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John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

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U.S. 1 Mile Marker 102.5
Key Largo, Florida 33037

(305) 451-1202

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The sign at the entrance of the park on U.S. 1 welcomes visitors to America's first underwater park, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo.

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Effective April 2, 2014, the Visitor Center and Aquarium Building has been closed temporarily to conduct emergency repairs. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and will reopen the facility as quickly as repairs can be made.

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

 Welcome to John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

The first undersea park in the U.S., John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park encompasses approximately 70 nautical square miles. While the mangrove swamps and tropical hammocks in the park's upland areas offer visitors a unique experience, it is the coral reefs and their associated marine life that bring most visitors to the park. Many enjoy the view of the reef from a glass-bottom boat tour, but visitors can get a closer look by scuba diving or snorkeling. Canoeing and kayaking through the park's waters are popular activities; fishing is permitted in designated areas. Visitors can enjoy walking on short trails, picnicking, or swimming at the beach. The Visitor Center has a 30,000-gallon saltwater aquarium and nature videos are shown in its theater. Full-facility and Youth/Group campsites are available. Beach wheelchairs are available without cost.

Florida's state parks are committed to providing equal access to all facilities and programs. Should you need assistance to enable your participation, please contact the park directly.

For boat tour information and reservations, please call (305) 451-6300.

Located at Mile Marker 102.5 Overseas Highway in Key Largo.