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Bill Baggs Things to Do

Fishing, Biking, Swimming, Kayaking...

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Bill Baggs Things to Do

Fishing, Biking, Swimming, Kayaking...

Bill Baggs is a great place to come and enjoy for a whole day, there is plenty to keep you busy, between the great beaches, the fishing jetty, the marina, the restaurants and the many nature trails to traverse either by foot or on a bicycle. And don't forget "el farito", the park's signature landmark that offers some fantastic views from the top.

The Lighthouse at Bill Baggs

Here are some of the highlights to get you started:

Beaches

Bill Baggs Beaches
The beaches at Bill Baggs are wide sandy stretches on the Ocean side. Very low key without the glitziness of South Beach, this is a great beach for a day of relaxing. There is also snorkeling, kayaking and hydro-bikes if you want more action.

The beaches are quite protected with gentle waves for the little ones. However, be advised there are NO LIFEGUARDS at Bill Baggs.

Here's more on Beach and concessions at Bill Baggs.

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The Seawall and Fishing Piers

Bill Baggs Seawall Fishing
There is a seawall that runs along the Biscayne Bay side on the west. A path runs all along and there are small overhangs that provide some of the best places for fishermen to cast their lines.

You might require a fishing license. You can check the salt water fishing license requirements and order a licence online from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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Mangrove Wetlands and Nature Trails: Walking and Biking

Bill Baggs Nature Trails
There are many trails and paths that wind around the park and take you along the water for great scenic views, or through the mangrove wetlands and the nature areas in the park.

You can walk around or explore more of the park by bike, bring your own or rent at the concession stand but regardless, watch out for wildlife both inland and in the water.

Here's more on the Nature Trails, Biking Paths and Rentals

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The Lighthouse

Bill Baggs Lighthouse
The Cape Florida Lighthouse at 95 feet tall, it stands proudly overlooking the grounds, beaches and crystal clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay.

You can visit the Lighthouse and its grounds, climb up to the watch tower for some incredible views.

Here's more on Visiting the Cape Florida Lighthouse.

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Pavillions, Picnic Tables, Grills

Bill Baggs Nature Trails
Lots of shady areas with picnic tables as well as pavillions and barbeque grills all throughout the park. The majority are in the area between the parking lot and the beach, but there are no tables or pavillions directly on the water.

Pavillions are great for larger groups and can be rented from the park. For rental fee and reservation information visit the Florida States Park site.

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The Restaurants

Bill Baggs Restaurants Trails
Unlike most parks and beaches with a limited offer of snack and fast-food items, the two restaurants at Bill Baggs Park offer a nice alternative for an affordable meal in great surroundings.

There are two restaurants: the Lighthouse Cafe which is by the beach and overlooks the ocean, and the Boaters Grill, at the No Name Harbor on the north side on Biscayne Bay.

Both offer casual dining menus i.e. burgers and sandwiches for lunch, in a relaxed, family friendly atmosphere with killer views and are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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The Marina: day and overnight docking

Bill Baggs Marina
There is no overnight camping per se at Bill Baggs State Park, unless you come by boat. Overnight docking is available at the Marina at the No Name Harbor on the Biscayne Bay side for $20 per boat. Fee for boats entering the marina but not staying overnight is $2.

Also at No Name Harbor is the Boater's Grill restaurant and the start of some of the walking/biking trails.

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Things to do at Bill Baggs State Park:

| The Cape Florida Lighthouse |

| Beaches: Swimming, Snorkeling, Kayaking |

| Marina | Picnic and Pavillions | Fishing |

| Nature Trails, Biking and Rentals |

| Bill Baggs State Park Map | Restaurants |

| Where is Bill Baggs Park? How much is the entrance fee? |

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