANAGER

Paul Rice

The Mangrove Trail, including the observation tower, remains closed for repair. Please excuse us while we work to improve park facilities for your enjoyment. Thank you.

As autumn begins, the summer crowds have left, but the water is still warm enough for visitors to get a close-up view of the park’s internationally-renowned coral reefs. Key Largo weather is tempered by the gulfstream breezes, so enjoy a lazy Keys-style day at the beaches on Largo Sound or in our picnic areas. A boat tour is a must when visiting our mostly-underwater park. If you don’t want to get wet, see the breathtaking view from aboard our climate-controlled, glass-bottom boat. Swimmers can have a close-up encounter with the reef on a snorkeling or scuba boat tour. You can also enjoy snorkeling at Cannon Beach, where artifacts from a 1715 Spanish shipwreck create an underwater view of Florida history. Our Visitor Center and Aquarium is well-known for its 30,000-gallon saltwater aquarium with many live examples of reef creatures. The park also has nature trails, canoe and kayak trails, a playground, and a campground. Take advantage of what the park has to offer while there are temporarily fewer visitors, whether it is a vacation, or just spending a day. As we move into November, you can expect greater numbers of visitors joining you to enjoy this unique Florida State Park with global recognition.

DESIGNATIONS

The Great Florida Birding Trail Logo The Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail Logo The Clean Marina Logo Greenways and Trails Designated Site Logo

GETTING HERE

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is located on U.S. Highway 1 at Mile Marker 102.5, north of Key Largo in the Florida Keys.

GET INVOLVED

  • Volunteer -

    The campground host and volunteer program at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park relies upon individuals to help the park preserve and protect its natural resources and provide outstanding guest services. The volunteer program has opportunities for both local residents (seasonal and year-round) and overnight campers. From assisting in the field and working in the shop, to helping with interpretive materials and guiding nature walks there is always a way for every person to help. Volunteering provides the community with an opportunity to give something to the park while contributing a much-needed workforce to enhance the overall operation of the park. Please contact the volunteer coordinator by email or regular mail:

    Elena Muratori, Park Services Specialist
    John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
    P.O. Box 487
    Key Largo, FL 33037

  • For forms, information and benefits of volunteering visit Get Involved.

CONCESSIONAIRES

PET POLICY

  • Florida State Parks Pet Policy
  • Pets are not permitted on the beach, inside the Visitor Center or at the group campsite. Service animals are welcome in all areas of the park, as required by law.