After enjoying a weekend of celebrating REEF's marine conservation work, REEF Fest attendees are invited to see firsthand how organizations in the Florida Keys are working to protect our local flora and fauna. On Sunday, October 16, start your day with a guided walking tour of a local trail at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park led by a volunteer naturalist. After the tour, attendees can choose to then take a scenic drive down U.S. 1 to visit our partner organizations listed below. Overseas Highway is filled with hidden gems and plenty of places to explore, and we encourage you to download the Florida Keys & Key West App to see even more options to explore.
Butterfly Garden Tour at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
Hours: Park is open 8 am to sunset. Meet at 9:30 am for walking tour; tour will start at 10 am.
Park entrance fees apply.
Established in 1960, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park was the first undersea park in the United States. The park, and the adjacent Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, cover approximately 178 nautical square miles of coral reefs, seagrass beds and mangrove swamps. These areas were established to protect and preserve a portion of the only living coral reef in the continental United States. The park contains a wide variety of tropical vegetation, shore birds and marine life. Learn more about the tropical hammock habitat during a walking tour of one of the park's trails led by a local volunteer naturalist. Coffee and pastries will be served beginning at 9:30 am at the butterfly garden by the Visitors Center & Aquarium.
Self-Guided Conservation Activities
Address: 5 Seagate Blvd. Key Largo, FL 33037
Coral Restoration Foundation™ (CRF™) is a non-profit marine conservation organization dedicated to restoring reefs to a healthy state in Florida and globally. Through large-scale cultivation, outplanting and monitoring of genetically diverse corals, CRF™ works to support the reefs’ natural recovery processes. CRF engages and empowers others in their mission with dive programs, educational activities, scientific collaborations, and community outreach.
Address: 82990 Overseas Hwy. Islamorada, FL 33036
Hours: 10am - 5pm
Dive into the History of Diving Museum, located in Islamorada at MM 83! Divers and non-divers alike will be amazed by over 4,000 years of “the quest to explore under the sea.” Enjoy fun for the whole family through special scavenger hunts and interactive exhibits. Visit DivingMuseum.org to find out more, become a member or shop at the Museum Store.
Address: 93600 Overseas Hwy. Tavernier, FL 33070
Hours: Sunrise to sunset
The Laura Quinn Wild Bird Sanctuary serves as a humane, natural refuge for over 90 non-releasable birds, representing almost 40 different species. For visitors, the boardwalk offers an opportunity for a self-guided tour along our enclosures with educational signs, ending at the waters of Florida Bay.
The App allows you to see points of interest based on your current location and also featured Narrated Driving Tours. These tours give you advance notice of scenic, iconic or historic points of interest as you drive along the Overseas Highway, Florida’s only designated All-American Road. When you are two miles from a point of interest, you will receive a notification in the App. Play the narration to hear details of the upcoming location and its amenities and decide if you would like to stop and see for yourself. Launch the Northbound or Southbound Driving Tour in the App to learn fun facts, uncover new spots and safely drive the beautiful Florida Keys.