Stuff to do in Cedar Key
Cedar Key is known for its laid back atmosphere and beautiful vistas. But most people aren't aware of the variety of things to do in Cedar Key! If you enjoy the water, wildlife, history, or dining, you are in for a treat!
Boating, Fishing, and Birding Info
Originally known as the best spot for fishing on Florida's Big Bend, Cedar Key is most recently known for its farm-raised sweet clams. In fact, we are the largest provider of clams in Florida. The fishing is still terrific - but if your catch is a little light, there's always delicious clams to fall back on.
- References and Rules
- Cedar Key Weather Data: Station CDRF1 - Cedar Key, FL
- Boating Rules are available on MyFWC.com - Florida's Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
- Buy your fishing license online!
- Bird watching information and list of typical Cedar Key birds.
- Tours and Guides
- Tidewater Tours
- You are invited to experience the pristine waters surrounding Cedar Key and the Cedar Keys and Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuges. We offer Cedar Key Island Tours, Suwannee River Tours, Coastal Estuary Tours, and Special Birding Tours. History, Environmental Education, Numerous Birds, and Bottle Nose Dolphin are a part of nearly every trip.
- Voyles Guide Service offers "Reel Therapy" the custom built 24' "Old Pro" with licensed and insured U.S. Coast Guard Master Captain, Captain Voyles and let him guide your way with flats fishing, big game fishing, and reef fishing.
- Wild Florida Kayak Tours
- Explore Florida's scenic Gulf Coast over glistening shallow water among coastal islands often rimmed by white sandy beaches. Knowledgeable guides will introduce you to the estuaries at a leisurely pace with time to explore beaches and tidal creeks. View birds and other wildlife that are abundant throughout the Lower Suwannee Refuge and Big Bend area.
- Cedar Key Boat Rentals and Island Tours
- Whether you're looking for a tour of the islands or a boat to rent, check out Cedar Key Boat Rentals and Island Tours at the City Marina.
Dining, Drinking, and Shopping
Whether your fancy is fried fish, steamed clams and beer, paninis, or a 5 course meal - there is something to please every palate in Cedar Key.
- Restaurants/Bars in Cedar Key
- Island Hotel Restaurant
- Kona Joe's Island Cafe
- Black Dog Bar & Tables
- Island Pizzeria
- The Pickled Pelican of Cedar Key
- Cedar Key Canvas
- The Barefoot Artist Gallery
- Cedar Keys Emporium
- The Cedar Keyhole
Historic Cedar Key
Take some time to enjoy the history of Cedar Key and Old Florida.
- Cedar Key Museum
- Cedar Key Museum State Park is located on SW 166th Court - a nice bike ride from our condo. Learn about Cedar Key's historic past. This museum has a nice collection of sea shells and Indian artifacts.
- The Historical Society
- The Cedar Key Historical Society was established in 1977 by a group of citizens dedicated to preserving the long and rich history of Cedar Key. Our purpose is to encourage and foster interest in this history. The Society is a steward of the surrounding area, preserving its unique heritage.
- Shell Mound Unit
- The Shell Mound Unit of Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge is adjacent to Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge. This ancient feature was initially created by Archaic cultures. Its height was reached by the discarding the shells of their food source - oysters, clams, and other mollusks. over a 6,000 time span.
- Atsena Otie Trail
- Visitors will find a pier, time line information, toilet facility, shelling beach, and a walking trail to a 19th century cemetery. Accessible by water, Atsena Otie is about 1/2 mile off the main key (Way Key) in Cedar Key. Many take a kayak to enjoy the island.
They say Travis McGee is still in Cedar Key. We're not telling - but there have been plenty of articles and info written about Cedar Key over the years, below we'll share a few of our favorites:
- Cedar Key is at the end of the Road
- This small Florida town calls itself a city. Pretentious? Heck, when you live at the end of the road and are a throwback to a slower time then you can be whatever you want to be.
- Island Hotel and Restaurant History
- The Florida pioneers who settled Cedar Key made the building to last. They mixed oyster shell, limestone and sand to pour tabby walls 10 inches thick. Massive 12-inch oak beams were framed in the basement to support the wooden structure.
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Margarita Villa is a 3 bedroom vacation condo in Old Fenimore Mill in Cedar Key, Florida. Come see us!