While on your vacation to the Florida Keys make sure to check out some of the great local activities unique to the area. Go swimming with dolphins, visit the Museum of Natural History at Crane Point Hammock, or go on a wakeboarding adventure, the Keys have something for everyone in the family. Visit the Turtle Hospital for an informative tour about one of Floridas oldest living residents, and then discover some of the worlds most bizarre and amazing oddities at Ripley's Believe It or Not.
The Florida Keys is a great place for family fun and adventure. Whether it's on the water, under the water, or on dry land, your Florida Keys vacation adventures are sure to be fun for everyone.
Animal lovers will be delighted by the Dolphin Research Center, a unique Marathon attraction where visitors can experience in-water encounters with the dolphins and sea lions, as well as regularly scheduled educational sessions and performances. Spend an hour or all day learning about these incredible marine animals. It is recommended that tickets for your dolphin encounter be purchased in advance online at the Dolphin Research Center website.
Take a tour through the historic Pigeon Key located at the north end of the Old Seven Mile Bridge. Pigeon Key served as a base camp for the construction of Henry Flaglers Key West extension of the Florida East Coast Railroad. Henry Flagler saw the potential for the Keys and opened the islands of the Florida Keys to the world. What was once called Flaglers Folly has become Flaglers Legend. Please come inside and see where history, marine science, architecture and education come together on one small 5-acre island! Today Pigeon Key is operated by the Pigeon Key Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the history and environment of the Florida Keys through education and research.
At Crane Point Hammock visitors can tour the Museum of Natural History and learn about the early explorers and pioneers of the Florida Keys or meet the moray eel in his aquarium.
Crane Point is the most important historical and archaeological site in the Keys and displays ancient artifacts and evidence of Prehistoric Bahamian and Colombian tribes. Your young ones can explore the Children`s Activity Center and play aboard a 17th-century galleon, an interactive boat-shaped playground, complete with pirate clothes and treasure.
Take a walk along the nature trails that encompass the 63 acres that Crane Point consists of and stop in at the Adderley Town Historic Site or visit the rescued at birds the Marathon Wild Bird Center. Feeding the fish is also a hit with the kids with large resident Barracuda and Shark! And we have to mention Casa Iguana, the home to many species of Iguanas ranging from 3 to 6 feet long!
Marathons Turtle Hospital is one place you will not want to miss! The Turtle Hospital provides rehabilitation to injured sea turtles with the goal of releasing them back into their natural habitat. Guests are invited to take a guided tour of the hospital facilities and sea turtle rehabilitation center as well as to participate in a presentation about sea turtles. Experience a behind the scenes look at the rehab facilities and at the end of the program they provide the opportunity to feed the permanent resident sea turtles. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED PLEASE CALL
Private club with private beach, pool, bar and grill, and games for the whole family. Discover everything the Cabana Beach Club in Marathon, Florida has to offer.
Cabana Beach Club Offers:
A Private Sandy Beach on the Atlantic Ocean:
Impeccably maintained, this span of private beach is a perfect place to lounge under a palm tree, soak up the tropical sun or to play in the Atlantic Ocean.
65` Heated/Cooled Pool: For those who don`t care for sand or the salt water "Cabana Club" offers you a 65` long crystal clear heated/cooled pool that awaits you during those long hot days of summer and those cool evenings of winter.
Dining: We now have several ways you can enjoy the menu at the club. We offer cabana servers (Order your favorite cocktail or a full meal while relaxing in your lounge). If the sun is to much retire to the air-conditioned dining room or visit the lounge for all your food and beverage needs.
Lounge: This lounge offers a full selection of adult libations and an ample selection of frozen smoothies for the kids. Be sure to take a few moments to browse through our photo albums and gander at the many of our favorite shots hanging up. You`ll see the years of fun and memories that have made the Cabana Club what it is today. In the lounge, you`ll also find two flat screen TV`s and a big screen TV for your favorite sports, weather or news, a book lending library as well as a place to get all those little necessities for your day at the beach. Sunscreen, Towels, Cabana wear, Island Art, Snacks, Chips and Ice Creams
Lots of Lounge Chairs: We offer lounges throughout the club areas. You can always find the one that`s right for you. However, we do ask that you do not save lounges for individuals that are not on-premise or relocate them to the beach.
