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Quote: Most travel guides will tell you the Florida Keys begin at Key Largo. Smart travelers looking to see the "real" keys and avoid the crowds head to Biscayne National Park, 9 miles east of Homestead. Hey, it isn't a cousin of Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon for nothing!
Restaurant | "The White Lion Cafe"
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 23, 2000
White Lion Cafe & Antiques
146 NW 7 Street
Florida Keys, Florida 33030
Attraction | "Snorkeling the Northernmost Keys"
The price of the trip includes mask, fins, snorkel, and safety vest, as well as any instruction you might need. Snorkeling is an easy skill to learn. The toughest part is just remembering that you can indeed breathe when your face is under water!
Protecting the habitat is the main purpose of the park, so don't break, stand on, take or even touch the corals or other animals. They are extremely fragile, and damage can take decades to mend.
Biscayne National Park
9700 SW 328th Street
Homestead, Florida 33030
Attraction | "The Mangrove Coast"
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 23, 2000
Attraction | "Family Fun Fest"
The five activities take about an hour to complete. Some are good for the kids alone, others are great for families and groups working together. After finishing up, the park is a great place to have a barbecue by the water -- a great reward for learning a little more about this special place.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 16, 2001
In the auditorium, rangers show a variety of films about the park, including a beautifully artistic overview of what the park protects, a look at the contentious battle to create the park in the 1960s, and a glimpse into the impact of 1992's Hurricane Andrew.
Rangers offer talks and short walks daily during the winter, and intermittently the rest of the year. A calendar of special events like concerts, lectures, classes and "Family Fun Fests" is also available - call 305-230-7275 to get details, or go to their website at www.nps.gov/bisc and click on the "Activity Calendar" link. Of course, rangers and volunteers are available to answer questions every day from 8:30 until 5:00. A small bookstore has a great selection of titles for both adults and kids. The concessioner-operated gift shop next door can provide information on boat tours, dive trips and canoe rentals.
The best part about the whole visitor center? The rocking chairs on the front porch. Sit back on a quiet weekday afternoon and allow the gentle breezes blowing off Biscayne Bay caress you to sleep.
Wilton Manors, Florida