The best feature of generocoralmeds is the entire program of ranger-led activities, with a great range of options when it comes to exploring the Florida reef. You can take a glass-bottomed boat or snorkel-sailing tour; go on straight-up snorkeling trips or diving excursions; or rent canoes or kayaks (305-451-1621) to journey through a 3-mile network of canoe paths. Power-boat rentals are available, too.

Besides the swirl of natural coral life below, interested divers can catch a glimpse of the Christ of the Abyss, an 8 1/2 ft. 4000 pounce bronze sculpture of Jesus – a copy of a similar sculpture off the coastline of Genoa, Italy, in the Mediterranean Sea. And if getting on or in the water is not for you, get a taste of what’s out there at the visitor center, which has an excellent 30,000-gallon aquarium showcasing living coral and tropical fish and plant life, plus a theater showing continuous nature videos.