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Biscayne National Park

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Categories: Attraction, Park, Day trip

Features: Boat ramp, Camp sites, Canoe/kayak trails, Fishing allowed, Grills, Guided tours, Hiking trails, Kid-friendly, National parks, Picnic shelters

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Biscayne National Park lies a few miles south of Miami. On weekends, the park’s two main keys, Boca Chita and Elliott, fill with pleasure boaters trying to escape the hustle and bustle of one of Florida’s largest cities. The bay, while not deep, is exceptionally clear. On a sunny day, you can see sponges and a variety of subtropical fish as they dart among the sea grasses.

Powerboaters, sailors and paddlers can dock and/or camp at both Boca Chita and Elliott keys, fish the relatively sheltered waters of the bay when it is rough or venture to the offshore reefs when it is calm. There are 173,000 acres of watery wilderness to explore.

But there are also walking trails, camping sites and picnic areas for those who don't have a boat.

Read outdoors editor Terry Tomalin's experiences at the park.

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