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“A great kayaking destination”

Indian Key State Historic Site
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Ranked #14 of 61 things to do in Islamorada
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Reviewed January 7, 2014

We have taken our kayak to Indian Key many times and never tire of exploring. There are lots of informational signs on the island describing the ruins of an early settlement, there's a rocky "beach" area, some shady spots on the interior and an observation deck that gives a great view of the surrounding waters.

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Reviewed January 3, 2014

We visited Indian Key via the Sunset Cruise at Robbie's. We did enjoy the well maintained pathways and the history associated with the Island. Chevy Chase....head bob....yeah I saw the island.

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Reviewed December 15, 2013 via mobile

Neat little trip to a little island with a little history. Kayaking to this island is easy. Wear solid shoes as the beach/kayak landing is covered with jagged rocks and has a thick mud beach.

3  Thank liveloveandlaughlots
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Reviewed November 24, 2013

loved kayaking to this state park
rented kayaks at robbie's
came with a map of the "island" with streets an observation tower and historical markers identifying the myriad of homes hotels and warehouses that existed then
it was amazing to be able to go there and take a trip back in time... the story of jacob and elizabeth housman's escape from a seminole indian attack in 1840
was heartbreaking and mesmerizing
give yourself 2 hours for the trip there the tour and the trip back

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Reviewed September 8, 2013

We visited in August and it was HOT and steamy! The only way to get to this park is by water. We came over on a motor boat, docked and came ashore. There is not a lot of available space to dock, but on Labor Day weekend, it was not crowded so we had no problem. Shortly after we arrived, we were greeted by Park Ranger Martin to obtain our visiting fee of $2.50 per person, so make sure you bring some money. Also, sunscreen, bug spray and a water bottle. There was a big orange cooler filled with water at the entrance. No pets are allowed. Martin gave us a brief and informative talk on Indian Key. It dates from the time of prehistoric Indians, but more recently (in the 1830's) was inhabited by Jacob Housman, who made a living salvaging wrecks from the dangerous reefs near the island. Supposedly, he wasn't the most ethical businessman and had his friends in high places establish Dade County in 1836, with Indian Key as the county seat. Dr. Henry Perrine, a doctor with an interest in tropical botany, also lived on the island, along with 40 to 50 inhabitants. The most interesting story is about when 100 Indians attacked the island, killing some of the inhabitants, including Dr. Perrine. Housman left the island after this and went to Key West, but his grave stone is still on the island. At one time, the island had a thriving store, hotel, houses with cisterns, warehouses (where wrecking booty was kept) and wharves. Now, there is very little left to see except remnants of the buildings, cisterns and Housman's grave site. What I found most interesting is the spot where the Indians landed in their attack. There is an observation deck that allows you to get a view from up high. Tamarind trees, buttonwoods and succulent plants are available to see as you walk on the gravel pathway along the island and most sites are marked, indicating what they are. Park Ranger Martin made our visit enjoyable. He informed us that there are no garbage cans, so we needed to take everything with us when we finished our picnic lunch. There is a spot on the dock which is covered, which makes a perfect place to picnic. There are no restrooms. Visiting here takes about an hour.

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