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Indian Key State Historic Site

Mile Marker 78.5, P.O. Box 1052, Islamorada, FL 33036
(305) 664-4815
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Ranked #4 of 20 attractions in Islamorada
Type: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Historic Sites
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Knoxville, Tennessee
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Go to Robbie's Marina at MM 77.5. Robbie's is really a collection of shops, rental facilities, and a restaurant called The Hungry Tarpon. One of the rental places is called The Kayak Shack, which rents kayaks. We got a two-seater for around $55. Indian Key is a short paddle from the marina. Point yourself toward the dock on the Southeast... More

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Marco Island, Florida
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31 reviews 31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

We are kind of new to kayaking but have done a good amount of kayaking in rough conditions. We checked tides, wind direction and scouted where we would launch and it was fine. Other people didn't do the research and they found the trip there hard. It doesn't look too far off but if you don't think about what you're... More

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East Orleans, Massachusetts
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56 reviews 56 reviews
15 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

We hired a boat (Captain Kris) to take us to both Indian Key and to Lignum Vitae Key. The two visits made for an interesting afternoon. Indian Key was the third most populated Key in the 1840's, until unhappy Indians depopulated it of its ship salvagers. Good history and a few remains, and a short hike around the small key.... More

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

We kayaked to the island from Robbie's marina. The island had an interesting self-guided tour which explained the history of the island. The lookout tower provided amazing views. We arrived at high tide and snorkeled at the east side of the island. Best snorkeling of our trip! We saw a baby shark, shells, multiple colorful fish, and coral.

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Longboat Key, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

We are staying here now! It is beautiful.we are dockside n a big condo . Fishing right outside our door. Pool and hot tub are great!staff are great!

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Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

The history was interesting, but this island is not worth doing (and I usually like historical / archeology sites. I did it as part of a boat tour. I guess if you did it in a kayak from Robbies, it would be more interested (and a chance to rest your arms).

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Boynton Beach, Florida
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

We have taken our kayak to Indian Key many times and never tire of exploring. There are lots of informational signs on the island describing the ruins of an early settlement, there's a rocky "beach" area, some shady spots on the interior and an observation deck that gives a great view of the surrounding waters.

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Senior Contributor
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10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

We visited Indian Key via the Sunset Cruise at Robbie's. We did enjoy the well maintained pathways and the history associated with the Island. Chevy Chase....head bob....yeah I saw the island.

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Chicago, Illinois
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

Neat little trip to a little island with a little history. Kayaking to this island is easy. Wear solid shoes as the beach/kayak landing is covered with jagged rocks and has a thick mud beach.

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LaPorte, Indiana
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

loved kayaking to this state park rented kayaks at robbie's came with a map of the "island" with streets an observation tower and historical markers identifying the myriad of homes hotels and warehouses that existed then it was amazing to be able to go there and take a trip back in time... the story of jacob and elizabeth housman's escape... More

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