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Biscayne National Park

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Designation National Park
Location Florida USA
Nearest City Miami, Florida
Coordinates Template:Coor dm
Area 172,924 acres
699.80 km²
Date of establishment June 28, 1980
Visitation 539,307 (2003)
Governing body National Park Service
IUCN category II (National Park)

Biscayne National Park is a U.S. National Park located in southern Florida. The park preserves Biscayne Bay, one of the top scuba diving areas in the United States. Ninety-five percent of the park is water. In addition, the shore of the bay is the location of an extensive mangrove forest. The park covers 207 mi˛ (700 km˛).

Elliott Key, the park's largest island, is considered the first of the true Florida Keys being formed from coral reef. The islands farther north in the park are transitional islands of coral and sand.

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History

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Attractions

The major attraction of the park is scuba diving or snorkeling on the coral reef inside the bay. It is also possible to take a glass-bottom boat tour of the bay, or rent kayaks to explore the bay and the islands (Florida Keys) in it.


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