We were looking for something interesting to do while we were in Marathon, and were very happy that we decided to visit Pigeon Key. It is a historical site – you get the story of the construction of the railroad link from Miami to Key West by John Flagler.
You get your tickets at the sales shop, which is in a building shaped like a railway car, and the exit is near the Marathon side of the 7 Mile Bridge, near a sign for “Knight Key”. After you have your tickets you have to wait for the next ferry to go to Pigeon Key. The ferry ride was refreshing, and we were met at the dock by Carol, our guide. She was terrific – she gave a thorough and informative presentation, finishing with a walk around the tiny key. We saw the housing used by the railway workmen (now used by kids attending camps), the remains of the railway bridge, and a pool, which now serves as an aquarium. It’s not a short visit – you need a bit more than two hours from the outgoing ferry until the return ferry – but we both enjoyed it a lot.
The tour itself was a bit more than an hour, and then we had some extra time before the ferry. We had brought some sandwiches, so we had a nice picnic. You can also swim or snorkel at the small beach.
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