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John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

#9 of 114 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Key Largo Features Animals
102601 Overseas Highway (MM 102.5), Key Largo, FL 33037
+1 305-451-6300
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A beautiful state park that features land and undersea adventures.
  • Excellent59%
  • Very good27%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 08:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
102601 Overseas Highway (MM 102.5), Key Largo, FL 33037
+1 305-451-6300
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Reviewed today

We booked to go on the glass-bottomed boat at John Pennekamp Coral Reef SP. We chose the first trip out in the morning and set off down the river towards open sea. The crew were really good at explaining what was happening, making sure everyone...More

Thank Marianne H
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

One of the best spots to snorkel or dive in the Florida Keys. We are here at least once a year and always discover something new.

Thank Dr_jb712
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Had a great time with the whole group snorkeling thanks to Morgan and Brian. Despite rough seas limiting where we could go they made sure to put us on the right spots all morning. Also extra shout out to Morgan for helping me with some...More

Thank Stuart W
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We went there to snorkel and we had a great time. People is really nice and the place is beautiful. It has a lot activities yo enjoy

Thank Rene R
Reviewed 2 days ago

Located on Key Largo and in the Atlantic Ocean, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park was the first underwater park in the United States and is now encompassed the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and added to the National Register of Historic Places on April...More

3  Thank angie1966d
CRPCconcession, Owner at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Many thanks, could not have said it better. Randy and Mary Concession owners

Reviewed 3 days ago

My husband, daughter and I did the 2-1/2 hour snorkel excursion. We had captain Jorge and first mate Stephanie. They were great. Stephanie was so helpful and reassuring in answering any questions anyone might have had. She also provided a brief lesson and tips for...More

Thank lserpaaz
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Snorkeling closed due to high winds. Bay water mucky and rocky. No beach. Basic state park. Pay $10 for parking- pricey.More

Thank Sandy S
CRPCconcession, Front Office Manager at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

The focal point of the Park is the offshore reefs, not the beach. If weather doesn't permit us conduct tours, we simply cancel for the day. Many visitors find alternatives in paddleboarding, kayaking, and swimming, trail hiking. The Park's three beaches have well over 500...More

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is a nice park, got there early to enjoy some sun before clouds rolled in. Was Father's Day and got really packed. My husband tried snorkeling but visibility was low due to storm. The main beach by the store is small, everyone was kinda...More

Thank Zonicle
Reviewed 3 days ago

We recently visited John Pennekamp State Park. You have to pay to get in. While there, we decided to ride the Glass bottom boat out to the reefs. It was a beautiful ride. Once there, everyone squeezed into the bottom of the boat to look...More

Thank mommasunset
Reviewed 3 days ago

Had to take a break from fishing so I decided a day snorkeling would be fun. They have several trips to choose from and we decided the 2 1/2 hour trip would be good for us. $30 a person is a fair price. Headed out...More

Thank Frank G
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How is the weather in Feb? Is the water warm enough to snorkel and can you tell me more about kayaking there please?
2 June 2017|
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Response from Kellyant | Reviewed this property |
Never been there in Feb so I'm not sure. JP has lots of mangroves to go kayaking and they also have rentals
If we have our own snorkel gear, can we just go out on our own from shore, or would we want to get on a boat to reach the reef?
19 March 2017|
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Response from Mayandollar | Reviewed this property |
We snorkelled from shore and swam out to the submerged wreck and saw a ton of fish sharks and rays. Boat snorkeling probably awesome! Molasses reef is gorgeous