John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
Know Before You Go
The playground is temporarily closed for repairs. Please enjoy the beaches, nature walks and other park amenities while the work is under way.
Nature Trail Closure
The Mangrove Nature Trail is closed while repairs are being made to the boardwalk, but you can enjoy a view on the new bridge. We thank you for your patience while we work to improve your park experience.
Welcome to John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
Key Largo’s John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is one of a kind, offering an amazing glimpse into the underwater world.
Renowned for being the country’s first undersea park, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park encompasses an impressive 70 nautical square miles. While many visitors view the park’s colorful coral reefs and teeming marine life on a glass-bottom boat tour, one can get an even 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 also enjoy walking on short trails through tropical hammocks, picnicking or swimming at the beach. The visitor center features several large saltwater aquariums filled with sea creatures, and nature videos are shown in its theater. Full-facility and youth/group campsites are available.
Dive in to explore Florida’s Coral Reef at the park.
Plan Your Visit
Food Service, Gift Shop & Tours
Snorkeling at Pennekamp
Maritime Heritage Exhibit
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park Photo Gallery
Sergeant Majors at John Pennekamp
Artesian well at Pennekamp
People Make the Parks
Staff Spotlight, Emerita Ortiz
Volunteer Spotlight, Larry and Cathy Thurow
This Park is Recognized by:
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