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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
Activities: Snorkeling, Scuba diving, Sunbathing, Hiking
Description: A beautiful state park that features land and undersea adventures.

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Snorkel tour

My husband and I went on the 4.5 hour snorkel tour this week. Captain Wade and Morgan were fabulous! We had 14 people on our tour, and were able to make 4 stops along the way... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

My husband and I went on the 4.5 hour snorkel tour this week. Captain Wade and Morgan were fabulous! We had 14 people on our tour, and were able to make 4 stops along the way. While snorkeling, we saw countless fish, barracudas, sting rays, and sharks! I would definitely recommend this tour!

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Berkley, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

The snorkeling was amazing on a coral reef about 5 miles off shore. The staff was very helpful and the park was clean and inviting.

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Manhattan Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

We spent the whole day at Pennekmap State Park. We snorkeled at the beach (not much to see), walked on the nature walks (pretty, interesting, a few birds) and we took the boat tour out to the coral reef .. .THAT was wonderful! Make your reservations early, they do fill up. Equipment is available to rent at the concession desk,... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Went to this park to take to glass bottom boat ride out to see the reef, its a 2.5 trip into the ocean so be prepared for a 45 min trip each way and about an hour in the open ocean. The day we went the waves were only 2 feet but still a very noticeable chop on the boat... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

We just spent the week in the Key Largo area. We visited the park 3 different days with nothing but positive to say. The first visit was to just check it out. The facilities are very nice, with a small aquarium, bath house, concession and gift shop. We took our snorkel gear and ended up snorkeling in a little site... More 

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Carmel, Indiana, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

This is a beautiful park & the water is so clear you can see right to the bottom of most of it. We visited on a bright sunny day & it was warm. There were swimmers at the beach although we were there just as tourists. We walked through some of the paths & it was very nice. I walked... More 

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buffalo,ny
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Found this park when searching Key Largo on TA Nice trip from Miami beach about hour and half. Went kayaking for couple hours, reasonable price they give you map to navigate, it was fun you can also get a canoe, or surf board and paddle. We took afternoon boat ride out to Coral reef in glass bottom boat. Highly recommended,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Really enjoyed my time here. My family kept our boat at the docks and it was really reasonably priced for a convenient location to the reefs. We spent most of our time diving at the beautiful reefs. Betsy, an instructor in the dive shop, was super nice and helped my boyfriend with rentals. She was very informative and gave detailed... More 

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

Thanks for the nice comments about Betsy. We insist all of our team members to patiently answer any question you might have about the Park, places to dive or recommendations for gear selection. We make no distinction between those using our services or general visitors. Appreciate the review, I'll let Betsy know! More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

We visited the park the day before we were to leave Florida; the park was great so we decided to stick around and take a snorkel trip while we were there (we're experienced scuba divers but didn't want to drag out all our gear so close to our departure). What a horrible waste of money and shame on the park... More 

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

There is extensive signage at the reservation counter regarding standing on the coral reef. Guests are told verbally when they sign up, again when they agree to in writing, yet again in the preliminary orientation by the boat captain. And of course at the snorkeling site. People from all over the world come to Key Largo for the snorkeling experience.... More 

Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

All the activities from snorkeling, kayaking, bottomless boat ride etc are top notch and definitely a must try

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