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“Pigeon Key Visitor Center”

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Ranked #8 of 50 things to do in Marathon
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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!
Reviewed June 8, 2017

It is a fun little stop. An old railroad car from the Flagler Rail time( might be a reproduction) The staff was friendly and they had some nice art work for sale. The prices were reasonable.

1  Thank Shelley M
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Reviewed June 1, 2017

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.

Thank Matthew G
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Reviewed May 16, 2017

Definitely check out the ferry tour on Pigeon Key, which is $12/person roundtrip for adult passengers. Interesting history tour by a volunteer guide with some nice tidbits about Flagler and the origins of the railroad in the area, also a nice boat ride over to the island. We saw a nurse shark and some fairly large angelfish hanging near the dock. The guide and ferry staff also stood out as being super polite and accustomed to working with tourists (some other Keys folks in customer service-oriented jobs seem to grumble or be less than enthused from time to time). Great value for the experience, especially in the Keys, and it's awesome that the funds go back to the historical foundation and marine science programs on Pigeon Key.

1  Thank acousticplanet
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Reviewed May 12, 2017

I lived on Pigeon Key for a few weeks back in the 1980's and decided to take the kids to the visitor center / gift shop. Turns out they offer ferry rides out to Pigeon key every few hours. People go to snorkel, fish and to take the tour. It was a great boat ride and tour, the whole family loved it. Overall this is the best bang for the buck trip in all of the FLA Keys.

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Reviewed April 30, 2017 via mobile

They offer this two hour tour to this island we used to always pass and wondered about. We went into the railroad museum on A1A but have to get the two hour tour onto the key plan ahead and don't just stop by the tours are only given at certain times of the day.

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