Marine Mammal Aquatic Entrance

Wow, what a beautiful gate I found by cruising down a side road! Every trip to Key West I choose 3 or 4 new side roads to take not knowing what’s around the next curve. This was one of the bonus streets for sure.

As you can see, the gate is spectacular and worth a short trip down a side street. The dolphin gates stand out once rounding the curve and will surely grab your eye. I pulled the car over and started snapping away with close-ups of each dolphin and of both in the same frame.

Find time on your next visit to spend 3-minutes as you hunt down this attraction and take your souvenir photos. You can see this marine mammal aquatic entrance at Mile Marker 14.3 on US-1 oceanside. Turn on Blue Water Drive sitting about 1/16 of a mile on the left. Say hi to Flipper for me! :-)

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Dive Center Shark Head

I’ve passed this a HUNDRED TIMES only noticing the incredibly beautiful murals that are painted around the entire building. Your eyes are first drawn to the murals but upon further inspection you’ll see this ‘Jaws’-looking sharks front portion of a body protruding from the roof. It really looks COOL up close!

There’s another one similar in Key West itself but this is the first one I’ve found up & down the Keys. You can find this terror of the deep high above the Dive Center Outlet in Key Largo next to the Chamber Of Commerce at Mile Marker 106.0 bayside of US-1.

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Eagle Nests (set of 3)

On your way down the Keys you might ask yourself “What are those?” Don’t worry mi amigos, I’ll clue you in!

Here sandwiched between Surprise Lake & Manatee Bridge are 3 sets of posts (6 total). Raising high into the air perched above for all to see are these manmade nesting towers for our nations national symbol “Bald Eagle”… or any other bird that may chose to occupy these free perches.

You can find these nesting ‘Rest Areas’ for weary foul at Mile Marker 111.5 oceanside of US-1 just north of Key Largo on what’s called the 18-Mile Stretch.

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Sundowner’s FREE Tarpon

Want to find a great FREE place to bring the entire family on your next Florida Keys adventure?

Come by and see wild Tarpon swimming around the base of this dock awaiting their next hand out. Yes, it’s really FREE, unlike another place further down the Keys that charges $1 per person to walk on their dock. The water here is very clear and shallow only measuring 3-4 feet deep along its dock. Oh yeah, I almost for forgot to tell you… NO FISHING! That would be so unfair being they’re hand-fed daily and wouldn’t know the difference.

You can find these giant Tarpon roaming freely dockside along with many other great tourist photo-ops located in the Sundowner Complex at Mile Marker 104.0 bayside in Key Largo.

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Most Outstanding Citizen Park

Welcome to Key West’s smallest park! Located behind this spear-tipped black wrought iron fence is a very unique type of park indeed. Mr Norberg Thompson was evidently at one point Key West’s ‘Most Outstanding Citizen’ and had a park named after him. If you plan on seeing this oddity of a park don’t bring a picnic basket or even a blanket because there’s absolutely NO PLACE to sit your butt down to relax!

Since you’re here, within 5 feet of this are two more previously blogged attractions: Clock Tower, Beautiful City Hall Gates.

You can find this park dedicated to citizenship at the old city hall building located behind the World Famous Sloppy Joe’s Bar on Greene Street here in sunny Key West just 1/2 block up from Duval Street.

         

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Long Key’s Canoe Trail

IMG_0908A canoe trail, are you kidding me! I’ve been on dozens on nature trails throughout the Florida Keys but NEVER once have I seen a canoe trail in my entire life. Even if you don’t rent one of their canoes, walk out onto the long pier for yet another fantastic view!

You can find this rare ‘Canoe Trail’ inside the Long Key State Park at Mile Marker 67.7 oceanside. There’s a fee schedule per car load of people to enter the park, $4.5o for one and $6 for two.

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Family Friendly Oceanfront Park

IMG_0885As if this place wasn’t good enough! After a 14 month renovation this park is better than ever having a little bit of everything for everyone.

If you’re looking for a great FREE place to take your family for an oceanfront picnic filled with beautiful surrounding and plenty to do… then this family oriented park is for you! It doesn’t matter if you’re here for the sunbathing, swimming, playground, pier, covered picnic areas, or cookout, you’ll feel well at home here at this clean, oceanfront, family friendly park enjoying our Florida sunshine.

You can find this family oriented child friendly park at Mile Marker 50.1 on US-1 oceanside. Turn onto Sombrero Beach Road driving down 2 miles on left where you’ll find the incredible Wanda Switlik Park.

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