Though people who wear goggles in the bathtub rarely get soap in their eyes, they tend to scare rubber duckies. Get acquainted with new aquatic friends with today's Groupon to Biscayne National Underwater Park in Homestead. Choose between the following options:
- For $12, you get a 90-minute double kayak rental (a $25 value).
- For $20, you get either a glass-bottom reef adventure or a snorkel reef adventure (a $45 value).
With 95 percent of the park underwater, Biscayne National Underwater Park is a haven for all manners of seafaring species. From the vantage point of a tandem kayak in the shallows of the Biscayne Bay, guests may observe manatees and sea turtles as they pass through wild sea grasses. Dry-clean-only adventurers can enjoy eco-exploration from onboard a comfortable glass-bottomed boat. Tune in to nature's nature channel each day at either 10 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. for a boat tour that typically lasts between 2.5 and 3 hours. On the snorkel-reef adventure, flipper flappers can explore the living coral reefs outside the barrier islands and swim with sea life such as colorful fish, dolphins, and feral pool noodles. The outing includes a mask, snorkel, fins, and a flotation device (not a life preserver), and snorkelers can rent wetsuits for an additional $10 fee.
Biscayne National Underwater Park
True to its name, more than 95% of Biscayne National Underwater Park is covered by water, resulting in a submerged, verdant landscape. In the shallows of Biscayne Bay, explorers can catch sight of waving fields of underwater grass as well as the occasional manatee, sea turtle, or wild submarine. Kayaks paddle out to the more than 30 islands dotting the park’s expanse, reaching destinations such as a 1930s lighthouse. Venturing out from the shore filled with lush mangrove forests, snorkelers dive into living reefs to see fish and turtles gluing the coral together.