Indian Key State Historic Site

Indian Key State Historic Site, Islamorada: Address, Phone Number, Indian Key State Historic Site Reviews: 4.5/5

Indian Key State Historic Site

Indian Key State Historic Site
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ScottEmmaLee
Apison, TN153 contributions
Kayak back into history
Jun 2021 • Couples
We rented a kayak from Robbie's for a 1-mile paddle. Robbie's was concerned if we had paddled before as it was a little windy. Beautiful trip at high tide. We downloaded walking tour to our phone from Florida Keys History and Discovery Center which is a great place to stop first to learn about Indian Key and see model of island. Good signage a gravel paths take you past ruins. Audio tour adds a lot. Pretty amazing to learn how much was on Indian Key and now it is deserted. State park asks for $2.50 per person to be dropped into a lockbox.
Written June 2, 2021
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CathySalustri
Gulfport, FL67 contributions
Hidden history in sight of Indian Key Fill!
May 2021
This is a short paddle from Indian Key Fill, and the paddle itself is gorgeous. We were fortunate enough to get a tour from Brad Bertelli at the Keys History and Discovery Museum. Fascinating place with great history – this small island was once the Date County seat! The snorkeling was also wonderful and there were so many butterflies they looked like blinking fairy lights.
Written May 20, 2021
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R2094TOj
28 contributions
Great paddle out to explore this "deserted" island with interesting history and flora
Jan 2020
Great day trip from Robbie's on a kayak or paddleboard. Well done signage and historical info. So glad we did this!
Written January 31, 2020
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hayleyamby
Fort Lauderdale, FL223 contributions
Indian Key a nice destination to paddle in Islamorada
Nov 2019
Indian Key is a place my family has kayaked to several times and even taken friends. It's an easy paddle over mostly shallow water. You can launch from Robbie's Marina to the south/west (where kayak rentals are available), or from the US 1 roadside. There's a small cove where you can leave your kayak while you walk around the island. You can also arrive by boat, and there is a dock.

Indian Key is reached only by water. The whole island is a state park, and you'll find interpretive signs along the trails that tell about the island's history. There's an observation tower you can climb and see just enough through the trees to see the ocean. There aren't any facilities on the island, though, so come prepared with your own water and other supplies you might need.
Written December 29, 2019
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SAR
Davie, FL12 contributions
nice day trip
Jul 2019
Kayak or take a boat out to Indian key.
Nice relaxing place with an interesting history
Bring a lunch, water and sunscreen
Written August 29, 2019
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Michael S
1 contribution
Kayak to Indian Key State Park
Jul 2019
My wife and I rented a kayak and paddled out to Indian Key. It was the highlight of our 8 week trip. The water was incredible, the weather was perfect, and we were the only people on the island, since it was a Wednesday. What a great experience.
Written August 22, 2019
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ginalaura
Gulf Breeze, FL84 contributions
Kayaking
Jun 2019 • Couples
Great kayaking at high tide. It gets very shallow at low tide. Island has quite a history and it has been maintained well especially after hurricane. Observation deck cool. Saw 3 sharks on return trip
Written June 23, 2019
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p.counterman
17 contributions
History Lesson for the whole family!
Oct 2018 • Friends
We explored the island with our son and his friend and then did some snorkeling. Being a native Floridian it was very interesting to see how this little island was settled and an attempt to survive it! Its great for kids becasue they can explore, and when it gets to hot you can swim and snorkel around the Mangroves and see all kids of little tropical fish and crabs. This is great for smaller kids to experience. You can kayak over from Robbie's or take your own boat.
Written June 18, 2019
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c K
PA15 contributions
Natural beauty
Apr 2019 • Family
We paddled out here from Robbies. It was a beautiful and easy paddle. The island is pretty and we saw a lot of lizards and birds, but we didn't see much on our snorkel. We went where a couple people suggested, but we only found a few tiny tropical fish under the rocks and we found some conch, but most of the coral is dead.
Written April 4, 2019
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James C
Hyde Park, NY144 contributions
Go at high tide
Jan 2019 • Couples
If you rent a kayak, or bring your own, go to Indian Key at rising high tide. It will not only make your paddle easier but if you want to snorkel you will see more.

If you are going to snorkel follow these tips. First bring some water shoes. The trap rock you have to walk across is sharp. Secondly, after you park your Kayak in the lagoon where everyone else parks, walk across the island and go in the water close to the grave marker of the person who once owned this island (?). There is a nice ledge there that follows along the island where many fish hang out. We were there in January and the water was about 73F. You need some kind of wetsuit. 3 mil long or shorty would do. It’s very shallow, only about 2-3 feet. A snorkel inflater would help
Written March 9, 2019
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