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“Cool Spot To Kayak To”

Indian Key State Historic Site
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$123.65*
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Ranked #14 of 61 things to do in Islamorada
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Reviewed June 21, 2013

This was a really nice surprise for our trip. We rented kayaks from the Kayak Shack, and embarked on the 20-30 paddle to the island. I had no idea what to expect.

The island is a historic site that has a lot of history. Throughout the island you will find information plaques that explain what went on in each specific site. There are even remnants of old houses from the village that used to exist. One of the coolest things is the observation tower that lets you see above the trees and offers an amazing 360 view of the Keys.

It was really cool to envision what life was like for the village on the Keys. We saw very few other people. We climbed over some rocks and took a dip in the Atlantic, where we saw lots of tropical fish and lobster. The rocks are very jagged so be careful if you attempt to climb.

This site is also an archaeological site, so you cannot take anything from the island with you. This is a great trip to an important part of Keys history. Be careful of the shallow water when the tide is low, or else you may get stuck. We were recommended to use the boat channel on the return, which allowed for smooth sailing...er...kayaking.

2  Thank Jem Z
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Reviewed June 7, 2013

This is a great stop if you're into Florida History. Accessible only by boat, you are free to roam this small Key all on your own once you get there. You can catch a ride at nearby Robbies Marina, or just track down a local boater and offer to buy them a beer in exchange for a trip out and back..as it's only a few hundred yards off of the main keys.
Don't go to Indian Key without first reading a few things about the history of the area...and how it was at one time the county seat of the entire Miami/Key West area. How the Florida natives attacked the Key (thus the name), and how one of the Keys owners was himself somewhat of a pirate. After reading the history, walk the Key and imagine what it was like 150 years ago.

2  Thank Mrchanute
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Reviewed June 3, 2013

We arrived around nine a.m. on a Sunday and rented a kayak for 1/2 day (there are coupons in the attractions book). It took about 25 minutes to kayak to Indian key. There's some pretty shallow water in between, but the person at concessions did a good job of explaining to us where to paddle and we didn't get stuck coming or going, though tide was low both times. Since the tide was still going out, we decided to go snorkeling first. The path to the snorkeling area was a little treacherous--very sharp coral rock. Be sure to wear good tough water shoes. It was also a little tricky getting in-- no stairs, ladders or anything. We had to be creative. The snorkeling was quite good; it was shallow the whole time, averaging around 4-6 feet. We snorkeled for around an hour and saw lots of types of plants and animals. Be sure to look under rocks and ledges for the shy ones. After we tired of snorkeling, we did the self-guided tour around the island, which was really interesting.

3  Thank floridalibn
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

Informative, go read the plaques yourself, I'm not giving it away. Hint* It's about the water. Seriously, grab a coffee and head out after a shower of rain get good parking and enjoy the views.

Thank George H
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Reviewed May 18, 2013

Visited Robbie's. We were disappointed that we could not find a boat to take us to the Indian Keys State Park. It was very expensive to charter a boat for 3 of us and my 85 year old mother could not kayak or jet ski over. We enjoyed the shops and feeding the tarpon. The shaved ice at Charli's stand was very refreshing and delicious. I had the coconut and dreamsicle favors.

Thank LauraGlenview
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