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John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

#8 of 110 Tours in Key Largo
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Address: Mm 102 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, FL 33037
Phone Number: +1 305-451-6300
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes

A beautiful state park that features land and undersea adventures.

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Wonderful Park!

This park was well maintained and had plenty of activities for all ages! There was much wildlife, accustomed to human visitors- birds, raccoons, squirrels, and fish. The mangroves... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Eve D
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Clermont, Florida
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4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

As a Florida resident I suppose I should have been more informed about what to expect. The beaches are not great but the big draw is the coral reef. My kids are a little too young to fully appreciate it. They were disappointed because they wanted a nice beach. However we did venture out and enjoyed the water until we... More 

Thank TiffMar13
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This park was well maintained and had plenty of activities for all ages! There was much wildlife, accustomed to human visitors- birds, raccoons, squirrels, and fish. The mangroves were beautiful!

Thank Eve D
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It was so fun!! Staff was nice and helpful! The tour was great saw tons of fish. Thank you for a great visit!! We had first time snorkelers with us and they had a blast!

Thank Stacie M
Jacksonville, Florida
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a beautiful park, but depends what you're into. Great for snorkeling, kayaking, and they even have a glass bottom boat. If you're just looking for a nice beach area to sit and relax, though, this might not be the best place. There is a small beach waterside, but not huge, and the entrance into the water is kind... More 

Thank LenaHull
Atlanta, Georgia
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7 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful park. Nice small free aquarium. Pretty beaches, but wear sandals or water shoes. I like to swim, but I found the water murkey and full of sediment at both beaches. I used a snorkle mask to look around. Lots of sea grass coated with sediment, jelly fish upside down, a couple fish. I think this water is good for... More 

Thank Jnewcamp
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We went on a snorkeling excursion on a day with 6 foot waves and winds over 20 mph! They were going to cancel the trip but decided last minute to keep it because we were strong swimmers. We went to the Christ statue, which was very amazing because the water was somewhat deep around it and the openness of the... More 

Thank Adrienne L
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My daughter's and I were driving down to Key West and wanted to stop and try out the snorkeling at the park. It is easy to get to, the park is clean and very nice. The bathhouse had 5 changing rooms. The showers were outside, I guess to only rinse off... The snorkeling areas were abundant. We drove around to... More 

1 Thank jkkramer
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

No issues. Went to snorkle but staff advised that visibility was not great and it would be a waste of money. Chose kayaking and spent 2 hrs doing that. Very enjoyable. Clean and friendly

Thank Eric S
New York City, New York
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I was advised to go to Pennekamp to finish my Openwater PADI certification, and am very happy with the decision. The staff were professional, very helpful, and just all around a fun group of people! I felt very comfortable finishing my course with them and would recommend their staff and crew to anyone looking to learn more, or just go... More 

Thank LRiderNYC
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Planned to snorkel from here but the weather didn't cooperate. Snorkeled the beach for about 30 minutes. Not much to see. Was average for a $9 entrance fee. Didn't hike or do anything else here. Not sure what else there is to do here other than water tours. Price seemed reasonable.

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

The entry fee is not $9.00 per person. That charge would apply only in the case of two in the vehicle. A single occupant would incur a charge or $4.50. So the net charge you incurred was $4.50 per person, not $9.00. Most Park Visitors find it a viable option to snorkel the beach area during weather cancelled tour days.... More 

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