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Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park

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bill braggs 2Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park is located on the gorgeous island of Key Biscayne. The park is a popular stop for residents and visitors, and remains one of the best boating destinations in Miami.

Boaters can anchor in No Name Harbor or dock along the sea wall that lines the southern edge of the anchorage. Entrance to the park is $8.00. The park is open from 8:00 am to sundown.

If you’re seeking an active day, Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park offers several options to make your day trip worthwhile. A popular choice is visiting the pristine mile-and-a-half long beach. The Cape Florida Beach has calm water due to a large offshore reef. Enjoy sunbathing, swimming, or a picnic on the sand. The emerald-colored water and calm surf have gotten the attention of Dr. Stephen Leatherman, director of coastal research at Florida State University. Also known as “Dr. Beach,” he has consistently named Cape Florida one of the top 10 beaches in the nation for more than a decade.

Miami’s sunny weather lends to a great day walking or hiking through a network of nature trails at Bill Baggs Florida State Park. Bird sightings are common while you revel in the native foliage.

The Cape Florida Lighthouse is a popular attraction at this state park. Opened in the mid-1820s, the landmark is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Tours are held at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm on Thursday through Monday.

The park’s roots hold national and international significance. Cape Florida was a secret meeting place and port for runaway slaves and black Seminoles before the construction of the lighthouse. In 2005, Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park was designated as a National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom site.

The park is named after William Calhoun “Bill” Baggs, an American journalist and editor of The Miami News who campaigned for the civil rights of African Americans in the 1950s and 1960s.

  By Shawanda James

For more information visit www.floridastateparks.org/park/Cape-Florida or call 305-361-5811.

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