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Pigeon Key Visitor’s Center

2010 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL 33050-2129
+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 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 Hwy, Marathon, FL 33050-2129
+1 305-743-5999
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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 Visitor’s Center, 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
Reviewed 26 April 2017

History, scenery, expert staff. this is a great way to spend a day. You will learn so much about how things used to be in the Keys. Nice staff and the best way to spend some money!

1  Thank travelercw2016
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Signed up for the boat to take us out to Pidgeon Key at the Rail Car Welcome Center at Knights Key. We called and got on the list about 3 hrs prior and glad we did. It filled up fast! Quite a story behind the...More

1  Thank conchwannabe
Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

I was expecting a ferry ride with a short presentation of Pigeon Key...Boy was I wrong! The tour lady- she didn't give us her name- was very knowledgeable about the island, Henry Flagger, and past times on the island. It was fascinating listening to her...More

1  Thank Julia M
Reviewed 8 April 2017

The tour and boat ride were worth the $12 and some..it was a two hour tour of buildings, the grounds of Pigeon Key and most of all, the history of Henry Flagler. I learned so much about this amazing man and what he accomplished. Karen...More

1  Thank Jl201504
Reviewed 5 April 2017 via mobile

The tour guide on our visit was Reit. She did a outstanding job. We were also able to interact with some students which was very interesting. Definitely take this tour

1  Thank Gregg Y
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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

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