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Indian Key State Historic Site, Islamorada

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Indian Key Historic State Park is an island within the Florida State Park system, located just a few hundred yards southeast of U.S. 1 within the Florida Keys. The island was briefly inhabited in the middle of the 19th century but is now an uninhabited ghost town. It is frequently visited by tourists and is the subject of an archaeological project to uncover the historic building foundations.The park was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.HistorySee Indian Key, Florida.
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  • Indian Key State Historic Site is intriguing and beautiful. It is one of our favorite places in the Keys.  more »
  • Launch your own canoe or kayak from the Overseas Highway, or rent one from Robbie's nearby, and take a 25 minute paddle out to the island. There you can see remnants of an early settlement and enjoy s...  more »
  • Whether by sail, power or paddle, you need a boat to get to this key. Once a thriving community and seat of Dade county - before Dade gave the Keys to Monroe County - the ruins of the community are vi...  more »
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  • It's really cool to come out to Indian Key. Getting out here can be somewhat of a challenge though. On the island there's very little except some paths and some trees. It's a beautiful little island. The water around the island can be interesting depending on the tides. If the water is flowing fast and you have to travel in the opposite direction in a kayak then moving a few inches out of the current can make all the difference. I think you can get kayaks over at Robbies.
  • We kayaked across, starting from the roadside parking area just north of the bridge by Robbies marina. There was a stiff wind and 3-5ft swells on the ocean side that day but the short trip over was still very easy as the shallow bay is well protected. In low tide it's entirely possible to get stuck in mud. Paddle towards the dock, before you reach it you'll see a sign indicating where they want you to beach your boat. Fascinating history, strange plants, and lots of solitude.
  • If you can get a boat or kayak to make it out here, it is pretty neat. For such a small key there are several man-made trails from the previous residents of the Key and an abundance of marine wildlife surrounding the waters of the key. Great for snorkeling with kids
  • This was a fun Island to explore! We kayaked to the island. There is a little inlet right before you get to the boat dock where you can pull in your kayak. The island has a lot of ruins and artifacts to see. We saw lots of crabs, fish, starfish, and nurse sharks. Do not snorkel in low tide unless you want to get stuck in the muddy sand!! High tide snorkeling is much better although the water isn't much more then 3 feet around the island.
  • Awesome little Island with interesting history. The area west of the Island is shallow for good wildlife viewing, but at low tide you can easily get stuck even on a Kayak. Tried snorkeling but visibility was poor. Saw four nurse sharks at low tide on the north side of the island.