Explore Biscayne National Park’s wonders during bay cruises from Deering Estate

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Journey through Biscayne Bay on a guided Boca Chita Key Cruise, Lighthouses of Biscayne Bay Cruise or a Stiltsville Historic Boat Tour departing from the Deering Estate.

Deering Estate Boca Chita Key Cruise
Oct. 24 and 25, noon-3 p.m.
Nov.1, 7, 8, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29, noon-3 p.m.
$56 per person, plus tax and a processing fee. Purchase online.

Each guided tour lasts approximately three hours and includes opportunities to explore and learn about popular and scenic Boca Chita Key and Biscayne Bay. You can explore the island and hike the trail.

Staff also will engage you with the history of the park and why mangroves, seagrasses, and hardwood hammock habitats are all vital to the health of the local ecosystems. Note that the Boca Chita lighthouse remains closed due to COVID-19 restrictions.


Lighthouses of Biscayne Bay Cruise
Saturday, Nov. 14, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 12, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
$70 per person, plus tax and a processing fee. Purchase online.

After departing from Deering Estate, a Biscayne National Park Ranger guides you on a journey through Biscayne Bay to see the iconic Cape Florida, Fowey Rocks, and Boca Chita lighthouses and learn about the history that surrounds them. You cut though the alluring Stiltsville and go to Boca Chita Key to get up close to Biscayne National Park’s iconic Boca Chita Lighthouse. You also may have the opportunity to see wildlife, including dolphins, sea turtles, and many shore birds. Please note that the Boca Chita lighthouse remains closed due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Stiltsville Historic Boat Tour
Oct. 25, 4-6 p.m.
Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22-28, 4- 6 p.m.
$56 per person, plus tax and a processing fee. Purchase online.

Departing from the Deering Estate, journey through the northern most parts of Biscayne National Park to the alluring Stiltsville Houses and learn about the rich history of this area of Miami and Biscayne National Park.

The Stiltsville tours will take you for an up-close look at the village in the bay. Stiltsville is a reminder of the time when this area was known to be the playground for the wealthy. On this boat “ed-venture,” you too can experience what draws people to these legendary waters. This is an experience that the whole family will enjoy.

These tours depart from the Deering Estate located at 16701 SW 72 Ave. in Palmetto Bay.

Limited space is available. Advance reservations are required. For tickets and more information, visit the Biscayne National Park Insitute website or the Deering Estate website.

These tours departing from Deering Estate are possible thanks to a partnership between Biscayne National Park, Florida National Parks Association, Deering Estate and Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department.


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