Getting lost in the mangroves in Biscayne National Park is quite easy to do. Luckily for us, we did not. This time we stayed on the path and enjoyed the scenery and watching the kids find wildlife. You don’t have to look far or hard in this national park because there is always something to see. A baby lizard is climbing the mangrove tree while the venomous Red Lionfish stares us down from behind the glass wall of its tank.
The views are breathtaking. The park is 95% water so come prepared to kayak, canoe, use your boat, and/or snorkel/scuba. The water is clear but the water this day was a little choppy. We stayed on land because it would have been too much for the girls to not freak out with the waves. It was a bummer but we had a lot of fun without kayaking out to snorkel.
It was peaceful. Only a few others were there and they were fishing. We hiked around and through the mangrove trees and stumbled upon interesting animals that we had to photograph. This bird was too far out for me to figure out exactly what he was but he loved that perch. His silhouette seemed eerily perfect with the Turkey Point Nuclear Generating Station in the background.
Along the path we came across a friendly hermit crab that didn’t mind be recorded. Even a dead fish washed ashore. His teeth were seriously creepy.
After we hiked as far down the island as we could, we turned around and went to the marina. We were told that manatees usually hang out near the boats, but we didn’t see any. We did get some cool videos of the school of fish splashing in the water.
Inside the visitor’s center we were allowed to touch almost everything. This was one of the better visitor centers for kids I have been to. That shark’s jaw was huge. Bubba’s upper body and head fit completely inside of it. Scary. My bees aren’t always in my photos. But amazingly, they made it in to one. Bubba is carrying their Junior Ranger completed booklets so they can earn their Biscayne National Park badge.
I didn’t know that a nuclear power plant was next to a beautiful national park. What’s even more scary is it could be another Fukushima Daiichi, Japan disaster. When I was googling the name of the plant, I ran across these two articles- 1:Five Reasons Turkey Point Could Be The Next Nuclear Disaster, 2011 and 2: Florida Power & Light Cooling Canals at Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant Still Too Hot, 2014. I don’t know about you but sometimes these things get overlooked and disasters do happen. I am just hoping that they keep it maintained for the safety of the Miami population and for the diverse ecosystems living literally next door.