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Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge

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Cedar Key, FL
+1 352-493-0238
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Cedar key refuge is an outdoor mans paradise!

If you want to see florida before condos, cedar key refugee is the place to go! It is amazing for... read more

Reviewed November 27, 2016
Hollywood, Florida
Nature Abounds Protected

Nature is everywhere on the island and appreciated by local and tourists. Wildlife, birds, a... read more

Reviewed November 27, 2016
DeLand, Florida
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Thirteen offshore islands designated as wilderness areas offer spectacular and rare viewing for birding and wildlife enthusiasts.
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Cedar Key, FL
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Reviewed November 27, 2016

If you want to see florida before condos, cedar key refugee is the place to go! It is amazing for an outdoorsman. Camping available ,but not full hookup at campground. End of summer is the best time to go! Less mosquitos and and cooler Weather!...More

1  Thank JEFFREY H
Reviewed November 27, 2016

Nature is everywhere on the island and appreciated by local and tourists. Wildlife, birds, a variety that excites nature lovers. Bring binoculars and a bird id book with you.

Reviewed August 5, 2016

We kayaked around Artesa Otie Island and trekked into the interior for a taste of tropical history. While fishing from our kayaks in a tranquil lagoon, we were surrounded by a pod of over ten bottlenose dolphins.. The dolphins swam around and under us with...More

3  Thank 194gottago
Reviewed June 13, 2016

We came to this area 20 years ago & it hasn't changed, it's a hidden gem & one you must make the effort to see. It is a bit off the beaten track, but it is definitely worth it. The scenery is simply stunning &...More

4  Thank P3439USandrewr
Reviewed May 29, 2016

When in Cedar Key I look forward to exploring the Cedar Keys NWR. This includes the number of islands accessible by boat and kayak. We enjoyed photographing the Refuge and certainly the birding opportunities. The waters around the islands provide an opportunity for the fisherman...More

2  Thank Richard W
Reviewed March 20, 2016

For those looking for "Old Florida" and unspoiled areas, the Cedar Keys area is everything you're looking for. There are many houses for rent (mostly fairly inexpensive) and the outer keys are pristine wilderness. Of note is Atsena Otie key which was actually a small...More

5  Thank Ken E
Reviewed March 14, 2016

I loved that you had to access atsena otie by water. Makes it feel special and secluded! Very cool place.

1  Thank J T
Reviewed March 12, 2016

The wildlife and vistas from the pier are wonderful. We were really thrilled by the flocks of skimmers. But the real draw is the old shell mounds. It is hard to believe one 5 acre mound was 6,000 years old. I highly recommend this refuge....More

3  Thank glofrey842
Reviewed December 30, 2015

Get in your canoe, kayak or sup and get out there. A treasure , the The real Florida, the history of the shell mounds only add to it.

1  Thank Linda G
Reviewed November 29, 2015

Nice area to walk around and learn a bit of the history about the key. Make sure to bring plenty of bug dope as the mosquitoes are relentless. If you are looking to paddle around the key make sure the tide is in.

6  Thank jrtodd
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Response from Ken E | Reviewed this property |
If you are talking about launching kayaks, there are several beach areas with good launch opportunities. There is a paved motorboat launch ramp in town near the waterfront restaurants (you can't miss it.) Be sure to go to... More
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Response from Maria S | Reviewed this property |
There absolutely are other things to do besides hiking. Boat tours of the other keys, tour of Lower Suwannee, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, air boats, and all the fishing you could dream about. One service you may not have... More