Fodor's Expert Review Dante Fascell Visitor Center
Go outside on the wide veranda to soak up views across mangroves and Biscayne Bay at this Convoy Point visitor center, which opened in 2002. Inside the museum, artistic vignettes and on-request videos including the 11-minute Spectrum of Life explore the park's four ecosystems, while the Touch Table gives both kids and adults a feel for bones, feathers, and coral. Facilities include the park's canoe and tour concession, restrooms with showers, a ranger information area, gift shop with books, and vending machines. Various ranger programs take place daily during busy fall and winter seasons. Rangers give informal tours on Boca Chita key, but these must be arranged in advance. A short trail and boardwalk lead to a jetty, and there are picnic tables and grills. This is the only area of the park accessible without a boat. You can snorkel from shore, but the water is shallow, with sea grass and a mud bottom.