Biscayne National Park

Established June 28th 1980

A Watery Wonderland

Biscayne National Park, located just a few miles from the city of Miami in south Florida's Miami-Dade County, covers 172,971 acres and is home to many endangered species, including the West Indian manatee, American crocodile, and Schaus swallowtail butterfly. The park is located along the southeastern margin of the Florida peninsula and encompasses much of Biscayne Bay, making it one of the largest marine parks in the National Park System.

Human History of the Park

Although Biscayne National Park was established for its natural history, signs of people and the many ways they have used these lands and waters is everywhere. Nearly every island in the park has evidence of use by native peoples. Underwater, shipwrecks rest as silent witnesses to one violent moment in time, each holding the promise of teaching us about our collective past. Now humans impact the Biscayne National Park greatly by receiving data from the fish and restoring the coral reefs and protecting the sealife that resides there. Due to monitoring the fish and other sea animals that live there they have been able to balance the polulation of animals and plants.



The park’s fragile resources, heavy visitation, and location on the periphery of the big, rapidly growing Miami-Dade County metro complex make it one of our most vulnerable parks. It also has been heavily impacted by chronic overfishing, boating accidents, disruption of natural water flow, pollution, and adjacent land-use activities.


To help the Biscayne National Park visitors need to be aware of the animals and their saftey as well as keeping the park cleaning and making sure to throw away their trash.