Of all the Florida Keys, I knew there had to be lots of things to do in Marathon Florida because I’d heard about it the most and we couldn’t wait to get there as a family. This is part #4 of our Florida beaches series, so be sure to also read Things to Do in West Palm Beach, Miami Beach with Kids, and the family guide to Islamorada Florida Keys. Keep reading to see which incredible things to do in Marathon Florida are best for families and the adventure we stumbled into. Enjoy all the photography throughout and our adventure video at the end!
Things to do in Marathon Florida
We found the best things to do in Marathon Florida and can’t wait to share our travel secrets with you. Marathon, Florida is a 10-mile-long, family-oriented island community conveniently situated right in the middle of Islamorada, Florida and Key West, Florida. Marathon has a longstanding fishing heritage, an old-Keys lifestyle, unwavering seafaring traditions, and one of the Keys’ most marine-friendly cities with nearly 1,200 wet slips and 1,200 dry slips We found it to be a low-key vacation spot with small hotels, beachside inns, and family-style resorts with waterside restaurants that harvest fresh fish, lobster and stone crab claws from local waters.
We stopped to discover Marathon as part of a travel article for Okefenokee Living Magazine. Our thanks go to The Florida Keys & Key West Visitors Bureau and the venues below for hosting us. As always, my opinions are my own.
#1 Discover the famous Seven Mile Bridge
For the love of all things holy, make sure to travel the seven-mile bridge at leisure so that you can take in all its beautiful glory. Completely surrounded by water and part of the Overseas Highway, the seven-mile bridge is a beauty to behold. The modern bridge includes room to pull over and capture many glances, photos, and video of the perfectly green water. The old seven-mile railroad bridge can be viewed from the modern one and is a great reminder that dreamers can certainly make things happen.
#2 Be a beachcomber at Sombrero Beach
Since we were on the hunt for Florida beaches along the east coast on this trip, we were dying to see what Marathon, Florida beaches were like. A local told us about Sombrero Beach and told us it was part of a nice, clean city park. Located in the midst of what appeared to be a very nice residential area, we found Sombrero Beach to be a slightly bustling little place with a family-friendly vibe.
One of the best things to do in Marathon Florida is to take the family to Sombrero Beach as early in the morning as possible before everyone else arrives. This sandy beach is open from 7:30 a.m. until dusk and has handicap accessibility, picnic pavilions, restrooms, and showers.
#3 Visit Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters
Our of our very favorite things to do in Marathon Florida is spend the day at Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters. Seriously, our time there was so relaxed yet heart-pounding, safe but thrilling that I honestly didn’t want to leave. This aquarium is a marine life facility with diving, snorkeling & feeding activities, with touch tanks, tours & even its own cafe. It features a stunning coral reef exhibit and a predatory fish habitat housed in a 200,000-gallon interconnected saltwater aquarium.
Visitors can enjoy an immersive, interactive experience where they can touch, feel and feed reef fish, invertebrates, stingrays and even sharks. Like us, you can interact with sea life like stingrays, tarpon, starfish, queen conch, horseshoe crab and then hand feed sharks!
#4 Enjoy Marathon Restaurants
Dinner at the Lighthouse Grill at Faro Blanco in Marathon, Florida was a special surprise. We enjoyed exceptional service from a fabulous waiter and a delightfully unique waterfront atmosphere. In the shadow of the historic Faro Blanco lighthouse, the marina view as the sun set behind the palm trees in the distance was breathtaking. I couldn’t wait to walk the gorgeous property including the lengthy boardwalk of the marina. It’s true… there’s something special about a sunset in the Florida Keys.
I hope this list of 4 things to do in Marathon Florida has been helpful and assists you in planning a family vacation in the Florida Keys of your very own. You’ll find our adventure video below and links to all places below. Enjoy!
Which things to do in Marathon Florida are you most excited about? Have you been to Marathon Florida Keys? Share your thoughts below!
PLACES TO VISIT IN MARATHON FLORIDA
Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters: 11710 Overseas Highway, Marathon FL
Lighthouse Grill at Faro Blanco: 1996 Overseas Highway, Marathon FL
Sombrero Beach: Sombrero Beach Rd, Marathon, FL
For more Islamorada Florida Keys information, visit The Florida Keys & Key West
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