Florida Keys Attractions

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.

Swim With Dolphins

Swim With Dolphins

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.
Location: Grassy Key, FL
Phone: (305) 289-0002
Pigeon Key

Pigeon Key

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.
Location: Marathon, Florida Keys
Crane Point Hammock

Crane Point Hammock



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 Childrens 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!
Location: 5550 Overseas Highway
Phone: 305-743-7124
The Turtle Hospital

The Turtle Hospital

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
Location: 2396 Overseas Hwy
Phone: 305-743-2552
Adventure: Wake Boarding

Adventure: Wake Boarding

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!

WAKEBOARDING: What snowboarding is to snow skiing, wakeboarding is to waterskiing. More confused now? Traditional wakeboarding is just like waterskiing behind a boat, but instead of two skis, riders stand sideways with both feet attached to a wakeboard. Jumps, tricks, spins and inverts are performed when riders cross over the wake (the bigger the better!) and use it as a ramp. Is it hard to learn? Not at all, although some people may choose to argue. The bigger surface area of a wakeboard compared to waterskis, plus the fact that both feet are attached to the same board should make it easier to get up and planing. If you`ve tried wakeboarding before, and have had trouble getting up, chances are a simple change in body position will get that board right out of the water and get you riding. (you can always blame it on the boat driver though, they like that) That`s where oTHErsides expert staff comes in to help out. If you`re wanting to take wakeboarding lessons in Islamorada, or any of the beautiful waters surrounding the Florida Keys, we`re here to help with expert advice, gear and boat drivers.

WAKESKATING: Wakeskating is just like wakeboarding, but your feet are not locked into the board by any means. Wakeskates are skateboards for the water. Skaters with a bit of experience make great wakeskaters, as all of the same tricks that a skater does on land can be done on the water. South Florida is notorious for breeding some of the best wakeskaters in the world. BUT, you don`t have to be a professional skater or wakeboarder to enjoy wakeskating. Over the years of doing wakeboarding lessons here at oTHErside, we`ve found that many beginners prefer wakeskating over wakeboarding. Sort of a minimalist sport, riders enjoy not having a heavy board connected to their feet, and have said that falls have a bit less impact.

WAKESURFING: The waters surrounding the Florida Keys bless us with many things; some of the best fishing in the world, the United States biggest living coral reef, exquisite clear shallow water for kayaking, kiteboarding, and swimming, but to the dismay of many, no waves for surfing. Here at oTHErside, we don`t let that get in the way of some serious down the line time, because it turns out that wakeboard boats can make create great waves. We`re not taking about holding on to a tow rope and getting drug behind a wakeboard boat on a surfboard- that`s for amateurs. On certain boats, with certain boards and certain conditions, we can actually create a wave that can be ridden without the help of a tow handle, and can last as long as your legs can keep going. Wakeboard boats are one of the very few inboard engine boats you will find in the Florida Keys. The combination of an inboard motor, what we call "Fat Sacks" (extra weight) in one rear corner of the boat, and very slow speed, throws a wake that is so big, we can actually surf it with a traditional surfboard, or a specifically designed wakesurf board. It`s the best surfing in the Keys! When you take a wakeboard lesson with oTHErside, let your instructor know to save a bit of time for wakesurfing too!

We`ve now covered the basics of the three different board avenues that the sport of wakeboarding has branched out into. But there is something more, something that is the latest and greatest and it is known as a wakeboard park, or cable park. oTHErside is so thrilled to be the ones to bring said cable park to the Florida Keys Area. From Key Largo to Key West, riders are stoked to, meet in the middle, at Marathons Keys Cable. So, exactly what is a cable park, wakeboard park, wake park, or wake cable?

Cable systems are an overhead towing device used to pull riders (wakeboard, waterski, or kneeboard) across a body water (In this case a lake. Yes, there are lakes in the Florida Keys!). There are close to 150 cable parks throughout the world dating back to the 1960`s, although only in recent years have they become popular in the US. The riding skills are very similar to those behind a boat, perhaps easier because of upward lift that is incurred from a higher tow point. The systems run on electrical power and are very efficient at that, making them the greenest source of wakeboarding available. The Keys Cable has two 2-point cable systems that are independently operated. That is- instead of going around the lake in a square or circular motion, riders will be towed between two points, in a continuous ride back and forth. The cable systems are run by small electric motors, using only about as much energy as a small refrigerator. The 2-point system gives the rider many advantages over a full size cable. Independently controlled system gives the operator the ability to customize a ride just for you. Not only can the speed be controlled for ability level but the cable is meant to be stopped when the rider falls. This means less swimming and more wakeboarding! Riders will no longer incur the swim/walk of shame. After a fall, the cable will stop, and the operator will bring the handle to the rider, who will continue the ride from that point in the lake. Advanced riders can still perform all of the air tricks that can be done behind a boat or full size cable, and will enjoy the re-riding ability after a fall.

Keys Cable, located on Grassy Key, Marathon is suitable for first timers through advanced wakeboarders who will enjoy the floating obstacles.

You`ve now been properly schooled on wake-sports, and on your options for wake-fun in the Florida Keys. 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. Te cable park is centrally located at MM59, Marathon. Hit up the contact page for any questions, concerns or bookings!
Location: Grassy Key, Florida Keys
Phone: 305.414.8245
Adventure: The Fury Catamaran

Adventure: The Fury Catamaran

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.
Location: Key West
Phone: 1-877-994-8898
Ripley`s Believe IT or NOT!!!!!

Ripley`s Believe IT or NOT!!!!!

Check out the Amazing, Wonderful oddities or the World, through Ripley`s eyes!!!!!
Location: Key West
Phone: 305-293-9939

Faro Blanco

Great video detailing the history of the Faro Blanco light house.