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John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

1025601 Overseas Highway, 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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West Malling, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

We visited in early August and whilst it was too hot to really enjoy the park, the glass bottom boat trip to the reef is fantastic. I also recommend the snorkelling trip to the reef. The underwater views are fantastic - I went on the shorter trip which gave about an hour in the water. They operate a longer trip... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

I have been going to Pennekamp since before I remember. The park is nice with kayak rentals and a submerged ship off the beach, but the snorkeling tour is where it's at. If you are new to snorkeling or have done it all your life, you will have a great time. The staff is friendly and helpful, and they certainly... More

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Coral Springs, Florida
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161 reviews 161 reviews
46 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

Encompass's 70 square miles, tropical hammocks among the mangrove swamps, in land areas. Their is fishing, swimming, and beach wheelchairs. This is the first US park under the sea. A lot of people visit to scuba, snorkel, kayaking, canoeing, glass bottom boats. The coral reefs, and "Marine Life" is the main attraction. They have a 30,000 gallon saltwater aquarium (closed... More

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Collinsville, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

This park provides nice camping facilities, and a beautiful beach! The hub of the park has a great general store and boat trips to the beautiful coral reef. You can take the glass bottom boat, or, you can take an all day snorkeling trip to the reef. Kayaks are available, and there are activities for children. This is a nice... More

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Boca Raton, Florida, USA
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

My wife and I went to snorkel and had a great experience, they give you tips on how to snorkel. The boat was on time and safe and gave you plenty of time to snorkel. We had a fund time and I would go again.

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Seattle, Washington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Beautiful area for pictures especially in the morning. Went out on the glass bottom boat to the reef. It was a great time! Saw several sea turtles and dolphin swimming by. Nice relaxing trip

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

This is a great boat trip out to a coral reef.There is plenty of time spent over the reef so that you have time to really see all the different fish and corals.I don't dive so this was the next best thing.I had always wanted to see a reef and this was just perfect.

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Akron, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Unfortunately, the Visitors center and aquarium were closed for repairs. But they still charged you 9 bucks a day to drive into the park. Anyway, the concessionaires were doing great business as usual and we knew we had to take the Glass Bottomed boat ride out to the reef. The wife doesn't get sea sick but I have been known... More

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Winter Haven, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We reserved a spot on our way to Islamorada for our class c camper. It was very nice and clean. We had one of our family pets and our 12 year old daughter. We did the snorkel trip to the reef. It was ok, I expected more. We saw a few fish and the underwater statue. We also rented paddle... More

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

If you are heading through the Keys, and you love the beach, the water, and the outdoors, a stop here is a must. Whether you are a new swimmer or a seasoned diver, there is something for everyone to see. You can bring your own gear or rent it there. From shore, you have three different beaches to swim and... More

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