Wild Life Viewing:
The park is located on the Great Florida Birding Trail, which means there is an exceptional opportunity for catching glimpses of wading, shorebirds and migratory birds. Herons and Egrets are common, but the lucky viewer might spot a White-Crowned Pigeon and Roseate Spoonbill.
Due to the park’s minimal light pollution, Long Key National Park has excellent views of the night sky. On Tuesday nights, the Florida Keys Astronomy Club provides classes about the stars.
Snorkeling and Swimming:
These activities are only available in designated areas. The water is generally shallow enough and the waves are gentle. You can view the ocean bottom covered in seagrass and filled with sea life. Set up your Privacy Shelter on the beach and change into your swimsuits for a fun-filled day in the ocean. Visitors will often spot jellyfish and some exotic fish.
Hiking Nature Trail:
There are two nature trails for visitors to explore! The Golden Orb Tail is an easy 1.1 mile walk through multiple plant and animal communities. The Layton Trail is located on the bayside of the park with a breathtaking view of the Florida Bay.
The best sports fishing in the Florida Keys is available in Long Key National Park, but a fishing license may be required. All fishing within the park must conform to regulations concerning size, number, method of capture and season.
Canoeing and Kayaking:
The shallow waters of the park’s shoreline provide the perfect opportunity for exploration. Kayaks are available to rent from the ranger station for two hour increments.