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    The Florida Hurricaine Memorial

    by grasshopper_6 Updated Nov 30, 2013

    The so called "memorial day" hurricaine in 1935 was among the strongest ever to make landfall in Florida and was pretty close to a direct hit on Islamorada.The memorial is not such a cheery place, but memorializes an important chapter in Florida's history. The site has historic plaques and some nice art work. The remains of approximately 190 victims of the storm are interred here.

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    The Rain Barrel Artisan Village

    by grasshopper_6 Written Nov 30, 2013

    The Rain Barrel is another example of how businesses in the keys are not always as they appear from the road. Many visitors will recall driving by the giant lobster sculpture on the west side of the Overseas Highway. Walk around "Betsey" the giant lobster and through the souvenir shop façade and you will find an extensive artists village selling everything from cheap trinkets through sculpture and fine jewelry. There is also a café which is famous for its participation in creating the worlds largest key-lime pie!

    Betsey the giant lobster and sign from the road The hidden interior of the Rain Barrel Artisan Vil Another lobster shot sign from the road Cafe
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    Fossil Reef Geological State Park

    by grasshopper_6 Updated Nov 30, 2013

    The Florida keys rock! This park was originally a limestone quarry from the early 20th century. The walls of the quarry provide a visible cross section of the fossilized coral making up the ground beneath. There are over a mile of trails through hardwood hammocks, some historic mining equipment and environmental exhibits to see. All in all a very nice park for a picnic, photography and the like. Admission is $ 2.50. Bring bug spray

    sign from the road quarry walls old rail car Pleasant spot on the hardwood hammock trail Restored railway system
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    Paddle Islamorada with Aquaholic Adventures

    by SarahEcho Written Nov 19, 2012

    If you're staying near Islamorada, Travernier, or Key Largo and looking for something active and explore the islands, I would defnitely recommend Aquaholic Adventures at Post Card Inn/Holiday Isle. They have great hourly and day rentals for standup paddleboards, kayaks, and also give private tours and lessons. Have a family member who doesn't feel up to the exercise? Your party gets free access to the private beach on property at Holiday Isle. No boundaries where you can take the rentals, so great for exploring! We saw sharks, turtles, stingray and a manatee!

    A must do if you like to be active and see the natural habitat!

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    theater of the sea

    by doug48 Updated Jan 1, 2012

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    established in 1947 the theater of the sea is one of the oldest tourist attractions in the keys. this water park was originally a limestone quarry for the constuction of flager's overseas railroad. because of the varied activities at the park you can easily spend all day here. they have dolphin shows, snorkel charters, and a private beach. they also have three pools where you can swim with bottlenosed dolphins, sea lions, and sting rays. to swim in these pools you must pay an addtional admission. check the attached website for prices.

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    diving and fishing

    by Nikkimiller3 Written Jul 22, 2011

    This key is best known for charter fish and diving weather its reefs or wreaks , they have it all. The dive charter Company is located right on the main road. There is a little cafe located right next to the dive boat area , and moderately priced between 7-9 dollars. Or for the sit down type there is a restaurant behind the dive shop a little higher priced around 12-18dollars, both offer good food and very convenient before the all day charters. only the restaurant offers dinner in case your waiting before a night dive.

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    Theater of the Sea

    by Ericasmurf99 Updated Mar 17, 2009

    It's certainly not as big as Sea World, but it is still a great way to spend an afternoon. The schedule of shows run right after the other, so you are always doing something. If you follow the exact order you'll begin with the guided tour of marine life exhibits (fish, sharks, turtles, aligators), the parrot show, the dolphin show, the sea lion show, and then the bottomless boat ride. It is so amazing what the animals have learned to do. Some of my favorite things were watching a parrot count, watching dolphins pretend to be sharks, and watching the sea lion stick out his tongue at the audience.

    Theater of the Sea also offers swim with dolphin/sea lion programs. My mother and I participated with the dolphin swim and yes, it is worth the money. Dolphins are very gentle, yet strong.

    Sea Lion Show Entrance Guide feeding sharks Parrot Show Dolphin Show
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    Theatre of the Sea

    by cjg1 Updated Feb 2, 2009

    Theatre of the Sea is a small animal marine park. The park has lagoons, dolphins, stingrays, sea lions, sharks,alligators and birds. The shows are educational and well as fun. There are also programs where you can swim with the dolphins and hand feed them. It takes about an hour or so to see everything at the Theatre of the Sea.

    Admission for anyone over 11 years old is $25.95. Ages 3-10 is $18.95, 2 and younger is free. I think the admission is a bit on the pricey side for what you're getting...I'd go to Sea World instead.

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    hurricane monument

    by doug48 Written Nov 2, 2008

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    this monument built out of local keys stone was originally a brass plaque commemorating the people that died in the 1935 hurricane. this memorial was built on the site of the matecume school which was totally destroyed in the 1935 hurricane. this monument is listed on the national register of historic places. for those interested in florida history it is worth a look.

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    windley key geological state park

    by doug48 Written Nov 2, 2008

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    the windley key geological state park is located at the site of one of henry flagler's rock quarries that were used to build the overseas railroad. at the quarry you can see fossilized coral and some of the equipment used to extract the stone. fossilized coral is also known as "keys stone" and is a popular building material in south florida. for those interested in geology and florida history this is a worth while place to visit.

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    holiday isle beach

    by doug48 Written Nov 2, 2008

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    the holiday isle beach is the nicest beach in islamorada. this beach is privately owned but open to patrons of holiday isle. you do not have to be a guest at the holiday isle hotel to use the beach just buy a drink from one of the beach bars and you can spend all day at the beach.

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    holiday isle tiki bar

    by doug48 Written Nov 2, 2008

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    pictured is the tiki bar at holiday isle. this "world famous" bar is a very popular party spot in the florida keys. on weekends the holiday isle is jam packed with tourists and people from miami who drink all day and night at the holiday isle tiki bar. i did not make this a nightlife tip because this bar is open almost 24 hours a day.

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    off shore fishing

    by doug48 Updated Nov 2, 2008

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    pictured is a nice bull dolphin (mahi mahi) i caught off shore from islamorada a number of years ago. if you do not have your own boat you can charter a off shore fishing trip at a number of marinas in islamorada.

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    off shore fishing

    by doug48 Written Nov 2, 2008

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    pictured is a nice black fin tuna i caught in islamorada a number of years ago. they can be cooked as tuna steaks or boiled for tuna salad. fresh boiled tuna really beats the stuff you buy in a can. there are numerous marinas in islamorada where you can book off shore fishing charters.

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    holiday isle marina

    by doug48 Written Nov 2, 2008

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    islamorada is famous for it's excellent off shore fishing. at the holiday isle marina you can charter off shore fishing boats for half and full day fishing trips. depending on the time of the year you can catch marlin, sailfish, tuna, dolphin (mahi mahi), wahoo, sharks, and barracuda.

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    Nov 19, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    I would definitely recommend Aquaholic Adventures behind Post Card Inn at Holiday Isle. Not only do you get free access to the private beach, but they offer great rates for standup paddleboard rentals, kayak rentals and tours. Awesome area with no restriction to explore! http://aquaholicadventures.com

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