Spring Is In at the Park

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Park Manager Paul Rice in uniform with green leaves and tree branches in background

Key Largo is a great place to be in the spring, and our park celebrates the weather and beautiful outdoors. Visitors are encouraged to come and enjoy the full experience with a boat tour. The park is now fully functional, post-Hurricane Irma, and we offer a variety of ways to explore the coral reefs. If you’re a swimmer, you can have a close-up encounter on a snorkel or a scuba boat tour. If you don’t want to get wet, the view from aboard a climate-controlled, glass-bottom boat is breath-taking. For reservations and information click on the link on this page for the park concession. The Blue Heron Café is scheduled to reopen by the end of March. You can also enjoy the beaches of Key Largo Sound, have a picnic, or walk on a nature trail. At the Cannon Beach swimming area, families and friends can snorkel and explore artifacts from a 1715 Spanish shipwreck. Canoeing, kayaking, or paddle-boarding on the mangrove-lined paddling trails is a great way to explore the park even on windy days. After your outdoor adventures, there’s more to see in the Visitor Center with its 30,000-gallon saltwater aquarium. While that large feature is widely celebrated, six additional 200-gallon aquariums have a variety of corals, lobster, and reef creatures, which are just as interesting. See our new exhibits following our renovations. Participate in “One Thing You Can Do for the Earth.” Stroll through our recently enhanced butterfly garden and spend time relaxing on the benches there. Ask about our ranger-led programs for a chance to learn firsthand about the plants and animals in this sub-tropical paradise. Camping at the park is a great way to do all of these activities, so spend a week, a weekend, or just a day. You’re bound to have a great time here in the Real Florida!