The islands of the Florida Keys make for a classic Florida vacation, and endless activities mean there is something for everyone to enjoy. Time spent in the region can be as action-packed or as relaxed as you desire. In addition to basking on the beautiful beaches, enjoying seafood and tropical drinks, golfing, fishing, diving and snorkeling, watersports, and shopping at unique stores and boutiques, there is also an abundance of attractions. Here are a few of some unique sightseeing options and activities.
In Key Largo, be a pirate for a few hours and snorkel a reef with Pirate’s Choice. This is a custom 52-foot ketch sailing vessel docked at Marina Del Rey. She sails daily and offers two-hour sunset sails or four-hour snorkel trips at the reef. The boat is also available for overnight and extended voyages.
In Key Largo, Aqua Fun Adventures offers a 25-foot Grand Island pontoon boat equipped with a water slide positioned on the stern and a giant floating mat that looks like a lily pad. A banana boat is available for short rides. With a capacity of 6 people, Aqua Fun also offers three cruise options – Aqua Cozy, Sunset, and a bar-hopping cruise where guests can opt for a stop on a sandbar, pause for lunch, or watch dolphins and manatees. Water and snacks are included, and Upper Crust Pizza can be delivered to the boat.
Also in Key Largo, South Dade Marina and Eco-Adventures is the perfect stop for eco-enthusiasts. Explore a series of marked kayak/canoe trails through shallow, pristine waters, as well as Manatee Bay and Short Key.
On Marathon Key, Crane Point Museum and Nature Center is on the National Register of Historic Places and offers several historic properties to tour, such as The Adderly House, as well as several other things to see and do. Don’t miss the short 9-minute film in the Orientation Hall to get an overview of Crane Point and what you will see as you walk the many natural trails through the property. Visit the museum, stop by the wild bird center or the lagoon to watch several species of fish. Birdwatch, or opt for a guided tour. And don’t forget to visit the gift shop or get a fish pedicure – simply dip your toes in the tidal pool located near the Point and let the gambusia fish nibble on your feet. They will emerge shiny and new., and look like you just had a professional pedicure.
While in Islamorada, visit Theater of the Sea for a beautiful tropical experience of lagoons and lush gardens as well as dolphins, sea lions, sea turtles, fish, sharks, stingrays, alligators, and birds. Learn about their animal rescue programs, enjoy the shows, and partake in an up-close encounter.
Also offered by Theatre of the Sea is an exploration of local islands and a coral reef snorkeling experience on their 4-hour Adventure and Snorkel Cruise that covers 13 miles on the Atlantic Ocean and Florida Bay. Or, indulge in a romantic sunset cruise.
In Key West, take a tiki adventure and soak up the beauty of the mangroves and their abundant wildlife. Crusin’ Tikis Key West offers something for everyone from Sunset to Sandbar, Seaport. and Bar Cruises. Cruises depart from 3 different locations around town.
If you want a little exercise, join Key Lime Bike Tours for a historical journey around Key West. The company will provide you with a fun and informative experience as you discover the history, architecture, and culture of The Conch Republic. The tour includes a bicycle, helmet, bottled water, and free key lime pie!
Also in Key West, the Tennessee Williams Museum has recently added more Williams memorabilia. The exhibits are enhanced with original photos and playbills signed by Williams, along with other artifacts. The famed playwright lived in Key West for 34 years and helped the city gain literary and cultural recognition. The museum offers self-guided tours from Thursday through Sunday.