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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
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
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A beautiful state park that features land and undersea adventures.

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Glass Bottom Boat trip is Great!!

Where else can you take a 2 1/2 hour boat trip for $24? The boat is good sized, with 2 levels, and plenty of room to spread out. Travel time to and from the reef was very... read more

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Fort Myers, United States
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Fort Myers, United States
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Where else can you take a 2 1/2 hour boat trip for $24? The boat is good sized, with 2 levels, and plenty of room to spread out. Travel time to and from the reef was very enjoyable on the outside top deck. The breeze, the views, the sunshine- all made for a fun time. If you tend to get... More 

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cullman, al
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56 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The park has beautiful greenery, and is located in an area easy to get to. We visited both of the public beach area, and just weren't very impressed. It is very rocky, so take water shoes if visiting. We snorkeled out to the Spanish shipwreck just off of cannon beach and it was interesting. It was too windy to kayak,... More 

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CRPCconcession, Director of Sales at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Yes the beaches are rocky as they are man made like most in the Keys. The beach at the Park has close to 500 reviews on this page. "not much to do" is a bit puzzling as we offer a vast array of "things to do". Many Park Visitors spend three and four days enjoying... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The weather was perfect and seas were calm the day we took the snorkeling tour, which for us was the highlight of our trip to the keys. We were able to see the famous "Christ of the Abyss" along with a beautifully diverse reef. I haven't snorkeled deep water for many years, so the inflatable vest and the refresher snorkeling... More 

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Took the 2 1/2 hour snorkeling trip and had a wonderful time. Nice boat, equipment, and ride. The staff at the front desk was unpleasant and just plain mean, unfortunately.

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CRPCconcession, Owner at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, responded to this review

Thanks for the review. If you find a staff member to be unpleasant, they should be reported to the shift manager. They have name tags. Looking forward to a wonderful, warm summer at the Park, hope you can join us! Randy and Mary Concession Owners More 

Coral Gables, Florida
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64 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a beautiful park in Key Largo. The entire family can enjoy a day at the park. You can visit the aquarium, take a tour (scuba, snorkeling, or glass bottom). The glass bottom boat tour is great. The commentary is great and all the employees are very nice and knowledgeable. You can also spend time in one of the... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Although coral reef snorkling was not possible due to wind we had a great day at the park. We went canoing and had a fabulous time. Good explination and friendly at desk. Staff who helped pick the canoo could be more into their job. Afterwards snorkling near the beach: awsome!

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Oxford, MS
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We usually visit Pennekamp when in the area for one of their snorkeling tours. This trip was not quite as good. Weather didn't cooperate with choppy seas and high winds. The area they took us to this time was also not one of the best coral areas and didn't seem to have as much wildlife. Still the crew was very... More 

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is the best place on Earth to learn to Dive due to the outstanding staff. Even before you arrive, Renee or Betsy will help you with everything you need for your first dives. The instructor I had was Brian and he was incredibly knowledgeable and infinitely patient with me. I am a returning diver in my fifties and after... More 

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CRPCconcession, Owner at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, responded to this review

Hi and many thanks! I believe we have assembled the best diving staff ever at the Park. Kudo's to the entire Diving Staff for their professionalism and personal attention for our diving guests. Looking forward a long summer here at the Park, Scuba Diving at it's finest. See you soon? Thanks! Randy and Mary Concession owners More 

Hadley, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We visited this park for three days. The first day we spent snorkeling in the bay. There were picnic tables set up under some trees so we could get out of the sun and showers on the boardwalk to the restrooms. Warm water and decent visibility- and strong sun. We opted to take the glass bottom boat tour of Molasses... More 

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CRPCconcession, Owner at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, responded to this review

Wow! Thanks for the fantastic review. Many Park visitors use up the better part of the week enjoying the vast recreational options we have at Pennekamp. As for Kayak rentals and self-guided tours you do not need a guide. We have no less than seven charts designed for your personal preferences according to time allotment, paddling skills and of course... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We went snorkeling trip and the site that was available was the Christ of the Abyss. Apparently, if the ocean currents aren't right they aren't able to take you there. This might be because we were only on the 2 1/2 hour snorkeling trip. Our boat Captain, Sara and Leah? were wonderful. They made the trip extremely enjoyable.

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