If you visit the Florida keys, especially Key Largo, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park should be on your itinerary. The park entrance fee is stiff--$4.50 per person per day, not per car, even if you drive in. Far more expensive than a national park, but worth every penny. The glass bottom boat tour, run 3 times per day, is a must. Each tour runs 2.5 hours at 9:15, 12:15 and 3:15 (please check with the park for daily departure). The boat goes through the waterways surrounded by mangrove forests--the water is always calm there. Then the boat speeds up in the open to coral reef and then slows down for viewing from the glass bottom. Narration is excellent.
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