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Welcome to Cedar Key
With beautiful beaches, fantastic fishing opportunities and plenty of lush natural reserves, Cedar Key is a relaxing and old-fashioned vacation spot that lets you get back to basics. With the Gulf of Mexico lapping all around them, Cedar Key’s houses and stores ooze Old Florida charm, as do the cheerful locals who are lucky enough to call this tiny enclave, just an hour’s drive southwest of Gainesville, their home.
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Hotels in Cedar Key
Plantation on Crystal River
The Plantation on Crystal River resort is set in stunning surroundings with easy access onto the clear waters of the Crystal River. Here the activities are endless, providing you with new experiences you’ll remember forever.
Island Hotel & Restaurant
The Island Hotel and Restaurant provides guests with a traditional quaint stay, which replicates the town that it is situated in. The hotel is near all the main attractions that Cedar Key has to offer.
Plenty of things to do
Seahorse Key Lighthouse
Seahorse Key lighthouse, the largest of all the lighthouses in the island chain, was built by George Meade in 1854 and cost $12,000 to complete. George Meade went on to become a general in the Civil War when the lighthouse was darkened and its lens and fuel supply were removed. During the Civil War, the island was protected by a small group of Confederate soldiers who were later captured by Union troops. Once the War came to an end, the lighthouse was returned to full service, with its fourth-order Fresnel lens once again shining 15 miles out to sea.
Cedar Key Historical Society Museum
If you want to learn more about this characterful fishing village then you should head to Lutterloh Building, which dates back to the late 19th century, where you’ll find an extensive collection of photographs, artefacts and documents that tell the story of the history of Cedar Key.
Cedar Key Museum State Park
This fascinating museum gives visitors an insight into the past lives of Cedar Key as a railroad and steamboat terminal, a salt-making town, a natural fibre centre and perhaps most surprisingly of all, a pencil case manufacturing centre.
Shell Mound Archaeological Site
Beaches, Fishing, Parks & Reserves
Cedar Key City Marina
The quiet island of Cedar Key, named Florida’s Rural Community of the Year 2009, comes to life each day as local fishermen head out to hunt the backwaters for trout and red fish and set off in search of grouper waters. Many workers also travel to the nearby clam leases where farmers produce many of the country’s farm-raised clams.
Waccasassa Bay Preserve State Park
Cedar Key boasts an incredibly rich array of wildlife and outdoor attractions. Waccasassa Bay, which can only be reached by boat, is a 32,000-acre preserve that borders Florida’s Gulf Coast between Yankeetown and Cedar Key. The vast majority of the preserve is made up of salt marsh that’s surrounded by beautifully wooded islands and is favoured by anglers because it boasts both saltwater and freshwater fishing. It is also home to endangered and threatened species such as bald eagles, black bears, American alligators and West Indian manatees. The preserve can be explored on foot or by canoe.
Scrub State Reserve
The Island Room
Locally sourced seafood, steaks & cocktails in an elegant dining room with views of the water.
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