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Crandon Park Visitors & Nature Center

Crandon Park Visitors & Nature Center is located on the breathtaking barrier island of Key Biscayne, with the Atlantic Ocean on the east side and Biscayne Bay to the west.

Come and explore the various ecosystems of the Key including the dunes, mangroves, and coastal hammock and seagrass beds; and observe herons, ospreys and many brilliantly colored butterflies. The Island of Key Biscayne is also home to rare and beautiful plants like the beach peanut, Biscayne prickly ash and the coontie. It is an important nesting and feeding ground for migrating songbirds, hawks and sea turtles. Seagrass beds provide a home for mangrove snapper, parrotfish, crabs, shrimp, sea stars and puffer fish.

The Crandon Park Visitors and Nature Center is your gateway to the Bear Cut Preserve, a 264-acre natural barrier island habitat located on the northern tip of Key Biscayne. Visit the center's exhibit room and aquariums with different recreated underwater habitats.

Self-guided nature trails are available with trail brochures at the Nature Center. The Bear Cut Preserve located in Crandon Park is a designated natural Environment Study Area and serves as a window to the wilderness that was once South Florida. Miami-Dade Parks' naturalists guide visitors through the Preserve to explore the hammock, ocean and beach communities and see the amazing animals and plants that inhabit South Florida.

At this Nature Center you can enjoy:

  • guided tours
  • mangrove boardwalk to a fossilized reef overlook
  • kayak rentals
  • tram tours of Bear Cut Preserve
  • bird and butterfly walks
  • historical nature walks
  • field trip opportunities
  • cabana and shelter rentals

Call 305-361-6767, ext. 112 for more information.

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