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Pigeon Key Foundation

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2010 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL 33050-2129
+1 305-743-5999
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Helicopter Flight Over Pigeon Key with Optional Sombrero Lighthouse Tour
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The island of Pigeon Key is a historic 5-acre island located in the heart of the Florida Keys! It was once the home of over 400 workers who built the Overseas Railway from Miami to Key West. Today, the island is operated by the Pigeon Key Foundation, a 501(c)-3 not for profit organization. Our Visitor's Center, which is the address listed, is where our daily historical tours depart from at 10am, 12pm, and 2pm. We also operate a Marine Science Center on the island, school groups from all over the world come to Pigeon Key to be immersed in the ocean environment found right around the island. Visit our website or call our gift shop for more information about taking a tour!
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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2010 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL 33050-2129
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+1 305-743-5999
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is great for anyone who loves history! The 15 minute boat ride was so enjoyable and beautiful! There are copies of pictures and models of the building of Henry Flagler’s railroad bridge from Marathon to Key West. Dormitories still exist.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We saw Pigeon Key while driving the 7 mile bridge to Key West. We all talked about how the people on the island got there. Since the bridge is being renovated. Looked up the island, saw tickets were very inexpensive, and decided to take the...More

2  Thank Christi B
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Reviewed March 5, 2018

You're able to see the type of housing and lack of amenities during the 1930s and devastation done by many of the hurricanes that took away workers and housing.

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Reviewed March 4, 2018 via mobile

Learned a lot about early history of the Keys and Florida as a whole. Learned some cool info on how the 7 mile bridge was built. Our tour guide Sandy was awesome. Saw a bonnet head or possibly a hammer head shark, snappers, parrot fish,...More

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Reviewed March 3, 2018

This has to be about the best value for a great adventure, ever. For just twelve dollars per person before tips, you board a boat at Faro Blanco Marina and head out to Pigeon Key, south of Marathon. Beautiful aqua water surrounds you, and if...More

1  Thank Laura W
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Reviewed February 15, 2018

Taking a boat to the key, you are given a guided tour of the small key with great insight into the history of both Henry Flagler and the development of the railway, and ultimately, the highway to Key West. We found the time to be...More

2  Thank HasCT
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Reviewed February 3, 2018 via mobile

Unique piece of history railroad buffs would love. Short boat ride. Our guide was Eric and could answer every question he had vast knowledge and pride in the whole place. We had a relative of the same age and name of one of the roster...More

1  Thank MikeJennyQ
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Reviewed December 28, 2017 via mobile

We decided to tour Pigeon Key during a family trip to Marathon with our 9 year old twin boys, and we were all glad that we did! The boat ride to and from the key was very enjoyable for starters. We then had almost a...More

5  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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Reviewed December 9, 2017

Pigeon Key was the base for the workers who built the overseas railroad. This is a great outing to learn a bit about local history and enjoy views from the tiny island. Access is currently only by ferry boat. Two hours suffices for the tour...More

2  Thank Kristen S
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Reviewed August 17, 2017

We stopped by Pigeon Key on a whim one day but unfortunately weren't able to stay because a camp was going on. We were able to eat our lunch before we got back on the boat but it was a great little key for a...More

1  Thank Jennifer C
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Linda B
July 23, 2017|
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Response from PigeonKeyStaff | Property representative |
Hi Linda, the only dogs we allow on the island are service dogs. No pets are allowed on the island. We have an island cat and have had issues in the past with dogs harassing native bird life. I apologize for the... More
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Veronica A
May 24, 2017|
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Response from PigeonKeyStaff | Property representative |
Hi Veronica, the ferry boat departs our gift shop at 10am, 12pm, and 2pm which coincide with our historical tours. The last ferry leaves Pigeon Key at 4pm. The historical tour usually last about 1 hour which leaves... More
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harwoodlan
November 4, 2016|
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Response from PigeonKeyStaff | Property representative |
Hi harwoodIan, yes the $12 includes admission to the island, the ferry service to and from the island, and a guided historical tour. Feel free to give our gift shop a call at 305-743-5999 if you have any other questions or... More
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