57612 Overseas Highway
Mile Marker 57.5
Marathon, Fl. 33050
(305) 289-0265

Marathon Area Attractions and Restaurants

Of course, the weather is so lovely year round in the Florida Keys that you don't really need anything but a lounge chair and a view of the water to have a great vacation with us, but for our more active guests, here are some of the other attractions that have made Grassy Key, Marathon and the middle Florida Keys popular.

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Swim with a Dolphin!

Our closest neighbor is the Dolphin Research Center where you can experience these fasacinating marine mammals in an up close and personal way! Swim with dolphins or actually become a trainer for a day at this non-profit education and research facility.

58901 Overseas Highway
Grassy Key , FL 33050-6019
Reservations: (305) 289-0002


woman in water with dolphin

Meet a Turtle!

Sea turtles tell us a lot about the condition of our environment and the world's oceans. They have survived more than 100 million years, and live in all the oceans. At Marathon's Turtle Hospital, injured or sick turtles are treated and released back to local waters. Visitors can meet the current patients, and some of the longer residents, and learn about conservation of this important animal.

2396 Overseas Highway
Marathon , FL 33050
Daily Guided Educational Experiences: (305) 743-2552


Explore Crane Point Museum and Trails

Crane Point has beautiful hardwood hammock trails with more than more than 80 educational (and navigational) to make your hike informational. There are also marine touch tanks full of native invertebrates and Florida Keys critters. High on the not-to-miss list is the Creature Feature on the porch of the Cracker House - there's an observational bee hives, land crabs, corn snakes and box turtles. The museum offers information on local history including the lifestyle of early Native American inhabitants and an interactive pirate experience that is very popular with the kids.

5550 Overseas Highway
Marathon, FL 33050
Phone: (305) 743-3900

Visit Historic Pigeon Key

Explore historic and picturesque Pigeon Key, a five acre island just west of Marathon that was the original Henry Flagler work camp for the Overseas Railway. Trip Advisor calls the island a “fascinating microcosm of the Florida Keys.” Pigeon Key is reached by a ferry departing from Knight’s Key, Marathon. Many of the historic buildings can be toured, including the Honeymoon Cottage, the Bridge Tender's House, and the Commissary. The educational center offers exhibits of the wildlife as well the history of the “Train Who Went To Sea” that was the first connection from the mainland to Key West. Take a picnic and your snorkel gear and spend the day. You can also still walk or ride your bike to the island on the old 7 mile brdige. It's about 2.5 miles.

1 Knights Key Boulevard Mile Marker 47
Marathon, FL 33050
Information: 305-743-5999


aerial of Pigeon Key


"Top Ten" Beach at Bahia Honda

Bahia Honda State Park is one of island chains most popular destinations – its beautiful beach has made more than one “top ten” beach list in travel magazines, the snorkeling and swimming is great and the sunsets are what you expect in the Florida Keys, with the added dramatic backdrop of the old railroad steel truss bridge – the only one of its kind in the original railroad. The depth of the channel – 24 feet – made this construction necessary. There are covered picnic tables, shore fishing, kayaks and snorkel gear for rent and boat trips to the reef. Bahia Honda is a popular birding spot - a great place to see wading and shorebirds.

Mile Marker 37 Overseas Highway
Bahia Honda, Florida
Phone: (305) 872-2353

beach at Bahia Honda

Snorkel the Coral Reef

Our year round warm water and the colorful coral and fish life just beneath the surface are arguably the most amazing attractions the Florida Keys have to offer. The barrier reef offshore is the 3rd largest in the world and the only living barrier reef in North America. Coral reefs are among the most biologically diverse ecosystems on earth, second only in ecological diversity to the tropical rain forests – in fact, coral reefs are often called “The Rain Forests of the Sea."

Just off Marathon is the Sombrero Reef Marine Sanctuary. We recommend Spirit Snorkeling to visit Sombrero Reef and Lighthouse on a powerful, stable power catamaran. Spirt only takes snorkelers - No SCUBA divers - which means the trips are to areas perfect in depth for free diving.

MM 47.5 Bayside
(Behind Porky's)
Marathon, Florida
Phone: (305) 289-0614

power catamaran with snorkelers on board

Experience Florida Keys Fishing!

The Florida Keys are known worldwide for the big game sportfishing, and the middle Keys where it's closest to the Gulfstream as well as the barrier reef is widely acknowledged as the place to fish! We recommend drift fishing with the Marathon Lady; your party boat fare will include your fishing gear, bait and all required licenses!

Overseas Highway at Vaca Cut Bridge, Mile Marker 53
Marathon, FL 33050
Phone: (305) 743-5580

snapper catch

Golf & Tennis on Key Colony Beach!

The tennis courts and 9 hole golf course are open daily to the public from 7:30 am to dusk. Greens fees are very reasonable and tennis courts are free. There's a kid's playground and several other reacreational facilities including a basketball court, horseshoe and bocci ball areas.

8th Street,
Key Colony Beach FL 33050

golf course

Favorite Area Restaurants

Keys Fisheries

Waterfront dining and fish market, popular with locals and visitors alike for years. Open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and located right on the marina.

3502 Gulfview Avenue
Marathon, FL 33050
(305) 743-4353

Keys Fisherries Restaurant


Sunset Grill & Raw Bar

"Spectacular Sunsets accompanied by outstanding food and drink make a trip to Sunset Grille and Raw Bar a must." says the restaurant website, and the reviews match the enthusiasm for food, service and views. Plus there's a sparking pool for patrons. Splash into the Sunset Grill and Raw Bar!

Overseas Highway at Vaca Cut Bridge, Mile Marker 53
Marathon, FL 33050
Phone: (305) 743-5580


Island Fish Company

Huge, open air Tiki right on the Gulf serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily 8am till 11pm. Fresh local fish served in locally inspired style. Spectacular views all the time, including sunsets! There's also a beach bar.

12648 Overseas Hwy.
Marathon, FL 33050
(305) 743-4191

along the waterfront

Sparky's Landing

Spark's Landing has long been a local's favorite. Located on the docks of the Key Colony Beach Marina (just a minute off the Overseas Highway), the atmosphere is quintessential Florida Keys and the food is great. The menu includes steaks, fresh local seafood (naturally), salad, pizza and sandwiches. Popular items include the Frueben - a fish Rueben - and West Coast Style Fish Tacos. Want a pizza that's different: try the Shrimp & Bacon Pizza for something unique. Open daily for lunch and dinner 11am - 10pm, Daily Happy Hour 4-6pm.

Sadowski Causeway (turn at) Mile Marker 53
Key Colony Beach, FL 33050
Phone: (305) 289-7445

snapper catch



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57612 Overseas Highway
Mile Marker 57.5
Marathon, Fl. 33050
(305) 289-0265