John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is a Florida State Park located on Key Largo in Florida. It includes approximately 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 park was added to the National Register of Historic Places on April 14, 1972. The primary attractions of the park are the coral reefs (such as Molasses Reef) and their associated marine life.It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park and many more Key Largo attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Key Largo online holiday planner.
In Fiscal Year 2004 the park had more than a million visitors, making it the most popular park in the Florida State Parks system. The Florida Keys and the Flower Garden Banks in the Gulf of Mexico off the Texas coast are the only living coral reef formations in the continental United States.
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park reviews
The park was busy on a beautiful Saturday. Some parts (visitors center & trails) were closed due to COVID & hurricane damage. Kayak rental was crowded & chaotic. At the kayak area there isn't clear.... more »
What would my friends on a snorkeling trip and it was very impressive. The staff were amazing very professional very kind very happy. I was expecting it to feel more touristy and it wasn't it was great we had amazing people on the trip and everybody was calm and polite. We were taken to the protected Reef it was absolutely amazing they took us to where it was not crowded and we got to spend over an hour and a half in the water which was fantastic. We had an amazing day it was very impressive I highly recommend this to anybody :-) thank you everyone that does the trips you do an amazing job
We stayed here while we explored the Keys. It was beautiful, clean, and convenient! There are boat ramps, excursions, a museum, campground, and so much more! Be prepared though; throughout southern Florida they have an insect that is like a mosquito but it leaves small blisters instead. Just make sure the bug spray is handy. Definitely would recommend!
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