This Blog is dedicated to scuba diving as you all know…and we all know that Key Largo is “DiveCapital of the World” But often after a great day of diving Key Largo…what do folks do to pass the time until the next dive trip? We get asked to highlight other activities here in the Keys regularly of course, and there is so much to explore between Key Largo and Key West in your free time!.
Let’s begin with the most straightforward option; a scenic and stunning drive south on US1, known to most world-wide as the “Overseas Highway”. This drive is the epitome of a Florida Keys vacation. To fully immerse yourself in this experience, it is highly recommended that you spring for the rental convertible, put that top down, pull out your shades, and put on your favorite tunes. And how about those Florida Keys bridges! There are forty-two of them and they are unlike any others anywhere! The most famous of them all, the “seven mile bridge”, connects the middle Keys to the lower Keys and is a spectacular backdrop to stop and take some pictures. Another bridge that should be noted is the old bridge to Pigeon Key. This bridge is a historical sight connecting to Pigeon Key which served as a base for railroad workers working on the Flagler railroad in the early 1900s. Nowadays, visitors can walk the two mile stretch to the key on the old railroad bridge or take a short boat ride.
Next, let’s highlight some attractions on your adventure. There are activities for everyone in the Keys. If you and yours happen to be “Dive-Dorks”- like myself, and enjoy history, you may want to make a stop into the in Islamorada at the “History of Diving Museum”, to learn about the evolution of Diving.
Dolphins Plus of Key Largo offers many dolphin experiences for the whole family! Observe and interact with dolphins in many ways, from a dolphin swim to shadowing a dolphin trainer for a day. What’s more, Dolphins Plus is committed to educating visitors about these creatures and marine conservation.
The Turtle Hospital is a very special one of a kind place in Marathon. It is a non-profit organization that specializes in the rescue, rehab, and release of sick and injured sea turtles. Visitors can take a guided educational tour of the Hospital’s rescue efforts and meets some of its residents.
The Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center is another non-profit organization that is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitate, and the release native and migratory wild birds that have been harmed or uprooted.
Theater of the Sea is located in Islamorada and is a go-to attraction for those who desire a variety of animal interaction programs for various ages and prices. Meet, pet, swim, and watch many offered shows.
Key Deer are very special to the Florida Keys. These miniature white-tailed deer are endangered and found only in the Keys. The National Key Deer refuge is an amazing place to learn about our special Key Deer and is located on Big Pine Key.
Certainly, scuba diving the Florida Keys is one of the biggest attractions in these islands, but there are many other fun things to see and experience here…after a great day of diving that is!
Everyone enjoy Paradise!
– Sea Dwellers Dive Center Instructor Shorey