An Underrated Attraction in the Florida Keys

It may not be as flashy as Key West. It may not be as familiar as Key Largo. But Marathon offers something unique — authenticity. Here, the Florida Keys’ state parks, unrestrained natural beauty, and quirky local spots coexist, giving you a true impression of the island way of life.

Bahia Honda State Park bridge on water
36850 Overseas Hwy, Big Pine Key, FL 33043

Bahia Honda Park

Snorkel a marine sanctuary, tan on a sandy beach, and kayak through turquoise waters.

bird sitting on a sign post with a bright orange sunset in background
56200 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL 33050

Curry Hammock State Park

Wander, cycle, and paddle your way across 1,000 acres of uninhabited land.

black and yellow bird sitting on a branch of a tree
5550 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL 33050

Crane Point Museum & Nature Center

Understand the history of the Florida Keys and learn how workers nurse wild birds back to health.

happy dolphin in clear blue water
58901 Overseas Hwy, Grassy Key, FL 33050

Dolphin Research Center

Speak with trainers, watch educational presentations, and swim with bottlenose dolphins in interactive exhibits.

nurse shark in shallow clear blue water
11710 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL 33050

Aquarium Encounters

Get up close and personal with stunning marine life, ranging from stingrays to nurse sharks.

baby sea turtle crawling in white powdery sand
2396 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL 33050

Sea Turtle Hospital

Get a first-hand look at how volunteers care for injured sea turtles and gain insight on their research to curb animal illness.

beach sand with two seagulls next to the ocean
Sombrero Beach Road, Marathon, FL 33050

Sombrero Beach

A local favorite, this sandy, handicap-accessible beach contains a playground, volleyball court, and other family-friendly amenities.

underwater coral reef with person snorkeling and yellow fish
Marathon, FL 33050

Sombrero Reef and Lighthouse

Set sail for Vaca Key’s outer banks, moor next to a 160-year-old skeletal lighthouse, and snorkel among coral fingers and tropical sea life.

aerial view of the seven mile bridge with green blue water and blue sky
Mile Marker 47, Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL 33050

Seven Mile Bridge

One of the longest bridges in the world upon its completion in 1982, this famous span connects the Middle and Lower Keys.