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The island community of Marathon in the Florida Keys is a tropical getaway for your whole family. It maintains a retro, nautical atmosphere with family-friendly festivals and attractions. Activities include dolphin swims, snorkeling, and boating. Seafood festivals are scheduled throughout the year, and plenty of local restaurants feature fresh catches. Fishing is ideal off the pristine Sombrero Beach. Visit Crane Point to hike to the preserved home of a 20th century settler family.

All things to do » Things to do

The Turtle Hospital
The Turtle Hospital
Attraction type: Nature & Wildlife Areas
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Seven Mile Bridge
Seven Mile Bridge
Attraction type: Bridges
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Dolphin Research Center
Dolphin Research Center(Grassy Key)
Owner description: Dolphin Research Center is a nonprofit education and research facility. Home to a family of dolphins and sea lions, we offer fun-filled narrated behavior sessions and educational... more Owner description: Dolphin Research Center is a nonprofit education and research facility. Home to a family of dolphins and sea lions, we offer fun-filled narrated behavior sessions and educational presentations every half an hour. During your visit you can watch and learn all about these amazing animals including dolphin maternity, social groupings, physiology, natural abilities and more. You'll see how we care for them, how we're working with them in cognition and behavioral research and the importance of conserving them and their ocean habitat. DRC also offers a variety of interactive programs including the Dolphin Encounter swim program, Ultimate Trainer for a Day, Trainer Experience half-day program, Researcher Experience half-day program and Paint with a Dolphin. We are actively involved in programs for people with Special Needs, as well as veterans from the Wounded Warrior Project, Military families, and others. Most of our dolphins were born here. Others have come to us for a variety of reasons -- including those who were injured and rescued as youngsters and later deemed non-releasable by the government. We are deeply committed to providing all of them with a safe, healthy, happy home for life. The well-being of the dolphins and sea lions is our top priority. Your visit and participation in programs supports the care of our marine mammal family, the maintenance of their natural sea water home, and the rest of our mission to educate others about these animals and the importance of conservation. Thank you for your interest in Dolphin Research Center! less
Attraction type: Nature & Wildlife Areas
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Sombrero Beach
Sombrero Beach
Attraction type: Beaches
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Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters
Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters
Owner description: At Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters it is easier than ever to interact with marine species of all shapes in sizes in environments that closely mimic those found naturally in the... more Owner description: At Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters it is easier than ever to interact with marine species of all shapes in sizes in environments that closely mimic those found naturally in the Florida Keys. Our primary attractions revolve around our unique Aquarium Encounters. Our hands-on encounters immerse our visitors in the heart of the action and allow them to get up close and personal with 50+ species of tropical fish, rays, and sharks! If you're not looking to get in the water, our facility still boasts many activities sure to thrill and excite guests of all ages! Stop by Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters today and immerse yourself in the Magic of the Ocean and the native marine environment of the Florida Keys. less
Attraction type: Aquariums; Nature & Wildlife Areas
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Barracuda Grill
Barracuda Grill
Ranked #1 of 91 Restaurants in Marathon
Price: $15 - $52
Cuisines: Steakhouse, Seafood
Good for: Romantic, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Kids
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Butterfly Cafe
Butterfly Cafe
Ranked #2 of 91 Restaurants in Marathon
Price: $30 - $35
Cuisines: American, Seafood
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Kids, Scenic view
Dining options: Dinner, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Burdines Waterfront
Burdines Waterfront
Ranked #3 of 91 Restaurants in Marathon
Price: $3 - $15
Cuisines: American, Bar, Seafood, Healthy
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Kids, Scenic view
Dining options: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Florida Keys Steak and Lobster House
Florida Keys Steak and Lobster House
Ranked #4 of 91 Restaurants in Marathon
Price: $9 - $39
Cuisines: Steakhouse, Seafood, Italian
Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Kids
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Frank's Grill
Frank's Grill
Ranked #5 of 91 Restaurants in Marathon
Cuisines: Italian
Good for: Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Kids
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Captain Pip's Marina & Hideaway
3.0 of 5
Captain Pip's Marina & Hideaway
$116 - $223
Ranked #2 of 16 Marathon B&B and Inns
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Gulf View Waterfront Resort
Gulf View Waterfront Resort
$113 - $218
Ranked #4 of 17 Hotels in Marathon
Jolly Roger RV Resort
Jolly Roger RV Resort
$49 - $80

All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Seascape Motel and Marina
2.5 of 5
Seascape Motel and Marina
$165 - $324
Ranked #1 of 16 Marathon B&B and Inns
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Courtyard by Marriott Marathon Florida Keys
3.0 of 5
Courtyard by Marriott Marathon Florida Keys
$169 - $334
Ranked #1 of 17 Hotels in Marathon
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Tranquility Bay Beach House Resort
4.0 of 5
Tranquility Bay Beach House Resort
$222 - $691
Ranked #2 of 17 Hotels in Marathon
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Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.