The Florida Keys also provides plenty to do on shore. You can make outings to Harry Harris Park or the Jacobs Aquatic Center, or visit Dolphins Plus or Dolphin Cove where you can swim with these friendly and highly intelligent mammals. Take an airboat tour of the Everglades or an ecology tour around the neighborhood. Stop in the local wild bird sanctuary, visit an alligator farm close by, rent a houseboat or take a glass bottom boat ride. The fun never stops
JOHN PENNEKAMP CORAL REEF STATE PARK
Established in 1963, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park was the first undersea park created in the United States. The park, combined with the adjacent Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, encompasses 178 nautical square miles of coral reefs, sea grass beds and mangrove swamps. These areas were established to protect and preserve the only living coral reef in the continental United States. Activities include diving, snorkeling, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, fishing, picnicking and camping. Coral Reef State Park now enjoys over a million visitors per year from around the world.
JACOB'S AQUATIC CENTER (SWIMMING POOL) & KEY LARGO COMMUNITY PARK
For freshwater lovers, the Jacob's Aquatic Center is within walking distance of The Pelican. There is a small family fee per day. It is located in the Key Largo Community Park which also has tennis courts, racquetball, volleyball, basketball courts, a soccer field, and running track. This is Key Largo's Family Park and is located less than 1/2 mile north on the ocean side.