John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

Park, Campground, and Harbor / Marina
10250 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037, United States
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People tend to check in during these times:

  • Today
    • 11:00 AM–4:00 PM
  • Thu
    • 8:00 AM–9:00 AM
    • 11:00 AM–4:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
  • Sat–Sun
    • 8:00 AM–6:00 PM
  • Mon
    • 10:00 AM–4:00 PM
  • Tue
    • 8:00 AM–4:00 PM

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  • What you need to know
    Bryan T.
    Snorkeling trip to see the Jesus stature is totally worth it!(3 Tips)
    first undersea park to be created in the United States(2 Tips)
    178 nautical square miles of seagrass beds(2 Tips)
    George D.
    On mangrove trail, go right.(2 Tips)
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  • first undersea park
  • seagrass beds
  • snorkeling
  • trails
  • boat tours
  • kayaks
  • scuba diving
  • biking
  • fish
  • park
  • coral reefs
  • beach
  • aquariums
  • barracuda
  • campsites
  • grouper
  • Jered W.

    Hiking trails are lame. This park is all about the Snorkeling.

    Jered Weber · March 23
  • Veronika

    Сам парк интересен только отличными пляжами и турами на риф. Риф для Америки очень неплохой, хоть и маленький. Очень интересные кораллы и много рыб. Бронировать туры на риф лучше заранее

    Veronika · January 3
  • Brian C.

    Kayaking thru the mangroves, glassbottom boat reef and snorkel tours. Snack bar and gift shop here.

    Brian Carr · January 3
  • Jordan G.

    Kayaking trough the mangroves was an incredible experience. Go for multiple hours!

    Jordan Groseclose · November 19, 2014
  • Joe J.

    The snorkeling trip is worth every penny

    Joe Johnson · September 8, 2014
  • P. Lindsay Z.

    Trying to stay cool in this blistering heat.....

    P. Lindsay Zuluaga · August 11, 2014
  • Anya M.

    Carl was a great captain!!!

    Anya Mohan · May 5, 2014
  • Thomas W.

    Great kayaking!

    Thomas Wilson · March 22, 2014
  • Connie G.

    Fun kayaking

    Connie G. · March 13, 2014
  • Mauricio V.

    There are way better beaches than these here but a lot of other fun activities: snorkeling tours, glass bottom boat tours, kayaking. Nature trails are nice if you stop and observe.

    Mauricio Vera · March 8, 2014
  • Dan M.

    Snorkling tours go out of here, but for the record, you can also drive down the road for a broader selection. The self-snorkeling tour of sunken ships was a bit lame (sorry.)

    Dan Murphy · January 3, 2014

    One of the best places to launch a boat to get to most of the good upper keys reefs. Nice place to spend the day without having to go too far south. · October 2, 2013
  • Naomi W.

    This place sucks!

    Naomi Washington · August 17, 2013
  • Hernan V.

    Real nice park..problem with the rocks inside the water but other than that..pretty chill spot to be with the family!

    Hernan Valdez · August 12, 2013
  • melbier

    I saw a fish poop

    melbier · June 13, 2013
  • Bryan T.

    Snorkeling trip to see the Jesus stature is totally worth it!

    Bryan Tyson · May 29, 2013
  • Charlotte H.

    Snorkeling here is really nice. The beaches are very small and not so nice.

    Charlotte H · April 23, 2013
  • Christopher M.

    Very clean and modern. Snorkeling I'd a must. Watch out for the lizard!

    Christopher Molyneaux · April 22, 2013
  • Pete W.

    Surprisingly good snorkeling off Cannon Beach - grouper, angelfish, snapper

    Pete Weimann · April 14, 2013
  • Michele L.

    Great fun, be sure to reserve campsites at least 11 months in advance.

    Michele LeSure · March 31, 2013
  • Matthew L.

    Cool place to kayak!

    Matthew Lenahan · January 24, 2013
  • Kelsey G.

    Kayaking is a must do! Rent a double kayak and go for a marvelous ride in the mangrove trails :)

    Kelsey Gibbs · December 25, 2012
  • Juna ..

    Unbedingt hier tauchen gehen....oder einfach nur entlang der Mangrovenwälder. Das ist Soutflorida mit seiner einmaligen Natur!

    Juna . · December 19, 2012
  • Mery E.

    Nice panorama..amazing

    Mery Effendi · December 14, 2012

    This park comprises 178 nautical square miles of seagrass beds, coral reefs and mangrove swamps and is the first undersea park in the United States.

    HISTORY · November 12, 2012
  • Courtni W.

    Swam with the barracuda's but made it out alive!!! Soo much fun, everyone should experience snorkeling its like you're in another world down there!

    Courtni Wood · October 7, 2012
  • Jane M.

    Spring is best time if you don't like mosquitos!

    Jane Mallol Dunkelberger · September 21, 2012
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

    Check out these vintage Documerica photos taken 40 years ago. Then take a photo in the park today (in the water or on the beach) and share it with our State of the Environment Photo Project. Read more

  • Ari L.

    Nice park, but nature trails are a bit overgrown.

    Ari Litwin · August 7, 2012
  • AquaGear Swim Shop

    Snorkeling, diving, and kayaking here are striking. Seagrass abounds - providing sanctuary for stingrays, young sharks, manatees, and herons. Bring a mask, snorkel, and fins so you won't have to rent.

    AquaGear Swim Shop · July 31, 2012
  • Sean G.

    Look out for large, mysterious, dog-sized creatures crossing the road in the distance around dusk.

    Sean Gerrish · May 20, 2012
  • Natalie R.

    Beateful boardwalk

    Natalie R · April 16, 2012
  • Natalie R.

    Walk into the mangroves along the path all the way down and the water will b shallow and if u get in (bairly a foot deep) u go on this long pipe about five inches wide

    Natalie R · April 15, 2012
  • Natalie R.

    Its so fun

    Natalie R · April 15, 2012
  • Dorothy R.

    If you ride your bike admission is only $2.50!

    Dorothy Rawlinson · December 22, 2011
  • Jessica H.

    Finally snorkeling on our final day.

    Jessica Hurley · November 22, 2011
  • Keith H.

    Check out the aquarium in the visitor center. And don't forget to leave a couple bucks in the donation jar to help keep the Keys beautiful.

    Keith Hosey · November 2, 2011
  • Bailey M.

    If you want to go on Glass Bottom Boat or snorkeling het here before 3pm.

    Bailey Maxwell · August 9, 2011
  • Alison W.

    Bring bug spray and sunblock! Book your dive and snorkel trips in advance on the Pennekamp website. They are popular. If the current is good, you'll go out to the Christ of the Deep statue.

    Alison W. · July 20, 2011
  • WorldStrides

    Interesting Fun Fact: This park was the first undersea park to be created in the United States, and visitors to the park can find miles of coral reefs, seagrass beds, and mangrove swamps.

    WorldStrides · April 6, 2011
  • Lisa M.

    Blister beetles come out in swarms in March!!! Like a Hitchcock movie! Frightening!

    Lisa Monaghan-Denova · April 4, 2011
  • George D.

    On mangrove trail, go right. Pass the stupid gate for fun adventure. Backflips from observation deck are fun!

    George Dodworth · March 26, 2011
  • Lyndsey B.

    Incredible snorkeling, spectacular and warm water too! fish, barracudas, sharks, dolphins, rays!

    Lyndsey B · December 21, 2010
  • Nicholas C.

    Be sure to ask whether the aquarium is open when you come by.

    Nicholas Cottrell · May 9, 2010