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Park Alert for John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park: 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.
Visitors Looking at Fish in 30,000 Gallon Aquarium
Indian Key - 2nd Street
Coral closeup
White ibis on the beach
Historical cannon on beach
A stack of canoes and kayaks
Palm trees in the parking lot
View of the water
Woman with gray hair & glasses in striped shirt, blond female child in red & white top & blue jeans, younger red-haired male in brown shirt, looking at fishes in lighted large aquarium on right, dark wood & displays in background.
View looking down 2nd Street.
Coral closeup
White ibis on the beach
Historical cannon on beach
A stack of canoes and kayaks
Palm trees in the parking lot
View of the water

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John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

Welcome to John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

Welcome to John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

The first undersea park in the United States, 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.

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