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Florida’s Pennekamp Underwater Park Turns 50

Posted on Friday, January 7th, 2011 at 10:01 am by
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In the late 1950s, researchers and conservationists realized that with heightened tourism and coral collection, our reefs were in real danger. It was then that the movement began to work on creating Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, a “safe space” that was protected by legislature. In 1963 the land base of the park opened to the public, but the reef had been explored for decades before that.

The reef can be seen via snorkeling, scuba diving, and glass bottom boat tours. Only a 60 mile drive from Miami makes Pennekamp Park a quick day trip and the journey down U.S. 1 is a chance to get a feel for what Florida’s early travelers must have experienced during their train rides south.

If you happen to find yourself in the area be sure to pay tribute to one of our best kept reef parks. If you’re not into the underwater scene, there are plenty of attractions to keep a land-bound guest happy. Three nature trails, a 30,000 gallon aquarium, exhibits, and a theatre. There is something for everyone to explore.

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