Key Largo Beaches And Parks
Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park,
Once slated to become a condominium development, this park contains one of the largest tracts of West Indian tropical hardwood hammock in the United States. The park is home to 84 protected species of plants and animals, including wild cotton, mahogany mistletoe, and the American crocodile. Exploring the
park's trails gives visitors a chance to see some of these rare species of plants and animals. Over six miles of nature trails provide a wealth of opportunities for birdwatchers and photographers. Most of the
park's trails are paved and accessible to both bicycles and wheelchairs. Signs along a self-guided nature trail provide information about the
park's ecosystem and wildlife; ranger-guided tours are also available. The main entrance, and marked nature trail at Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park, is located on Monroe County Road 905, approximately one-half mile north of CR 905's intersection with US Highway 1 at Mile Marker 106.
The Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center,
The Center is located in a natural setting alongside the Bay, where you can see the real Florida Keys. When you visit, bring your camera! You'll find plenty of healthy, wild, and beautiful birds around -- along the boardwalk, up in the trees, and down along the Bay. But the Center isn't just for the birds!! Solution holes, cap rock, & pneumatophores are all around. Minnows, crabs, and sunsets appear regularly along the bay. Bromeliads are abundant along the nature trail.
Jacobs Aquatic Center,
A three pool complex featuring a 25-meter 8-lane MYRTHA competition pool (5-7’ deep) with Colorado timing system, and contiguous diving pool (12’ 3" deep) with one 3-meter and two 1-meter diving boards, also suitable for SCUBA certification, synchronized
swimming, and water polo. A 24’x44’ ramp-accessible multipurpose MYRTHA pool (3-4’ deep) for swim classes, water aerobics, aqua therapy, and recreation. An interactive play pool/water park (12-18" deep) featuring a Pirate Ship, "spray" gym, and "beachfront" entry.
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, MM 102.5
The first underwater park in the U.S., John Pennekamp encompasses approximately 70 nautical square miles. While the mangrove swamps and tropical hammocks in the park´s upland areas offer visitors a unique experience, it is the coral reefs and their associated marine life that bring most visitors to the park. Most enjoy the view from a glass bottom boat tour, but visitors can get a closer look by scuba diving or snorkeling through the reefs. Canoeing and kayaking through the park´s waters are popular activities; fishing is permitted in designated areas. Visitors can enjoy hiking two short trails, or picnicking and swimming at the beach. The visitor center has a 30,000-gallon saltwater aquarium and theater showing nature videos. Full-facility and youth/group campgrounds are available. For boat tour information and reservations, call (305) 451-6300. Located at Mile Marker 102.5 in Key Largo.
Key Largo Community Park, MM 99.6
park featuring 6 tennis courts, walled handball court, 3
basketball courts, roller hockey rink, a half mile jogging,
walking or rollerblading track and a VITA course. Also
features Jacobs Aquatic Center.