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The pristine beaches, amazing wildlife, and blue waters are the three factors that define the beauty of Marathon in the Florida Keys. The city is not that old and has a low population too which makes its sights more beautiful.
The Curry Hammock State Parks enhances the natural beauty of the place. Are you looking for some water activities? You can do almost everything in the warm blue waters of Marathon. These are the top 15 things to do in Marathon-
Go on a kayaking trip around Marathon
We’d like to show Marathon off to you by taking you on a kayaking trip. The best thing about Marathon is its waters. And, the waters are too pretty and are waiting for you to explore them.
Kayaking is one of the most eco-friendly ways to visit the waters and see the things on the shorelines too.
You can go and find a group or take a group of friends on these trips. Many tour operators organize these kayaking day trips where the guide takes you through the different water trails and shows you all about Marathon.
You can even book a private tour if you want one or go with other people. If you want to see all of the Mangrove Rivers- you might have to choose a 1-hour trip.
On the other hand, if you want to see some of the Florida Keys along with the different mangrove swamps that fall on the way- it might take up to 3 hours.
See the historic Seven Miles Bridge
You might have heard of the name Seven Miles Bridge. Yes, we are quite sure you have seen it in the movies! Still cannot remember? It has made its guest appearance in incredible movies like Mission Impossible III.
Did you know there was even a time when people remarked Seven Miles Bridge was the eighth wonder in the entire world?
The spot is extremely picturesque. Want to stand afar and watch it? It will look incredible. But, do you know how to enhance its beauty? Take a drive!
The experience is once in a lifetime and you must not miss it! Starting from Knight’s Key to Little Duck, Seven Miles Bridge is just one of the miracles of Florida Keys that you should not miss at any rate.
Try out some deep-sea fishing
Did you know fishing is another way to enjoy the luxurious waters of Marathon? Fishing is already a common activity in the Florida Keys, but in Marathon- it has some companies that entirely deal with fishing and deep-sea fishing options.
Most of these companies have a policy- “No Fish No Pay” So, you can make sure that you don’t go back empty-handed. Sounds like a deal, doesn’t it?
Explore the waters for some of the best fishes. You can get your hands on a large variety of fishes too.
You can even go scuba diving or snorkeling after you are done with the fishing. But, the best way to enjoy is going out to the ocean and catching some ocean species!
Go hiking at Crane Point Nature Area
Are you looking for some undisturbed landscape before we take you back to doing the water adventures?
Well, we can help you out a bit here. If you are looking for some hiking trails, we have the Crane Point Nature Area for you.
Nature lovers love this place for there are huge stretches of just undisturbed landscapes with lots of trails.
The trails are filled with natural beauty spots and there is a lot of local species too which might appear before you while you are hiking. There is also the national history museum which teaches in detail about the history of this place!
Explore the Curry Hammock State Park
Want to go away from the city crowd for a bit? We might have the perfect retreat for you! The Curry Hammock State Park is the definition of perfect beauty in the Florida Keys.
Also, there are no other pieces of land within Big Pine Key and Key Largo that has no population like this park. There are absolutely no inhabitants here in this state park.
The things that you are mainly going to see there are large beds of seaweeds growing around and unruly mangrove forests. Nature is truly incredible here with an isolated youch that will truly make you get that peace of mind.
The park is well-maintained and the coastline is pretty too. There are a lot of camping grounds here too. So, if you are up for some camping- you can stay here!
Check out some local delicacies at Brutus Seafood Market & Eatery
Want to see how the local food tastes like? Of course, on a vacation- it is essential that you get to taste some of the best local flavors and everything.
But, here is a catch- how about tasting the freshest stuff they have to offer us? Interested? Come on, let’s get to Brutus Seafood Market & Eatery.
There is a unique thing about this particular restaurant and that happens to be that it has its fish market!
You can find the freshest shellfishes along with a variety of seafood options. The shop even has some fine wines that you can pair up with some gourmet loaves of bread!
Visit the Crane Point Museum
We’d talk about the history museum here, and here we are at the Crane Point Museum. If there is anything you wish to know about the city of Marathon in the Florida Keys- it should be here that you get the answers to your queries.
Located in the Marathon shopping district, the place is too beautiful for being just a museum. There are trails here too where you can walk and enjoy some good scenes.
The museum is located on an area of 63 acres of land. This is entirely used for educational purposes to teach kids about the historic significance of Marathon. There is even a botanical garden here.
