attractions

There is a lot to do in marathon Fl

Beginning as a fishing retreat to the wealthy in the 1920’s, the islands that comprise of Marathon were for the longest time just another stop on the Flagler railroad. Fast forward to today and Marathon has stayed true to its fishing origins while transforming into a town that embraces the beauty of 
its natural surroundings and the wildlife that call the waters of the 
Florida Keys their home.

Starting with the Dolphin Research Center in the 1940’s, to the Turtle Hospital in the 80’s, there are so many Florida Keys attractions that can be found in Marathon that focus on promoting the understanding of the beautiful aquatic world that surrounds us on all sides. Visitors of all ages will enjoy the dolphin encounters at The Dolphin Research Center, the informative info and feeding of the turtles at the Turtle Hospital and the museum and nature trails at Crane Point Hammock. That is just for starters.

A short walk from the Gulf View

Many people dream of swimming with dolphins, at DRC you can make this your reality. With various programs that allow you to interact with the dolphins, there is something for everyone. General admittance fees lets you explore the grounds and see the encounters from a distance. They also have a small water park and tropical birds. Website: www.dolphins.org/ Contact: (305)289-0002 Address: 58901 Overseas Hwy. Marathon, Fl

Meet the residents

The turtle hospital hosts 1 hour guided tours. Your host will explain how the facility is run, the past of the turtles at the facility and the rehabilitation process. The finale of the program is feeding some of the resident turtles. Website: www.turtlehospital.org/ Contact: (305) 743-2552 Address: 2396 Overseas Hwy. Marathon, Fl

Aquarium encounters

“The Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters is an immersive and interactive aquarium that allows guests to get up-close and personal with many of our animals. We offer encounters where participants can snorkel or dive in our largest tank and safely hand-feed sharks, hop into our stingray tank and interact with our gentle gliders, or stay dry while engaging with our animals. Fun for all ages, general admission is valid all day so come and go as you please!” Website: www.floridakeysaqua riumencounters.com/ Contact: (305) 407-3262 Address: 11710 Overseas Hwy. Marathon, Fl 33050

crane point hammock

Here you'll find a wonderful museum of Florida's natural history, leisure trails that lead to the Gulf, the historic Adderley house of early Florida Keys settlers and the Marathon Wild Bird Center. Come explore and then visit the gift shop! www.cranepoint.net/ Information: (305) 743-9100

otherside adventure park

oTHErside’s Adventure Park is an island market place and amusement park packed with fun for the whole family. With an olde Florida feel the park was resurrected from the remnants of an old fish and lobster farm located on Grassy Key, in the middle of the Keys! The main attraction is a wakeboard cable system that lets riders brush up their skills on wakeboards, kite boards, surfboards, waterski’s and foil boards. The property also features a full service Boardsports shop and a bustling artists and vendor village with a number of large mural installations, statues, local craftsman, a sawmill, and of course a quaint bar.

Pigeon Key

Daily historical tours run at 10am, 12pm, and 2pm. The Pigeon Key Ferry leaves our Visitor’s Center located at 2010 Overseas Highway Marathon, FL 33050 at those times. After you have taken the historical tour there is extra time to explore the island on your own, enjoy a picnic lunch, or snorkel around our dock. Our Ferry leaves Pigeon Key to brings you back to our Visitor’s Center at approximately 12:20pm, 2:20pm, and 4pm. Historical tours and island access cost $12.00 per person, Monroe County residents are charged $9.00, and children under 5 are free.

Old Seven Mile Bridge

Old Seven Mile Bridge For stunning sunsets visit the old seven mile bridge. Here you will find picnic benches and tables as well as part of the old bridge for walking, biking and jogging. Address: MM 47

Sombrero Beach

Sombrero Beach Tranquil waters, sandy beach, barbecues, pavilions and a children's park can all be enjoyed here at Sombrero Beach. Address: Turn onto Sombrero Beach Rd. at the Sombrero Beach and US1 intersection. At the end of this road you will find Sombrero Beach.

Marathon Community Theater

The Marathon Community Theater hosts various productions throughout the year. Website: www.marathontheater.org/ Contact: (305) 743 -0994 Address: 5101 Overseas Hwy. Marathon, Fl

Bahia Honda

One of the most beautiful beaches in all of Florida. There are many adventures to be had here on the 2 beaches and with the tour boats that take guests out to Looe Key reef. Website: www.bahiahondapark.com/ Contact: (305) 872 -3210 Address: MM 37

Curry hammock

Beautiful calm Atlantic beach with a park for children and pavilions for picnics and parties. There are also pet friendly trails through the hammocks. Please note that the beach is not pet friendly. Website:www.floridastateparks.org /park/Curry-Hammock Contact: (305) 289-2690 Address: MM 56 56200 Overseas Hwy. Marathon, FL 33050

Long key state park

Long Key Tranquil ocean front preserve with a 1 mile leisure trail. There is also a boardwalk and observation tower. Website: www.floridastateparks.org /park/Long-Key Contact: (305) 664-4815 Address: MM 67.5 67400 Overseas Hwy Long Key, FL 33001

The art studio

Art Studio Why not leave the Florida Keys with a souvenir of your own creation? At The Art Studio you can pick from hundreds of pottery options and paint a creation of your own. You also have the option of creating your very own handmade pottery! Website:keysartstudio.com/ Contact: (305) 289-9013 Address: 12535 Overseas Hwy Marathon, FL 33050

Aviation Museum

Marathon Aviation Museum Antique aircraft as well as a knowledgeable staff make this a quaint place to stop in. The museum entrance is free but at the Marathon airport you can also book helicopter rides over the beautiful string of islands that make up the Keys. Website: www.1241.eaachapter.org/ Contact: (305) 731-3176 Address: MM 52 Marathon, Fl