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Pigeon Key

#10 of 49 things to do in Marathon Features Animals
1 Knights Key Blvd, Marathon, FL 33050-2002
+1 305-743-5999
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Helicopter Flight Over Pigeon Key with Optional Sombrero Lighthouse Tour
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The island of Pigeon Key was once the home of the workers who built the Overseas Railway. Today it is operated by the Pigeon Key Foundation, a 501(c) not for profit organization, that runs daily historical tours of the island. Visit our website for more information about taking a tour!
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1 Knights Key Blvd, Marathon, FL 33050-2002
+1 305-743-5999

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We skipped out on the history tour early to do some more snorkeling (bring your own equipment) around the dock, but enjoyed hearing about Flagler's early life on the first part of the tour. The snorkeling was surprising good - there are a TON of...More

Thank jtdidden
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I visited Pidgeon Key yesterday and had a great time. Reit, the tour guide, was knowledgeable and friendly, and we learned quite a bit about the history of the local area. The tour length was just long enough. I can see younger...More

Thank ccpiper
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to visit. If you are headed south towards KW, it will be on your left hand side. You need to pull in when you see Knights Key Campground right before you leave Marathon. You want see it from the road (until you pass...More

Thank Billy D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is a fun little stop. An old railroad car from the Flagler Rail time( might be a reproduction) The staff was friendly and they had some nice art work for sale. The prices were reasonable.

Thank Shelley M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were looking for something interesting to do while we were in Marathon, and were very happy that we decided to visit Pigeon Key. It is a historical site – you get the story of the construction of the railroad link from Miami to Key...More

Thank Matthew G
Reviewed 17 May 2017

Definitely check out the ferry tour on Pigeon Key, which is $12/person roundtrip for adult passengers. Interesting history tour by a volunteer guide with some nice tidbits about Flagler and the origins of the railroad in the area, also a nice boat ride over to...More

1  Thank acousticplanet
Reviewed 13 May 2017

I lived on Pigeon Key for a few weeks back in the 1980's and decided to take the kids to the visitor center / gift shop. Turns out they offer ferry rides out to Pigeon key every few hours. People go to snorkel, fish and...More

2  Thank tktm
Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

They offer this two hour tour to this island we used to always pass and wondered about. We went into the railroad museum on A1A but have to get the two hour tour onto the key plan ahead and don't just stop by the tours...More

1  Thank bicycle53
Reviewed 28 April 2017 via mobile

Little pullout on side of hwy. Not much there tiny island. The hwy is a 2 lane which causes slow traffic. If you are traveling from Miami to the keys allow extra time...More

1  Thank Deborah
PigeonKeyStaff, Public Relations Manager at Pigeon Key, responded to this reviewResponded 29 April 2017

Hi Deborah, I'm not sure which pullout you drove past/parked but we have a visitor center located on Knights Key, a large red train car. The ferries that go to and from Pigeon Key dock up directly behind our visitor center. Next time you are...More

Reviewed 27 April 2017 via mobile

Rating this the best stop between key Largo and Key West Price is reasonable -$12.00/person for a great boat ride under the 7 mile bridge and the old bridge and a tour of the island with a docent to give the history of the camp...More

3  Thank Nan J
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Veronica A
How long can you stay on island? Would like to do guided tour and then snorkel and picnic.
24 May 2017|
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Response from PigeonKeyStaff | Property representative |
Hi Veronica, the ferry boat departs our gift shop at 10am, 12pm, and 2pm which coincide with our historical tours. The last ferry leaves Pigeon Key at 4pm. The historical tour usually last about 1 hour which leaves... More
does the $12 admission include the ferry ?
4 November 2016|
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Response from PigeonKeyStaff | Property representative |
Hi harwoodIan, yes the $12 includes admission to the island, the ferry service to and from the island, and a guided historical tour. Feel free to give our gift shop a call at 305-743-5999 if you have any other questions or... More
Can you arrive and depart on your own personal boat?
27 September 2016|
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Response from PigeonKeyStaff | Property representative |
Yes you can! The island is open every day from 10am-4pm with historical tours operating at 10am, 12pm, and 2pm. The cost to access the island is still $12 per person, $9 for Monroe County residents, and children under 5 are... More