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Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge

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Cedar Key, FL
+1 352-493-0238
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Stop at headquarters in Chiefland first. Lots to see and learn. Home to the Cedar Key lighthouse on Seahorse Key.

The headquarters itself is a fantastic stop where I always spend too much time talking to the... read more

Reviewed 18 October 2017
Quaint area

We had fun at the little beach area. When the tide goes out there are some great finds. Crabs... read more

Reviewed 10 July 2017
Jeanna R
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Thirteen offshore islands designated as wilderness areas offer spectacular and rare viewing for birding and wildlife enthusiasts.
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“seahorse key” (6 reviews)
“atsena otie” (5 reviews)
“real florida” (3 reviews)
Cedar Key, FL
+1 352-493-0238
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Reviewed 18 October 2017

The headquarters itself is a fantastic stop where I always spend too much time talking to the ranger. They are some of the most enthusiastic, knowledgeable people! So, detour and pass by here first. Then you'll learn more about the refuge and what to expect....More

1  Thank Selkie9
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

We had fun at the little beach area. When the tide goes out there are some great finds. Crabs, horseshoe crabs, hermit crabs, shells, etc. The water is super warm and not much relief from the heat. But a nice beach area, and kayak rentals...More

Thank Jeanna R
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Great hikes and the views are wonderful. Many of the trails are sand so be ready. Lots of wildlife if you keep a sharp eye out.

Thank 109JohnD
Reviewed 10 April 2017

Many walking paths let you get to different areas of the reserve. Watch out for alligators and snakes by staying on the paths and making noise. The birds are varied and beautiful.

1  Thank islandtina
Reviewed 5 April 2017

A beautiful hiking trail winds its way through wooded land and I saw fossilized bird tracks in the shallow water by the dock -- the place wasn't crowded at all when we went and I got a prize-winning photo of a guy throwing his fishing...More

1  Thank teri m
Reviewed 29 March 2017

This is what Florida should be, natural and filled with birds, wildlife and flowers. If you are in this area, don't miss a visit to the national wildlife refuges. We paddles out to Atsena Otie Key and also paddled around the various inlets on cedar...More

Thank Janna64
Reviewed 19 March 2017

If you love the REAL Florida I grew up with, you must visit this refuge. March and April are the BEST! Try early AM to really hear the birds singing and active. Later in the days ANS during the summer bring your bug repellent! But...More

Thank bofftckcc
Reviewed 16 February 2017

A lovely island with a short walk to a cemetery/memorial, land on the north side and follow the boardwalk. We were viciously assaulted by mosquitoes which kind of destroyed the tranquility..... The beach is beautiful and it is a very short kayak paddle from the...More

Thank Christopher C
Reviewed 18 January 2017

My daughter and I rented kayaks and paddled out to the island. We hiked the trail back to the cemetery, very interesting.

1  Thank Ann H
Reviewed 31 December 2016

This chain of small islands off Cedar Key are a paddler’s paradise. From several launch sites on Cedar Key, you can paddle out to historic Atsena Otie Key (once a major population center; now abandoned) or other keys. These islands played small but interesting roles...More

3  Thank cdub333
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Response from Ken E | Reviewed this property |
If you are talking about launching kayaks, there are several beach areas with good launch opportunities. There is a paved motorboat launch ramp in town near the waterfront restaurants (you can't miss it.) Be sure to go to... More
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Response from Maria S | Reviewed this property |
There absolutely are other things to do besides hiking. Boat tours of the other keys, tour of Lower Suwannee, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, air boats, and all the fishing you could dream about. One service you may not have... More