John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Key Largo

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John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is a Florida State Park located on Key Largo in Florida, and includes approximately 70 nautical square miles (240 kmĀ²) of adjacent Atlantic Ocean waters. 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.
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.
Plans to designate the reefs off Key Largo for a park started in the 1930s. The state-sanctioned, Everglades National Park Commission proposed a national park for the Everglades, including the reefs off Key Largo. Opposition from property owners, outdoors men, and Monroe County Commissioners stopped the plan. When Everglades National Park was created in 1947, the boundaries did not include Key Largo or any of the reefs.
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  • Perfect. My two adult daughters and I loved it. All of us had snorkeled before. This trip was the best. Clear water. Lots of fish. Helpful staff. Very acceptable equipment.  more »
  • We did the boat ride later in the day in January and had a great time. The best part was the dolphins swam with the boat for several miles about halfway through the trip. Very cool. Well worth it.  more »
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  • 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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