Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon, and Key West are all part of the famous Florida Keys- Florida’s most diverse island getaway!
Many travelers are inspired to discover the Florida Keys by passing through each island one by one. Once you get there, you won’t want to go home.
No matter which island you are on, you’ll have the chance to lounge by the ocean with a drink in your hand, watch the curious wildlife, and even spend some time at some of the famous bars and exotic restaurants.
Places to See In The Florida Keys
Traveling down the Overseas Highway that connects the Florida Keys to the mainland is an attraction in and of itself.
The Albury House, found at 91.7 Oceanside, is a cool place to check out that sells antiques and collector’s items. The home was built in 1913, and the designer of the home had the idea to build it so that it would float if a hurricane ever threatened the area with flooding.
The home absolutely did float!
During a hurricane that hit on Labor Day of 1935, the Albury House floated down the street and smashed into the Key Largo train station, knocking it over to its side. Eventually, the floodwaters drew back and the house settled right on top of the sideways train station. The old building is still graced by the presence of guests, making it one really well-built home with a bit floating history.
Going from island to island, you can expect fishing and diving to snorkeling and water sports. Diving and snorkeling are two of the main water activities in the Keys area. The Keys has over 10 different natural reefs, as well as shipwrecks that have become artificial reefs with time. The Molasses Reef stands out among the rest; it spans over 17 acres, making it the number one expedition for every level of diver and snorkeler who explores the area.
The colorful underwater worlds off-the-coast are easily viewed even if you don’t want to jump into the ocean. The Florida Keys is the birthplace of famous glass-bottom boats that frequently run tours over the huge, beautiful reefs so be sure to book a tour.
Swimming alongside dolphins attracts tons of visitors looking for a rare experience. In Key Largo, there are two companies that specialize in this fun treat, and let you get up close and personal with the dolphins, even spending some one-on-one time while participating in structured swims.
They also have similar programs with California sea-lions, except you don’t swim with them, but it still makes for an exciting up-close encounter! You can give them high fives, as well as learn and practice signing commands with them.
There are many more intriguing things to do in the Florida Keys, but it might be hard to get to all the magnificent attractions in little time!
Visitors should try some of the more unusual sights, like the small Diving Museum in Islamorada, for example, which has a “Helium Bar” where you can suck down as much helium as your heart desires. The museum’s main goal is to tell the tale of how man’s journey through the depths of the sea started and how it has evolved. The museum is home to the largest collections of diving helmets and artifacts like scuba knives, hoses, and some of the first scuba suits in the world.
You should also check out Dry Tortugas National Park and Ernest Hemingway’s famous house in Key West.
In Islamorada, you should visit the Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park and the Indian Key Historic State Park.
Whatever it is that will captivate you, you can definitely find it somewhere on the islands.
Just don’t forget to bring an extra suitcase for souvenirs and seashells you’ve collected during your stay; you’re sure to find many trinkets you’ll want to take home with you!