Visitors can only access Indian Key Historic State Park by canoe or kayak. The park was the botanical vision of doctor and horticulturalist Henry Perrine (1838). It survived an attack from Indians in 1840 and the destruction of Hurricane Wilma and remains a rare cultural landscape. U.S. 1 Mile Marker 85.5, Islamorada, Florida 33036, Phone (305) 664-2540
Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park is a virgin tropical hardwood hammock, once common in the Florida Upper Keys. In 1919, a wealthy Miami chemist, William J. Matheson, bought the island and built a caretaker’s home, windmill and cistern. Today, these structures serve as visitor and education centers. Accessible only by private Offshore Island – MM 78.5 Oceanside, Islamorada, Florida 33036 Phone (305) 664-2540
Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park is formed of Key Largo limestone and fossilized coral. Originally land sold to the Florida East Coast Railroad, which used the stone to build Henry Flagler’s Overseas Railroad in the early 1900s. The park now features eight-foot-high quarry walls of the ancient coral. Visitors can walk the walls and learn about the quarry and its operation- an important part of Florida’s 20th century history. Picnic tables are available. Visitor center open Thursday through Monday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., features educational exhibits about the history of this site. Located at Mile Marker 85.5 on Windley Key near Islamorada, Phone (305) 664-2540
The Florida Keys History of Diving Museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving, displaying and interpreting artifacts, antiques, books, documents, photographs and oral history relative to diving history. The museum tells the international story of man’s attempts to explore, understand and venture under the sea. Mile Marker 83, Upper Matecumbe Key, Florida Keys Phone (305)664-9737
Theater of the Sea
Islamorada, FL 33036
Marine Mammal Adventure Park. Eco tours, swim with Dolphins, Sea Lions, and Sting Rays, plus other programs in beautifully landscaped setting. Reservations required for swims.
Robbie’s Marina is the place where you can watch and feed wild Tarpon; it is also the hub for most of Islamorada’s marine activities. From here you can embark on popular tours, rent a kayak or go on a jet ski tour. You can also hire a Backcountry or Patch Reef Fishing Guide, or Rent-A-Boat and chart your own course. 77522 Overseas Highway Islamorada, FL 33036.
See additional resources on local attractions in Islamorada at the Florida Keys’ official tourism website.
See “Things to do” at the Islamorada Official Chamber of Commerce website.