African Queen Canal Cruise#6 in Best Things To Do in Key Largo
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Built in 1912, this iconic steamboat's claim to fame is its role in the 1951 film, "The African Queen," starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn. The vessel has a storied history that spans more than a century and several continents, but it has resided in Key Largo since 1982. The African Queen underwent a $70,000 restoration in time for its 2012 centennial, and today it offers 90-minute dinner outings (with a stop at a waterfront restaurant) and canal cruise tours to patrons at 10 a.m., noon, 2, 4 and 6 p.m. daily.
Recent passengers offered mostly positive reviews and praised the knowledgeable, enthusiastic tour guides and relaxing ride through the canals. However, past travelers noted that an interest in the movie is a must, otherwise you may find the experience a bit dull.
Cruises on the African Queen last 90 minutes and embark from the Marina del Mar. The trip costs $59 per adult and $25 for kids ages 4 to 12; children 3 and younger ride for free. Travelers can book their seats online ahead of time. As the vessel can only hold six passengers, reservations are strongly recommended. To learn more, visit the African Queen Canal Cruise's website.
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#1 John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
Named after John D. Pennekamp, a former newspaper editor for the Miami Herald and noted Everglades conservationist, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park was developed in 1963 as the United States' first park under the sea. The state park is 25 miles long and 3 miles wide, and it is home to many aquatic plant and animal species, in addition to mangroves and various types of birds.
Visitors can enjoy the park in a number of ways. Water enthusiasts can admire colorful coral reef and the popular Christ of the Deep underwater statue on snorkeling and scuba diving tours, while those who would rather stay dry can sign up for a glass-bottom boat tour. There are also 47 campsites and designated spots for swimming, fishing and picnicking.
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