Not all tourist destinations need to be large. Some of the greatest experiences come in small packages—like Duck Key Island in the Florida Keys. Are you wanting to explore this exciting city?
From its humble beginnings to its lively fishing community, there is something for all. The island wasn’t inhabited until 1950s when it was a combination between a luxury resort and a private residential area. Prior to this, it was a salt mining area. And the charm of this small town has stayed.
Good news—there are plenty of adventures that await you! Keep reading to learn more about beach activities and more for your exciting vacation!
1. Dolphin Connection
Do you dream of swimming with dolphins? If so, you need to check out Dolphin Connection, where you can train, feed, and swim with bottlenose dolphins at Hawks Cay. This is a one-of-a-kind facility that also offers free daily dolphin viewing. You can see dolphins starting at 10 a.m. and every 90 minutes after.
There is a small teacher to tourist ratio, so your kids can ask as many questions as their heart desires. There are not a lot of participants at a time, so this is an intimate experience with no big theme park crowds.
2. Calm Waters Spa
Do you need a break and want to relax? You can drop your kids off at the Indies Club, where they can do crafts, go swimming, and sail on Tiki boats. They can also hang out with and meet kids their own age at Kids Night Out parties. These activities are more than babysitting services, as your kids will have an awesome, memorable experience.
While your kids are having a great time, you can get some need self-indulgent treatment. Sweat out those extra vacation calories at the fitness center or zone out in a lounge chair. You can try a Key Lime Body Treatment or perhaps a Deep Ocean Facial. Then take a dip in the candlelit whirlpool, dry sauna, or eucalyptus steam room.
3. Ultimate Helitours
How about a birdseye view of these beautiful waters surrounding Duck Key and Hawk’s Cay? Take to the sky and embrace the stunning vistas and colors during your magical aerial experience. You can choose to ride at sunset or sunrise for even more glorious colors.
Nothing is quite like the aquamarine water of the Florida Keys, so visit this website today for an exhilarating experience.
4. Sundance Water Sports
Check out some of the best water sports including kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, jet skiing, and Segway tours are just a few of the mainstays. If you never tried these sports, no worries—there are plenty of teachers to help you learn. Just be sure you relax and enjoy—but hold on, because this is an exhilarating experience!
5. Dive Duck Key
Do you want to dive and check out the coral reefs? If so, you must visit Dive Duck Key located in the heart of the Florida Keys. It is a full-service retail shop with all the scuba diving gear. Go out on the dive boat, the Seafari in the Hawks Cay Resort.
You can get to your destination quickly and immerse yourself in the middle of the Keys in no time. The coral reef off of Duck Key is about three miles from the dock. You can check out up to 30 various dive spots off Duck Key.
6. Charter Fishing
Take out a charter fishing charter with friendly, professional captains. You can find various ships out there with very competitive rates. All boats have live bait and light tackle. You can find various boat sizes that accommodate anywhere from one to three anglers.
Children are also welcome on these adventures. No need to be a great fisherman, as they will help you pull in the fish. Most have guarantees that if you don’t get a fish, you won’t have to pay.
7. The Marina
Drive to Hawks Cay, or you can take a yacht there. You can then use any of the resort’s five pools, restaurants, or other facilities in between your fishing or diving excursions.
Want to see what fish are out there? Go to the Marina at sunset so you can see what the fishermen have for the catch of the day. You can also take a sunset tour at the Marina to relax as the waves sway and you get your fill of cocktails.
8. Seven Mile Bridge
Take a jog, walk, drive, or cycle across one of North America’s longest bridges. This bridge has one of the most scenic ocean views around. The Old Seven Mile Bridge connects Marathon to the Southern Keys.
There are several photo opportunities begging for you to grab your phone or camera. You can travel along the Overseas Highway as you marvel at this modern engineering. If you go the entire distance, keep going to Pigeon Key to admire this snaking bridge in the distance.
You can also go at sunset to admire these large concrete portions of the bridge glow in the amber light. Look for the small arc at the center of the bridge—it peaks at 65 feet so taller boats can travel beneath.
Rent a bicycle at the northern end of the bridge and cycle the 2.2-mile section to Pigeon Key. This ride will show you lots of historical information along the original tracks that were part of the Overseas Railroad.
Your Adventure Awaits in Duck Key
Duck Key is a great way to escape everyday life and enjoy some of the finer things. Take part in some water sports, swim with dolphins, go diving, check out the historic Seven Mile Bridge, or just relax on the beach. You won’t be overwhelmed by big crowds, so you can truly enjoy your time.
Want more ideas on Florida activities? Check out our Travel section for some other great travel advice. Bon Voyage!