The Florida Keys provides a family-friendly atmosphere for the perfect vacation when you need to get away from your home. Whether it is spending the day soaking up the sun at the famous Sombrero Beach within walking distance from the perfect vacation home or venturing out to observe the local wildlife, Marathon has plenty of activities to keep you and your kids entertained.
If you are still not convinced that Marathon is the perfect place for your family vacation, here are seven family-friendly activities to make the best of your holiday:
1. Sombrero Beach
Sombrero Beach is located within walking distance from our Salty Anglers home and is the perfect place to spend the day playing in the waves or building sandcastles. Sombrero Beach provides one of the best mangrove-free beaches in the Florida Keys. With the softest sand and beautiful turquoise water, Sombrero Beach is the perfect place for your children to break out their boogie boards and catch some gentle waves. Since the water is perfectly clear, it is an excellent place for the kids to snorkel and catch a glimpse of the local fish. It is also a great place to pack a picnic and enjoy listening to the waves while enjoying your lunch.
2. Fishing Charter
If you want to test your sea legs, Sweet E’Nuf Charters is a great way to experience Florida’s waters. This charter is an excellent experience for people of all ages and all experience levels, making it a great bonding experience with the kids. Depending on the time of year, your kids can reel in snapper, Mahi, tuna, and many other types of fish on this charter. Captain Dave Schugar will help plan the perfect charter for your family, ranging from seeking out the adventurous sailfish or a more relaxing tempo cruising the reefs. Sweet E’Nuf Charters will be able to provide the perfect fishing experience for your family. Make sure to visit their website to reserve your charter before your trip.
3. Dolphin Research Center
If you want to observe dolphins and sea lions in a natural environment, Dolphin Research Center is the perfect daytime activity for your family. You can spend the day partaking in interactive programs from the docks or seawater lagoons, watching educational presentations, or observing the many tropical birds on site. No matter how you spend the day at Dolphin Research Center, you will immerse in the beautiful Florida Keys environment.
4. Marathon Air Museum
If aviation is a family favorite, then the EAA Air Museum located in Marathon, Florida, is a perfect fit for you. This air museum is a unique collection of aviation memorabilia and planes. There may even be an opportunity for your kids to hop in the pilot’s seat and let their imagination run wild. It is a perfect budget-friendly activity for the kids to enjoy for a couple hours. For more information regarding hours of operation and admission rates, make sure to check out their website here.
5. Pigeon Key
Dive back into history by spending a day with the keys at Pigeon Key. This small island’s history dates back to the early 1900s when used as a camp for the workers who built the Key West Extension of the Florida East Coast Railway. The historic buildings which were once used to house workers are now used for educational classrooms. A museum is located on the island to view artifacts and learn about the people who once called the island home. There are tours available on foot or by ferry. After your tour, the family can enjoy a picnic and fish off the pier. There is plenty to do on this island to keep the kids entertained all day.
6. Theater of the Sea
If you want to immerse yourself in Florida’s wildlife, Theater of the Sea is a great way to catch up and close personal shows or immersive experiences with dolphins, sea turtles, stingrays, and more. Theater of the Sea is a short 40-minute drive to Islamorada along the picturesque US-1 Highway. Once you arrive, you have the option of watching trainers interact with playful dolphins and sea lions while educating the visitors on the importance of sea conservation. You can also enjoy a bottomless boat ride cruising alongside dolphins in the open lagoon. If you want a more intimate experience, you can book an ultimate swim with a dolphin. To learn more about Theater of the Sea, you can view their website here.
7. Visit the Tarpon at Robbie’s
It is impossible to leave the Florida Keys without a trip to Robbie’s Marina of Islamorada, known worldwide for its Tarpon feeding. Tarpons are large and powerful fish known for jumping out of the local waterways, and you and your family can hand-feed these incredible fish for a small fee at Robbie’s. If feeding the Tarpon is not your style, there is still plenty to do at Robbie’s. Local shops purchase souvenirs or enjoy fresh seafood (and a signature cocktail for the parents) at the Hungry Tarpon Restaurant.
No matter how you enjoy spending your time on vacation, Marathon is the perfect destination for your family. You and the kids will crave the relaxing environment of this beautiful rental property with a private, newly renovated pool while enjoying the stunning views of the intercoastal from the porch.
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