John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park


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John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park


Location:At Mile Marker 102.5 in Key Largo.
Facilities:47 full-facility campsites (for tents and RV campers), youth camping area (available for organized youth or adult groups), picnic areas, pavilions, playground, trails, beaches, showers, restrooms, food concession, deep-water boat ramp, boat rentals, dive shop, visitor center.
Activities:Camping, boating, canoeing, saltwater fishing, swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, hiking, boat tours, snorkeling excursions, scuba lessons and tours, wildlife viewing.
Special Features:The first underwater state park in the United States, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park covers approximately 70 nautical square miles. Visitors can enjoy the coral reefs and their associated marine life by scuba diving or snorkeling, or they can view the reefs from a glass-bottom boat. In addition, the visitor center has a 30,000-gallon saltwater aquarium and a theater showing nature videos.
Address:PO Box 487
Key Largo, FL 33037

Phone:305-451-1202
Web: www.floridastateparks.org/pennekamp
Size: 3,169 acres land, 60,667 acres water.

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