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Middle Keys Attractions

 
  1. Crane Point  “Tour the Museum of Natural History to meet some colorful Keys inhabitants: Spanish explorers, butterflies, tree snails, sea turtles, Key deer, and tropical fish within a simulated coral reef cave.  Walk the Nature Trails through a dense tropical forest and end up at a spectacular view of Florida Bay and the 1950's Crane House, which is currently being restored.  See birds up close and learn how injured birds are rehabilitated and released at Marathon Wild Bird Center.
    The newly installed Creature Feature will teach all ages about native Keys animals and includes an observational bee hive.  Spend time enjoying the lagoons and Marine Touch Tanks, home to various species of Keys fish and invertebrates. Play on a pirate ship at the Children's Activity Center.  Visit the second oldest house in the Keys, built by a Bahamian immigrant, the Adderley House Historic Site.”

  2. The Seven Mile Bridge & Pigeon Key  “The older bridge, originally known as the Knights Key-Pigeon Key-Moser Channel-Pacet Channel Bridge, was constructed from 1909-1912 under the direction of Henry Flagler as part of the Florida East Coast Railway's Key West Extension, also known as the Overseas Railroad.  This bridge was badly damaged by the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935, and subsequently refurbished by the United States Federal Government as an automobile highway bridge. It had a swing span that opened to allow passage of boat traffic, near where the bridge crosses Pigeon Key, a small island where a work camp for Flagler's railroad was located. Hurricane Donna in 1960 caused further damage.  The present road bridge was constructed from 1979 to 1982. The vast majority of the original bridge still exists, used as fishing piers and access to Pigeon Key, but the swing span over the Moser Channel of the Intracoastal Waterway has been removed.”

  3. Curry Hammock State Park  “This park is made up of a group of islands in the Middle Keys, with public access to swimming, a playground, picnic tables, grills, and showers on the ocean side of Little Crawl Key. The hardwood hammocks found on these tropical islands support one of the largest populations of thatch palms in the United States. Mangrove swamps, seagrass beds, and wetlands provide vital habitats for tropical wildlife.”

  4. Long Key State Park  “The Spanish named this island "Cayo Vivora" or Rattlesnake Key because its shape resembles a snake with its jaws open. In the early 20th century, Long Key was the site of a luxurious fishing resort that was destroyed during the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935. Today, visitors can explore this island by canoeing through a chain of lagoons or hiking two land-based trails. The Golden Orb Trail leads visitors through five natural communities to an observation tower that provides a panoramic view of the island and its profusion of plant and animal life. Some of the best bonefishing in the Keys is found here. Full-facility campsites overlook the Atlantic Ocean. Located at Mile Marker 67.5, 67400 Overseas Highway.

  5. Dolphin Research Center “Bring your family to meet our family of dolphins and sea lions. Spend an hour or stay all day learning about these incredible marine mammals. Dolphin Research Center offers several exciting presentations daily demonstrating the dolphins’ high flying athletics, dolphin education fun facts, dolphin research, new behavior training, medical behaviors, and much more. Enjoy dolphin swims and other encounters, as well as other fun chances to touch a dolphin. We also provide special needs assistance.”

  6. The Turtle Hospital  “The Turtle Hospital was opened in 1986 with four main goals: 1) repair injured sea turtles and return them to the wild, 2) educate the public through outreach programs to local schools, 3) conduct and assist with research which aids the sea turtles (in conjunction with state universities), and 4) work toward environmental legislation which makes the beaches and water safe and clean for sea turtles. Four species of sea turtle are treated at the Hospital: Loggerhead, Green, Hawksbill, and Kemp’s Ridley. The hospital receives numerous sick or injured turtles each year and the number of patients is usually about 45 at any given time (although this number fluctuates).  Price of admission includes an approximate 45 minute educational guide of the hospital with a presentation and a 45 minute guide through the sea turtle rehabilitation area. Reservations are required. Please call 305-743-2552.  Please note this is a working hospital therefore the guided educational experience is subject to cancellation due to turtle emergencies and/or weather.”

  7. Sombrero Beach

  8. Marathon Community Park

  9. Key Colony Beach’s guide to golf and tennis

 

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