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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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Great historically interesting place to visit

Most people go right past here and never realize the history of this island. It was the original county seat for Monroe County (Florida Keys), and while nobody lives there today... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Trophy Club, Texas
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Trophy Club, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Most people go right past here and never realize the history of this island. It was the original county seat for Monroe County (Florida Keys), and while nobody lives there today, it is still laid out with the original city streets with plaques describing the ruins and history of the island. Rent a kayak or a boat from Robbie's Marina... More 

Thank omccullo
Wheaton, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I didn't have water shoes and couldn't convince my husband to carry me over the stretches of water to continue on the trails we took, so had to turn around twice. Saw lots of birds in the mangroves and along the shore.

Thank Jane C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Rented kayaks for half day at Robie's pier. Easy half hour paddle to the island. Kids loved exploring the it and seeing the wildlife. Some amazing history. Please remember to take cash to pay your park fee of $2.50 per person. Highly recommend!

Thank Andrew F
Grosse Pointe, Michigan
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267 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice to know why the way to visit. Beautiful view of the water, swim only if you have water shoes. No changing areas or bathrooms. Just nice view and take a break area.

Thank jocelynd102
Islamorada, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have now visited this site on two occasions with various friends. The staff are always really friendly and very informative. We got there by renting kayaks from Robbies Marina and paddling accross. There is a lot of Keys history here and it is well worth a visit. Take cold drinks but don't leave food on your kayak, there is... More 

Thank James D
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

My wife and I set out to Islamorada with our stand-up paddleboards with the intent to travel to this little known island just off the Overseas Highway. It's clearly visible from the road and can only be reached by boat, paddleboard, kayak, etc. It took about 15 minutes of paddling and we arrived. The historic site is well maintained and... More 

Thank Googol323
Daytona Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

You can catch the ferry tour out of Robbie's (a wonderful place in itself). There is so much history on this little Key! All of the pirating and lives lost. It's worth buying a book about Indian Key to really learn about what happened on this little Key. Foundations of the buildings, houses, and little trading post only remain. The... More 

Thank Lisa N
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

Arriving by boat, escorted by Greg, our guide and crew member, who recently earned his master captain's license, we gathered on the dock and were forbidden to read any plaques, as he truly is a fount of legend and information. We walked the labeled streets of this once thriving port where the past impinges upon one's imagination. Only the foundations... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

The Kayaking to the Key was the best part. Kind of a cook place though. Take your time and enjoy the Key

Thank terry l
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015 via mobile

Rented kayaks from Robbie's and took 30mins to paddle out there. When we arrived there was a small nurse shark in the kayak landing area. We had the entire island to ourselves for the morning to explore. Great informational tidbits throughout the island, but not much to look at. Don't plan on this trip if the winds are bad. It... More 

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