Enjoy the natural rhythm of island time and explore our islands where hundreds of species of birds and animals make their home. From sunrise to sunset, a stroll along the shorelines and marshes reveals the ongoing cycles of the Nature Coast.
And after your visit, please fill out a Visitor Survey card, available at most establishments. Or use our online Visitor Survey form.
- Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge
- A group of restricted access islands in the Gulf of Mexico. Includes a major seabird rookery and an 1850´s lighthouse on Florida´s highest coastal elevation. Boats are available at Cedar Key.
- Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve
- A unique scrub habitat on the mainland offers walking and birdwatching, few marked trails.
- Cedar Key Museum State Park
- Established in 1962 and dedicated to St. Clair Whitman who operated the first museum in Cedar Key. Most of Mr. Whitman´s collections are displayed in the museum. These collections include exhibits on the Timucuan Indians, antique glassware, old bottles, a very complete collection of sea shells, items from the pencil manufacturing days, fiber broom and brush manufacturing, and photographs of old Cedar Key.
- Shell Mound Park
- A prehistoric Indian mound and nature trail off Highway 347 on CR 326 outside Cedar Key offers camping, boat ramp, and picnicking. Call 352-221-4466 for more information.
- Manatee Springs State Park
- A Florida first magnitude spring, offers diving, swimming, picnicking, boat ramp, canoe rentals, and an elevated boardwalk through primordial cypress wetlands into the historic Suwannee River.
- Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge
- A new 40,000 acre refuge, offers nature driving and hiking trails for wildlife observation and photography and access to the famous Suwannee River.
- Friends of the Lower Suwannee and Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges
- Visit the web site for Friends and Volunteers of Cedar Key and Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuges to see what sort of special activities and talks are planned for each month highlighting the two refuges and the Cedar Key area's natural offerings. Also find out what opportunities are available for volunteering.
- Waccassassa Bay State Preserve
- A 31,000 acre limited access preserve between Yankeetown and Cedar Key offers access to canoeists and campers for both freshwater and saltwater fishing, photography and historic site exploration.
- Cedar Key Historical Museum
- Explore Cedar Key's rich history in it's Historical Museum. Located on State Road 24 and 2nd Street in downtown Cedar Key, the Lutterloh Building and Andrews House are home to exhibits detailing the picturesque village's history dating back to prehistoric times. Exhibits include Native American artifacts, the 2nd Seminole Indian War, John Muir's Journey, Cedar Pencil Industry, Seafood and Clam Industry, Florida Railroad and Donax Broom Manufacturing.
- Cedar Key Railroad Trestle Nature Trail
- The trail's path is an easy walk beneath towering pines, beside aromatic cedars, and among dozens of varieties of plants and wildlife. Each season offers a new vista of the trail, bringing an ever-changing host of wildlife and offers a host of opportunities for photographers and artists. The trail is located off State Road 24 on Grove Street and is open from dusk to dawn.
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