if you are looking for nature, fishing, hiking ,kayaking and biking this is the place....want action go elsewhere....it is hard to find old florida and the" city " of cedar key is a last vestige of the era. folks from the cold places are very active in the community and want it to remain as is. clam farming is a big deal here...tourism second...lots of adorable old florida homes, birders are happy here as well. fisherman love it but so far the only catches have been by ospreys that we have seen from our balcony.
it is about 1 hr drive from gainesville and if staying for any length of time go to publix and get your food.....rt 24 and tower rd...........small market here.
dont expect fine dining either..island hotel the best...make sure to ask for both the bar and hotel menu.....bar is much cheaper.....the rest is fried food and good clams.
so if you are looking for a by gone era check out cedar key.