The Historical Keys

Did you know the Keys contain what was once called the “The Eighth Wonder of the World,” also known as the Seven Mile Bridge?

The Keys’ rich and vibrant past is perfect for vacationing history buffs. Pigeon Key, on the west end of Marathon, provides a great overview of what building the Keys railroad was like. To get to Pigeon Key head to Knight’s Key by car, or go to Pigeon Key directly via boat.

On the key, you’ll find the site of an old work camp from the days of the Overseas Railroad. Though no longer inhabited, the workers’ dormitories and a kitchen building still stand, along with a museum. Guided tours provide great information on the history of the railroad, the category five Labor Day Hurricane of 1935, and Marathon itself.

After exploring Pigeon Key, drive across the Seven Mile Bridge and check out Bahia Honda state park, which features a wild length of beach ranked in the top 10 of beaches worldwide.

Kayak and snorkeling rentals make for a great afternoon for the family.  Also worth checking out on this end of Marathon is the aptly named Sunset Grill, which offers indoor and outdoor drinks and dining, complete with the eponymous “sunset view.”  Sunset Grill also boasts a heated pool, and beanbag games that will entertain the kids while the grown-ups sip some adult beverages.