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Pigeon Key Foundation

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2010 Overseas Highway, Marathon, FL 33050-2129
+1 305-743-5999
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US$ 89.99*
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Helicopter Flight Over Pigeon Key with Optional Sombrero Lighthouse Tour
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The island of Pigeon Key is a historic 5-acre island located in the heart of the Florida Keys! It was once the home of over 400 workers who built the Overseas Railway from Miami to Key West. Today, the island is operated by the Pigeon Key Foundation, a 501(c)-3 not for profit organization. Our Visitor's Center, which is the address listed, is where our daily historical tours depart from at 10am, 12pm, and 2pm. We also operate a Marine Science Center on the island, school groups from all over the world come to Pigeon Key to be immersed in the ocean environment found right around the island. Visit our website or call our gift shop for more information about taking a tour!
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
2010 Overseas Highway, Marathon, FL 33050-2129
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Pigeon Key was the base for the workers who built the overseas railroad. This is a great outing to learn a bit about local history and enjoy views from the tiny island. Access is currently only by ferry boat. Two hours suffices for the tour...More

Thank Kristen S
Reviewed 17 August 2017

We stopped by Pigeon Key on a whim one day but unfortunately weren't able to stay because a camp was going on. We were able to eat our lunch before we got back on the boat but it was a great little key for a...More

Thank Jennifer C
Reviewed 18 July 2017 via mobile

We did the 2 p.m. tour and took the ferry over to the island we had Carol as the tour guide she was very informative.. she did a very good job of describing flagler's history and the formation of the train railway and the pigeon...More

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Reviewed 9 July 2017 via mobile

We visited Pigeon Key and had a great time. All the staff we spoke to were friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. It was a very pleasant couple of hours. The snorkelling under the pier was unfortunately not possible due to the 11 private boats that arrived...More

Thank Expatmum1
Reviewed 7 July 2017

Fascinating history of the building of the seven mile bridge given by docent who is very knowledgeable. Good to stay for picnics, I even did some snorkeling there. Had my three grandchildren, ages 4 and under 2. They had a great time!

Thank carolantom
Reviewed 6 July 2017 via mobile

We were pleasantly surprised with the snorkeling here. We were looking for a beach snorkel, and found a great adventure. Under the dock, the fish are abundant and stacked. It was like swimming in an aquarium! Saw a parade of parrot fish, several barracudas, snooks,...More

Thank slattgirl
Reviewed 18 June 2017 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 13 June 2017 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 13 June 2017 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 8 June 2017

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
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Linda B
24 July 2017|
Response from PigeonKeyStaff | Property representative |
Hi Linda, the only dogs we allow on the island are service dogs. No pets are allowed on the island. We have an island cat and have had issues in the past with dogs harassing native bird life. I apologize for the... More
Veronica A
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
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