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John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

1025601 Overseas Highway, Mile Marker 102.5, Key Largo, FL 33037
305-451-6300
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As featured in Daytrips from Miami and 1 other guide
Ranked #10 of 22 attractions in Key Largo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks, National Parks, Beaches, Reefs, Parks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Tours
Activities: Snorkeling, Scuba diving, Sunbathing, Hiking
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Traveler Description: Key Largo is a beautiful town known for its diving and snorkeling industry.  It's the top most of the Florida Keys and home to some of the world's... more »
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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Royal Oak, Michigan
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

John Pennekamp State Park is best enjoyed with reservations for snorkeling, diving, the glass bottom boat, or other water sport. Just showing up and expecting to hang out on the beach is a recipe for disappointment. Since I had already gone diving with the fantastic Rainbow Reef dive outfit, and my family does not dive, we headed out to Pennekamp... More

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3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Super fun day! Glass bottom boat trip was fantastic! We saw turtles, rays, lots of fish and coral. Snorkeling trip was AMAZING! Comparable to snorkeling in Cozumel. Lots of fish and brightly colored coral. The Christ of the Abyss statue was both inspiring and timeless. The sunlight shining through the water on the statue was beautiful. Richard and Brigid were... More

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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

It costs $10 to enter the park (that's for a party of 4). The staff were friendly and there are plenty of activities available to enjoy. Lots of seating and beach areas. waters were crystal clear. And there are (free) showers available for cleaning up before heading home. We went on the the glass bottom boat trip; $24+TAX (adults) each... More

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Parsippany, New Jersey
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33 reviews 33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

You see the word "great" in a lot of the reviews left for this park and the word is not overused. This is a gem and absolutely an unforgettable experience. I recommend taking the snorkeling option rather than viewing the coral from above in a glass-bottom boat. Being down in the water with these incredible plants and fish is special... More

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Fort Myers, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Hoped to find more exciting "off the beach" snorkeling, but it is what it is. The pictures in my own mind of this well-known park were much more "snorkling 101" friendly than in actuality.

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Just make sure you make a reservation! I went snorkeling with my 6 and 9 years old sons, it was fabulous. The crew on the boat was helpful and very good with the kids!

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Tampa, Florida
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24 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

This is a trip I've been waiting for years and it was more amazing then I imagined.My girlfriend put together the snorkeling trip and it was awesome.Make sure to reserve a spot in advance,the trip fills up fast.Do the 4 1/2 hour trip and it will take you to 3 different spots.We saw so many different fish I couldnt even... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Awesome time! Got to see loads of fish, a nurse shark and a sea turtle! Tour was about 2.5 hours. Would definitely do it again!

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Irvi
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3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

Had such a lovely day here. The park was nice and there were lots of fun activities. The glass bottom boat trip is a great experience and the staff are both friendly and informative. Would definitely go back!

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Florida Panhandle, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Great Dive! Do not pass up the opportunity to view this state park from an underwater vantage! It is the best!

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