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Take A Drive This Labor Day: John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park Voted As The Top Pick For Labor Day Fun

August 31, 2023

Having a BBQ or picnic on this day has become a time-honored tradition among American families. It's not just about sizzling steaks and zesty sides; it's a flavorful tribute to the nation's backbone, our hard-working souls. As we bid ‘so long’ to summer's embrace, these BBQs and picnics represent a quintessential American toast to unity, prosperity, and the simple joys of life. So, why do we gather 'round the grill every Labor Day? Because nothing says 'America' quite like celebrating hard work with a side of smoky goodness!

As summer wanes on September 4th, many families choose to celebrate the last of the warm weather outdoors – but where is the best place to celebrate Labor Day? It’s a question posed to 3,000 families by: - who polled respondents in each state to find out which location, in their experience, is the best to celebrate a Labor Day meal.

Floridians’ top pick was John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo. As the first underwater park in the United States, it offers a unique blend of natural beauty and marine wonders. Families can gather at the park's designated picnic areas, surrounded by the lush tropical landscape and overlooking the crystal-clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean. The Park encompasses approximately 70 nautical square miles. While the Mangrove Swamps and tropical hammocks in the park's upland areas offer visitors a unique experience, it is the Coral Reefs and their associated Marine Life that bring most visitors to the park. The park's Snorkeling and Glass-Bottom Boat Tours provide a chance for unparalleled Marine exploration, adding an educational and adventurous dimension to the outing. Canoeing and Kayaking through the park's waters are popular activities; fishing is permitted in designated areas. Visitors can enjoy walking on short trails, picnicking, or swimming at the Beach. The Visitor Center has a 30,000-Gallon Saltwater Aquarium and nature videos are shown in its theater.

In second place came Myakka River State Park in Sarasota. With its expansive landscapes, including wetlands, forests, and the Iconic Myakka River, the Park provides a stunning backdrop that elevates the festive atmosphere. Well-appointed picnic areas, shaded by towering Oak Trees, offer a comfortable setting for meals and relaxation. Children can explore the park's playgrounds and the engaging nature trails, while adults can partake in birdwatching, boating, and even canopy walks.

And rounding up the top 3 was Fort De Soto Park in Tierra Verde. It has well-equipped picnic areas, complete with grills and shaded seating. Children can enjoy Beach Activities and explore the fort's ruins, while adults can stroll along the Scenic Trails and appreciate the panoramic views. The park's proximity to the Gulf of Mexico offers opportunities for swimming, fishing and water-based fun.

"Each year, families across the nation come together to celebrate Labor Day in their unique way, reflecting the diverse spirit of America. No matter where we choose to celebrate, the essence remains the same: gratitude for the labor force that built this nation, and a desire to cherish the fleeting moments of summer!” says Rose Ackermann of:

Getting There
From Miami, take Florida's Turnpike South to US-1. Take US-1 to Key Largo. Look for the State Park entrance on your left at Mile Marker 102.5. The park is located at: 102601 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, Florida 33037.

For more information, call: (305) 451-6300 To rent a Pavilion, call: (305) 676-3777.

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