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I was so excited that it was finally our family’s chance to discover the best things to do in Marathon Florida Keys and report back to you! I know it’s nerve-wracking as a Mom to travel that far south and not know if the long trip will be worth it and family friendly. That’s why I do what I do! If you’ve been tagging along, this is part #4 in our Florida beaches tour as we’d been on the hunt to find the best East Coast Florida beaches from North Florida all the way to Key West. Be sure to read the following Florida beaches reviews first to catch up on our trip: Things to Do in West Palm Beach, Miami Beach with Kids, and the family guide to Islamorada Florida Keys. We’ve had fun gathering the best things to do in Florida so your family won’t waste time on things that are boring or not so family friendly. Enjoy all of our photos and video about the best things we found to do in Marathon Florida Keys below.
THINGS TO DO IN MARATHON FLORIDA BACKSTORY
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 honest Southern opinions are my own.
Yet, there’s another reason I was very excited to take a week-long Florida Key family vacation. A part of a military family, we were stationed in Key West, Florida when I was very young and I barely remember traveling the iconic seven mile bridge to go back and forth between the Keys and Georgia to visit my grandparents. I was thrilled to find the best things to do in Marathon Florida with my own little family and can’t wait to share our travel secrets with you.
Marathon, Florida itself is a petite, 10-mile-long, family-oriented island community conveniently situated right in-between 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.
MARATHON FLORIDA FAQS
These are the most commonly asked questions about a Marathon, Florida family vacation below:
How far is Marathon Key from Miami?
I would say that if you drive from Miami, Florida to Marathon, Florida non-stop, it’s about 110 miles, and depending on traffic would take just over two hours.
How far is it from Marathon to Key West?
Driving from Marathon, Florida to Key West, Florida is approximately 50 miles.
What Florida Key is Marathon located on?
Marathon is located in the midst of what’s known as the Middle Keys of Monroe County, which are small remote keys that are home to mostly nature and wildlife: Knight’s Key, Boot Key, Key Vaca, Fat Deer Key, Long Point Key, Crawl Key and the Grassy Key islands.
Which airport is closest to Marathon?
OUR FAVORITE FAMILY FRIENDLY THINGS TO DO IN MARATHON FLORIDA
#1 DISCOVER THE 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. It sounds like it would take forever, but it’ll be over before you know it! 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 photos and video of the perfectly clear 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 BEACHCOMB 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 ENCOUNTER
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 must-see 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!
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