We also offer: Shower and Changing facilities, Complimentary Ice Water, Lap Swimming, Water Aerobic Classes, Swim Lessons as well as host a Swim Team. Please Call the office for more information on these activities.
Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary is one of the largest marine protected areas in the United States, encompassing 2,896 square nautical miles (9,933 square kilometers). It was designated by Congress and exists under federal law, and became effective in state waters with the consent of the state of Florida. Marine zones for multiple uses, including 24 highly protected "no-take" areas (6% of the sanctuary), have been in place since 1997. The sanctuary helps protect more than 6,000 species of marine life, including the nation`s only bank-barrier coral reef that lies adjacent to the continent, and one of the largest seagrass communities in this hemisphere. An estimated 400 underwater historical sites also lie within sanctuary waters, 14 of which are listed on the Department of the Interior`s National Register of Historic Places.
The Florida Keys and their environs have a long history (>100 years) of exploitation, thus many pressures on sanctuary resources are chronic, and to some degree cumulative. A historical perspective of sanctuary biodiversity suggests that the populations of many higher-trophic-level species, such as marine mammals and predatory fishes, were dramatically reduced by hunting and fishing prior to the sanctuary`s designation. Today, pressures on the resources include commercial and recreational fishing, disturbances to wildlife, coastal development, harmful algal blooms, marine debris, vessel groundings, the introduction of non-indigenous species, and vessel traffic. Human-driven factors such as climate change, sea level rise and ocean acidification are large-scale issues that may also affect sanctuary resources.
There`s a lot of buzz surrounding the oTHErside Boardsports, and their new contribution to wakeboarding in the Florida Keys. Cable parks may be the latest and greatest, but for those who are new to the sports of wakeboarding, wakeskating and wakesurfing, or unfamiliar with the Florida Keys area, this is for you-The basics of these fantastic sports and why the Keys is the perfect place to try them out!
Keys Cable, located on Grassy Key, Marathon is suitable for first-timers through advanced wakeboarders who will enjoy the floating obstacles.
The wakeboard board and wakeboard lessons are typically done out of Islamorada but can be trailered under certain circumstances to Marathon or even for Key West wakeboarding. The cable park is centrally located at MM59, Marathon. Hit up the contact page for any questions, concerns or bookings!
A thrill of a lifetime trip to Fort Jefferson via Key West Seaplane Adventures, where you`ll enjoy a low altitude sightseeing flight that you won`t forget.
After landing on the water and beaching the airplane on the beach, you can visit this historic place in Dry Tortugas National Park where a guided tour of Fort Jefferson with an on-island guide is available or just enjoy the beautiful beaches and explore all that the park offers.
One of Key Wests most popular attractions is the crystal blue waters surrounding our island paradise. For almost three decades visitors and locals alike have been choosing Fury Water Adventures as their #1 excursion in and on the waters of Key West. Choose from a variety of watersports - Reef Snorkeling or Sunset Cruises/Sails aboard the Fury Catamaran, thrills in the air with Fury Parasailing, or Reef Eco-Tours aboard the Fury Glass Bottom Boat. Private Charters are also available. For the real enthusiast, try Furys Combo Packages or Furys Ultimate Adventure which includes Reef Snorkeling, Parasailing, Jet Skiing, Kayaking, Rock Climbing, Water Trampoline and much more.
Marathon Key once advertised itself as "the heart of the Keys" and was famous for sport fishing. During the 1950s and 1960s. Not much is known about the Faro Blanco lighthouse other than it was designed by Les Barrett and is thought to be built in 1950 by a local keys contractor named Archie Rackley. Unfortunately, this historic part of Marathon was severely damaged in 1960 by Hurricane Donna. It was either rebuilt or repaired after the storm passed, but it is unclear which one took place. Over the years it has been damaged by other hurricanes that have swept through the keys. After Hurricane Wilma the lighthouse was condemned, but was ultimately rebuilt along with the rest of the resort and re opened in January of 2015. This is one piece of Marathon history that you don`t want to miss!