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Indian Key State Historic Site

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Address: Mile Marker 78.5, Islamorada, FL 33036
Phone Number: (305) 664-4815
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Although there is not much left on the island in the way of buildings, it was still an interesting place to visit. I did not know the story of what happened here and the little... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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292 reviews
125 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Although there is not much left on the island in the way of buildings, it was still an interesting place to visit. I did not know the story of what happened here and the little leaflet that you pick up when you arrive on the island explains it well. We came over in a kayak, which is probably the best... More 

Thank Rick61
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

An easy, 20-minute kayak from Robbie's marina. Comfortable rentals from the Kayak shack. Beautiful, shaded trails, quiet, and interesting history on Indian key.

Miami, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From the road, it's a tiny island. From the island, it's a big trip back in time to the days of the Caribe, original inhabitors of the Keys, and pirates. This is a small trip, cool to know about, no more than an hour of time needed to step back in time and get a better sense of the history... More 

Thank cordesca
Islamorada, Florida
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73 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

Boyscouts built an amazing wooden structure to weave around the park and get some high views. Park on the bayside at the bridge unload your kayak and paddle out to the park. Its a tough row through the bridge sometimes but beautiful once you are through. Pack a lunch and some bug spray!

1 Thank Cindywe22
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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25 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

We finally kayaked there and were the only ones on the island. There is a botanical abundance there due to Dr Perrine's research. An easy walk around and a dock for a "real" boat. Nice snorkling area as well.

3 Thank MissRainy
Denver, Colorado
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60 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

Excellent activity to do with your older kids! Rent kayaks at Robbies and take an easy paddle over to the island to explore. Be sure to pack a lunch and your snorkel gear. The great guys at Robbie's will give you a run down and a diving bout. We saw a Queen conch, lots of fish, spinys and some cool... More 

3 Thank KateColo
Dumfries, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

We rented kayaks at Robbie's Marina and paddled to the island. It was a 30-35 min leisurely paddle. You pretty much have the island to yourself to explore. Bring plenty of water and sunscreen! It is a former wrecking island that was later attacked by Indians. Beautiful views from the observation tower! The kayak landing area is a challenge full... More 

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Titusville, Pennsylvania
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102 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We rented Kayaks are made our way out to the island. The landing area was nasty, smelled like rotten eggs, this needs work..but the snorkeling around the island made it worth the smell at the landing area.

Thank EatLocalBuyLocal
Lantana, Florida
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66 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

We can't believe we've driven by this place a million times and never knew it was there. We were staying at Breezy Palms and had our own boat, so Indian Key was just a stones throw away. A 5 minute boat ride and we were there. The dock is roomy and nice, there are no bathrooms. the trails throughout are... More 

2 Thank Kristinesonja
Pembroke Pines, Florida
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23 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Our second visit to Indian Key was on a Friday. It was practically our own private island. Walk around to view the historic site or tuck into an alcove and snorkel the rocky coastline. No ammenities on the island. Wear water shoes - the kayak pull in is seaweedy and the shore is jagged. There is a dock.

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