The Visitor Center is a large complex that introduces visitors to the various habitats of the park and America's first underwater park. The center is found at the northern tip to Largo Sound. The cornerstone of the center is a 30,000-gallon saltwater aquarium. Unique marine sights include sponges, fan corals, brain corals, parrot fish, conchs, sea horses and more. The coral reefs at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park are among the most beautiful and diverse of all living communities showcased through audio-visual programs, nature talks, and variety of tours.
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John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
Next to the center is a picnic grove, Cannon Beach, and a main concession that sells tour tickets, a sundry of supplies, rents paddleboats, and more.
Far Beach is located just moments away offering a quieter beach experience than Cannon Beach. The Mangrove Boardwalk Trail can be accessed from this parking lot. Fishing and camping are natural additions; advance reservations are necessary at this busy park.
Directions from Key Largo, FL: The entrance to the park is located on the south side of U.S. Highway 1 at mile marker 102.5 at the north end of Key Largo. After entering the park, enter the first parking lot on your left.