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John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park - Things to Know Before Visiting

102601 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037, USA

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About John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

70 nautical square miles (240 km²) of adjacent Atlantic Ocean waters. The park is approximately 25 miles in length and extends 3 miles into the Atlantic Ocean. It was the first underwater park in the United States. The primary attractions of the park are the coral reefs (such as Molasses Reef) and their associated marine life.

Attractions Near John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

Everglades National Park
Everglades National Park34.91km from John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

Largest tropical wilderness in the United States. The Everglades are a network of wetlands and forests fed by a river flowing 0.25 miles (0.40 km) per day out of Lake Okeechobee, southwest into Florida Bay. The park is the most significant breeding ground for tropical wading birds in North America and contains the largest mangrove ecosystem in the Western Hemisphere.

Coral Castle
Coral Castle41.9km from John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

Coral Castle is an oolite limestone structure created by the Latvian-American eccentric Edward Leedskalnin. The structure comprises numerous megalithic stones, mostly limestone formed from coral, each weighing several tons. It is currently a privately operated tourist attraction.

Biscayne National Park
Biscayne National Park44.41km from John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

Biscayne National Park is an American national park in southern Florida, south of Miami. The park preserves Biscayne Bay and its offshore barrier reefs. Ninety-five percent of the park is water, and the shore of the bay is the location of an extensive mangrove forest. Daily a lot of people visit this place and is a famous tourist attraction in Miami Dade county.

Fruit & Spice Park
Fruit & Spice Park46.33km from John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

The Fruit and Spice Park is a 37-acre park located in the heart of Redland, Florida and is the only botanical garden of its kind in the United States. The garden features more than 500 different types of international exotic fruits, vegetables, herbs, and spices. Visitors are allowed to sample fallen fruits and can enjoy this place very much.

Monkey Jungle
Monkey Jungle49.11km from John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

Monkey Jungle is a 30-acre wildlife park established in 1933 for the exhibition and study of endangered monkeys in semi-natural habitats. It is now a popular tourist attraction in this county. The park has about 500 primates of 18 different species running loose.

Boca Chita Key
Boca Chita Key49.99km from John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

Boca Chita Key is the island north of the upper Florida Keys in Biscayne National Park, Miami-Dade County, There is a beautiful lighthouse located in this island and a campground with picnic tables and saltwater toilets. Freshwater and electricity are not available in this island.

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Monroe County
Monroe County
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Monroe County includes the islands of the Florida Keys. Although 87% of the county's land area is on the mainland, that region is part of the Everglades and is virtually uninhabited. Over 99% of the county's population lives on the Florida Keys.