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John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

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Address: 102601 Overseas Highway (MM 102.5), Key Largo, FL 33037
Phone Number:
+1 305-451-6300
08:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes

A beautiful state park that features land and undersea adventures.

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USD 198.99*
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Kayaking was a nice and relaxing

We kayaked for the first time. Price was as expected but we didn't realize we also needed to pay $9 to get into the park. Overall great experience.

Reviewed 2 days ago
Lori H
Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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8 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We kayaked for the first time. Price was as expected but we didn't realize we also needed to pay $9 to get into the park. Overall great experience.

Thank Lori H
CRPCconcession, Front Office Manager at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, responded to this review

Hi thanks, paddling on the 50 miles of mangrove trails is the fastest growing optional activity in the Park Daily reports of manatees, sharks, dolphins, crocodiles and ospreys! As for the Florida State Park entrance fees, an incredible bargain. The nine you quoted would of course be for the car and all occupants!! More 

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Tried snorkeling in the protected area at the park itself. The "beach" is very rocky and the water is very murky. Not a great snorkeling location. All other facilities of the park looked great though.

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

The focal point of the Park is the offshore reef and is evident in the name. The land based swimming areas do not remotely compare with the spectacular living coral reefs. We offer no less than 15 daily family priced snorkeling tours. There is nothing in our brochures or on our website that suggests snorkeling from shore in anyway compares... More 

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5 reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Awesome time.9 am snorkling at Christ of the Abyss statue. Great captain and mate Definitely going to go again

Thank drcarnage
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7 reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Beautiful reef, nice visibility (about 50 ft). We saw nurse sharks, barracuda,... The staff from the divers club are very nice and friendly. They spent time to assist us. That was a great experience!

Thank DJPeyote
Conway, South Carolina, United States
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Good snorkeling trip out to dry rocks , got to see Christmas of the Abyss, which was no my list. Boat crew was awesome and boat was great too. Beach wasn't much to speak of though.

Thank Shaun E
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I have snorkeled here three times now over the course of several years, and always have a great experience. It's a great value, and the park, its little beach, and the mangroves are all very scenic. I'm impressed by the very friendly and low-key staff -- they are obviously very experienced and pretty laid back; they manage to get everyone... More 

Thank tedgarfunk
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Awesome time. Great captain with Randy and 1st mate Morgan. Definitely going to go again when we bring the kids back.

Thank Elyse M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Spent time snorkling, lounging around te beach areas and kayaking aound the mangroves. Lots to do at this park. The gift shop has a lot of items to choose from. Great showers to clean up after.

Thank Stephen C
Rochester, New York
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

As others have stated this is not a great swimming location but for young kids is well protected without waves thus great for that age group. Snorkeling also requires one take the boat to the reef else will see little if anything. Kayaking is very nice thru the mangroves however. There is also a very nice walk thru aquarium and... More 

Thank farmhand2014
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Upon arrival we were warned that winds were 20mph and the waves were 1-1.5 feet high and that we needed to be good swimmers. We were told that it would be a workout. So, we were absolutely warned that the conditions were not ideal. We should have listened because the waves were definitely challenging. 4 out of the 6 people... More 

CRPCconcession, Public Relations Manager at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, responded to this review

Sorry for your experience. Yes, if conditions are marginal we call for strong swimmers. If a dive operation did not go the following day, we didn't either. We are among the most conservative in the Keys, cancelling first in the vast majority of cases. You can't compare day to day or for that matter, even hourly. Diving and snorkeling conditions... More 

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