John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

The first undersea park in the United States, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park encompasses approximately 70 nautical square miles. While the mangrove swamps and tropical hammocks in the park's upland areas offer visitors a unique experience, it is the coral reefs and their associated marine life that bring most visitors to the park. Many enjoy the view of the reef from a glass-bottom boat tour, but visitors can get a 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 enjoy walking on short trails, picnicking, or swimming at the beach. The Visitor Center has a 30,000-gallon saltwater aquarium and nature videos are shown in its theater. Full-facility and Youth/Group campsites are available. Beach wheelchairs are available without cost.

Amenities

Activities

Birding, Boating, Camping, Canoeing, Kayaking, Scuba Charters, Scuba/Diving, Scuba/Diving, Snorkeling, Snorkeling Charters, Swimming, Water Recreation

Amenities

Baby-changing station, Boat Dock, Boat Ramp, Bus Parking, Concessions, Covered Pavilion, Food/Beverage Service, Gift Shop, Grills, Parking, Picnic Area, Picnic Shelter, Playground, Restrooms, Vending machines

Average Visit Time

1 - 2 hours, 2 - 3 hours, Full day, Half day, Less than 1 hour, Multi-day

Disabled Traveler Information

ADA Compliant, ADA Picnic Tables, Beach Wheelchair, Disability Accessible, Handicapped Parking, Raised Grills, Raised Toilets, Ramps, Roll-aboard Boats, Roll-aboard Boats, Roll-aboard Boats, Roll-under Sinks, Wheelchair Tie-downs on Boats, Wheelchair Tie-downs on Boats, Wheelchair Tie-downs on Boats, Wheelchair-friendly

Discount

Group Discount

Guest Information

Family Friendly

Hours of Operation

Dates closed: none, Hours: 8 a.m. - sunset, Open Year-Round

Payment Options

American Express, Cash, Discover, MasterCard, Personal Checks, Travelers Checks, Visa