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John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

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Address: Mm 102 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, FL 33037
Phone Number: +1 305-451-6300
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
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A beautiful state park that features land and undersea adventures.

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We spent a day kayaking the mangrove waterways with our 12,11,10 year olds. We wanted to do reef snorkeling but the winds were too high. The 2 young dudes at the kayak launch were... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
James M
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Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We spent a day kayaking the mangrove waterways with our 12,11,10 year olds. We wanted to do reef snorkeling but the winds were too high. The 2 young dudes at the kayak launch were excellent!

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Philadelphia
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

While most of the fun at Pennekamp is underwater- fantastic reefs. This time around I went with my 11 year old and rented a kayak to tool around the mangroves in. Little pathways through mangrove trees clear water- just a really really cool way to spend part of the day. Didn't get a chance to see if the snorkeling was... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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308 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 254 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

There is a lot to do at this state park on Key Largo that covers approximately 70 nautical square miles. Admission fee is $8.50 per vehicle. On shore, there is a Visitor Center (8am-5pm) with a 30,000 gallon saltwater aquarium and a theater showing nature videos. Outside there are beach areas with shallow water for swimming and snorkeling, picnic tables,... More 

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Stony Brook, New York
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28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went to this park based on the recommendation of a friend. The entrance fee was minimal. Once in the Park there is a small aquarium which was very well cared for. There were all sorts of native fish for viewing and a lion fish which is now considered an invasive species. We opted to rent a kayak and travel... More 

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Sanibel Island, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Nice park with great facilities. Not really a sandy beach so bring water sandals for entering water! We snorkeled right off the beach and there are submerged cannons very close to beach. Didn't see a lot of fish, but still a great plac for beginners to get comfortable!

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Thank Kathy S
Lakeville, Minnesota
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36 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped by the Pennekamp state park and enjoyed the very informative Visitor Center and the beach. Wear water shoes if you have them because the rocks are sharp and painful on northern feet not used to being barefoot this time of year. There are nice picnic shelters if you feel like packing a lunch.

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Thank Wally_G_Minneapolis
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is the place to camp for a Christ of The Abyss tour. We rented a 16 ft center console boat. Close to all the attractions in Key Largo. Camp sites are fairly open to everyone coming in the park. The rates are not a bargain but there is a lot to do.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Beautiful state park. Several small beaches with snorkeling opportunity right off the beach. Three easy, short trails (mangrove currently closed.) concessions for glass bottom boat tour of the reef (five miles off shore), snorkeling trips, kayaks, etc. nice refreshment stand with reasonable prices. Admission $9 for two.

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Bridgewater, Canada
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Basically it is a park built for tours of one kind or another...went on the glass bottom boat tour after realizing that the kids can not do the snorkel tour unless they are expert swimmers....

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CRPCconcession, Public Relations Manager at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, responded to this review

No, we do not require "expert swimmers" for our snorkeling tours. We welcome any age. When snorkeling conditions are not ideal, a disclaimer on posted at the reservation counter. Depending on the severity it will read-"no children", "no beginners" or "experienced snorkelers only" These disclaimers are for your safety. We have never restricted anyone from our tours. Wishing you better... More 

Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, United States
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37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We stopped here on a cold and windy Saturday afternoon, and walked an interesting nature trail, as well as stopped in the visitor center. They have several very well maintained aquariums, with explanations of various local conditions. While you can snorkel off a couple of the beaches, the snorkeling trail for which the park is named is several miles offshore,... More 

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