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John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

Address: 1025601 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, FL 33037
Phone Number: 305-451-6300
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Ranked #26 of 91 Activities in Key Largo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Beaches, National Parks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, State Parks, Reefs, Sightseeing Tours, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks
Activities: Snorkeling, Scuba diving, Sunbathing, Hiking
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: A beautiful state park that features land and undersea adventures.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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Type: Beaches, National Parks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, State Parks, Reefs, Sightseeing Tours, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks
Activities: Snorkeling, Scuba diving, Sunbathing, Hiking
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: A beautiful state park that features land and undersea adventures.
Useful Information: Activities for older children

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Hallock, Minnesota, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

This is a great park--snorkeling was wonderful. An experience that we will remember! Staff on the boat was welcoming, friendly, and helpful! Loved it!

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Kissimmee, Florida
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27 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

We went for the glass bottom boat tour. Unfortunately the day we went the ocean was very rough so we did not get to see much of the coral reef or the fish through the glass bottom do to sea sickness. The staff was very informative about the reef and very helpful with providing suggestions on how to make the... More 

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manchester
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44 reviews 44 reviews
15 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

If only I'd had more time to stay here. We arrived at half 8 and sat at the tranquil water front with a drink from the cafe. We walked round the aquarium which was really interesting. The boat tours looked amazing and there were plenty of other water sports available. There were good walks and this would be s perfect... More 

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Phoenix
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

We were disappointed by the small area to snorkel within the park itself. The area is very small and the water was so murky you could only see about 3-4 ft. Didn't see any fish or marine life at all. I'm sure if you booked a boat trip to go out to the reef, snorkeling would have been a lot... More 

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Porter, Indiana
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48 reviews 48 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

We were here 10 years ago and the beach is still quite nice. This time we returned the next day to take the glass bottom boat tour out to the reef.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

it would have been great if not for the winds! make sure you go when the seas are calmer. we saw less sea creatures at the bottom and the sea was rough!

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Upstate New York
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

We went twice in our three day vacation on Key Largo. The first time for the visitor's center with aquarium and film, and hiking. The second time we rented kayaks and explored the mangroves then went to the beach. In the past, we have also taken the glass-bottomed boat trip. We are definitely "state park" people and Pennecamp does not... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Skip the commercial outfitters and head to John Pennekamp SP. We wandered the beautiful mangroves in a kayak (challenging our water-map reading skills). The 2.5 hours trip in the glass-bottom boat was very educational; the guides pointed out the many forms of marine life on the reef. This trip is probably not recommended for those prone to motion sickness, as... More 

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Aurora, Illinois
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

Lots to choose from here. We went on the Glass Bottom Boat excursion. Unfortunately I experienced seasickness - the crew was attentive and helpful to all of this that had this problem. Seas were a little choppy. My husband enjoyed the marine life. We enjoyed the trails; tree species well marked. Museum very interesting.

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White Bear Lake, Minnesota
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

Pretty little beaches with kayaks and snorkeling available for rent. This really is the Real Florida.

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