Meet some dolphins at Dolphin Research Center
Dolphins are such a creature that have faced many tortures in the past couple of decades, and yet they are the one species that love humans and vice versa! To take care of these abused, tortures, or just sick dolphins- the idea of opening the Dolphin Research Center came into being.
The Dolphin Research Center opened its doors to the public in the 1980s and since then all the poor and homeless dolphins of the area have been brought here to be taken care of.
These poor souls have found a new home and it is indeed one of the best. There are even sea lions here at the moment. And, when you go- you get to meet some of these friendly creatures too.
Go to the Sombrero Beach
Want to enjoy a perfect beach day? Sombrero Beach is here for the feels! The beach is one of the finest ones here in the Florida Keys that is open to the public.
If you want to have a nice day with your family and little ones- then we’d suggest coming to this beach to have some fun and even relax.
The water is too ferocious, and you can just lazily swim around enjoying the calm blue ocean waters. The beach is pristine with white sand filled- perfect for sitting and enjoying with your toes dipped in the sand.
When you go swimming in the waters, you might even find some fishes coming to swim along with you!
Take your kids to see Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters
Marine life is an important aspect here. And, yes in Marathon- you get to see a lot of new aquatic species. But, want to get some top-notch experience and interact with these cute species closely?
Welcome to the one and only Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters. The aquarium tours are given by guides where they tell you all about the fishes.
Some booths species are native to the region as well as international species. Kids love visiting the aquarium as they can learn about the new marine lives as well as interact with them too!
There is even a shark bay here provided with a coral reef tank. You can even book a private aquarium tour here.
Have a fun day at Otherside Adventure Park
One of the best ways to have some fun with your kids is to check out the Otherside Adventure Park. If you have a bit of time on your last day here at Marathon, and you are looking forward to spending some quality time with your family, we suggest you head over here.
The place is the ideal one if you want to have some fun with the waters. You can get into a lot of activities here.
There is even a huge tidal pool where kids can enjoy. Wanna check out water skiing? You can do it here. There are also a plethora of adventurous water activities that you can pursue here.
Visit the Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area
We now have a nice place for you to visit after you are done having fun in the waters. We know that the Florida Keys is a picturesque location, but wait till you get to see the Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area.
The area is filled with mangroves and wetlands. And, for these reasons- you get to see a lot of birds there. A slice of paradise for all nature lovers- the views are splendid here.
There are over 6000 different species of wildlife here. You can even find deers and turtles here while you are hiking. There are even campsites in this location.
Interact with some turtles at Florida Keys Turtle Hospital
Just like we saw with the dolphins- you must have heard about the sad tale of the turtles. But, we must save these creatures that are almost on the verge of extinction.
To help the turtles which are facing a serious crisis, the Florida Keys Turtle Hospital came up. The main priority of this Florida Keys Turtle Hospital is to take care of the sick turtles.
There are a lot of injured turtles out there whose lives are in danger. And, the hospital tries its very best to rescue these and nurse them back to health.
They play another important role, and that is educating the public. It shows people why they should keep the waters clean to save such species.
Pay a visit to Marathon Air Museum
We will take you out to check out quite an interesting destination. Here at Florida Keys Marathon Airport, the Marathon Air Museum is located.
Apart from displaying the history of the aircraft of Marathon gracefully- it also has some of the best exhibitions. In these exhibitions, you get to see some of the best airplane models too.
The EAA of the USA operated this interesting museum. If you are interested in the different aircraft models, then this will be a haven just for you!
You can even find a Cessna model in here apart from a Beech 18! There are a lot of memorabilia too, and the history behind these is beautifully portrayed!
Go on a snorkeling tour
Snorkeling is considered a religious activity here in Marathon. Well, we are joking, but if you are on a trip to Marathon- the one thing you must not miss is this snorkeling! It is just one of those once in a lifetime experiences that you must feel!
Pirate’s Cove is one of the best places in the city to enjoy snorkeling. But, there are other spots too. Sombrero Reef is another good location. Several snorkeling tours occur during the sunset and the scenes are just extra beautiful at that time.
While you are around the pirate’s Cove area- do not miss out on the Sombrero Lighthouse as it one of the best places to check out while you are in the waters!
This is the end of our Marathon trip. We hope you had a lot of fun in the waters. We shall be back with another adventure soon enough!