Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park is known by a lot of different names: Cape Florida State Park, Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Recreation Area, Bill Baggs Beach, Bill Baggs State Park, Bill Baggs Florida State Park, and Key Biscayne State Park. Most people – and computers – understand what all these names refer to, but the official name is Bill Baggs Cape Florida State.
About the Park
Location: Cape Florida State Park is in Key Biscayne Florida at 1200 South Crandon Boulevard.
Hours: 8:00 AM until sundown, 365 days of the year.
$8 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle.
$4 Single-occupant vehicle or motorcycle.
$2 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.
Picnic Pavilion Fees:
$100 plus tax per day: 15 pavilions with six picnic tables that accommodate 40 people.*
$150 plus tax per day: 3 large pavilions with 10 tables that accommodate 80 people* + $15 per day if you want to use the available electricity.
*$50.00 cleaning fee may be assessed if the shelter and immediate vicinity is not cleaned prior to the group leaving. The group is responsible for leaving the pavilion and grounds in the same condition as it was when received.
$20 per boat per night: Visitors may anchor overnight in No Name Harbor.
All pets must be on a 6-foot leash and well-behaved at all times. Pets may not be left unattended. Pets that are noisy, vicious, dangerous, or intimidating to other persons, or damage park resources, will be asked to leave the park with their owners.
Pet owners must pick up after their pets and properly dispose of all droppings in trash receptacles.
You may walk your pet in the picnic areas, along the sea wall, bike trails, and hiking trails. Pets are not allowed on the beach, wetlands, playground, Youth Camp, lighthouse, keeper’s cottage, Lighthouse Café or Boater’s Grill.
Guide and Service animals are excluded from the above restrictions.
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park has tons of activities. They include:
A beach that’s been named a top 10 beach in America by Dr. Stephen Leatherman. Rental chairs, umbrellas, and hydro bikes are available at the park’s concession near Lighthouse Café.
Biking on a 1.5 mile paved bike path and many more miles of unpaved service roads. Rentals are available at the park’s concession near Lighthouse Café.
Canoeing and kayaking. Kayak rentals are available at the park’s concession near Lighthouse Café.
Dining at the Lighthouse Café.
Fishing from the seawall along Biscayne Bay. Bill Baggs fishing is regulated by the FL Wildlife Commission and may require a license.
Hiking on a variety of nature trails.
A playground with 4 swings, 4 slides, and a climbing ladder located in the north center of ‘Area A’.
Wildlife viewing, particularly birds, from the seawall and nature trails.
Cape Florida Lighthouse
“Built in 1825, the Cape Florida Lighthouse is recognized as the oldest structure in South Florida and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971. It was restored in 1967-70 and again in 1992-96. It was the only lighthouse to have been attacked by Indians. A U.S. Army base was built here to protect the land and sea from subsequent Indian attacks.
The park is also recognized as a site within the U.S. National Park Service’s National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom – commemorating the trip to the British Bahamas by escaped slaves before the lighthouse was constructed.”(Florida State Parks)
Tours of the Lighthouse are available Thursday – Monday at 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM. The Lighthouse’s grounds are open 7 days a week from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Other Key Biscayne Parks
Bill Baggs is the only state park in Key Biscayne, but there are other parks there, some of them beach parks.
Crandon Park is a beach park operated by Miami-Dade County.
Village Green, Beach Park, Lake Park and East Enid Linear Park are all operated by the Village of Key Biscayne.
To many joyful beach experiences!
— Lisa Dworkin