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Pigeon Key

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1 Knights Key Blvd, Marathon, FL 33050-2002
+1 305-743-5999
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Helicopter Flight Over Pigeon Key with Optional Sombrero Lighthouse Tour
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The island of Pigeon Key was once the home of the workers who built the Overseas Railway. Today it is operated by the Pigeon Key Foundation, a 501(c) not for profit organization, that runs daily historical tours of the island. Visit our website for more information about taking a tour!
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1 Knights Key Blvd, Marathon, FL 33050-2002
+1 305-743-5999

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Reviewed 4 September 2015

Don't miss a visit to this historic area of the Keys. An interesting story of the workers who built the Flager Overseas Railroad shouldn't be missed.

Reviewed 29 August 2015

Can only get there by boat now that old bridge unsafe and closed. Buy tickets for $12 at old red railroad car just south east of 7 mile bridge. Boat goes over about 3 times a day and includes a tour and history of this...More

Reviewed 24 August 2015

If you are looking to kill a few hours of the day, not a bad place to do it. Interesting place to learn about the history of the bridge and some of the surrounding areas.

Reviewed 21 August 2015

When travelling south to Key West, just on the left prior to the 7 mile bridge, hidden behind the bushes is a red railway carriage. This is where you book a 10am, 12 or 2pm trip to Pigeon Island. If you miss it! Turn right...More

Reviewed 11 August 2015

Rented bikes to explore pigeon key with another couple only to find out that the ramp down go the key was closed for repair. The bike ride out there was awesome. Can't say how long the ramp has been closed, but nobody was working on...More

EdDirector P, Public Relations Manager at Pigeon Key, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2015

Hi Craig A, I'm glad to hear you enjoyed your bike ride out to Pigeon Key. The Old Seven Mile Bridge is a beautiful ride! Near the parking lot is a gate that you rode your bike through. Posted on that gate is a large...More

Reviewed 8 August 2015

Nice way to spend 2 or 3 hours, boat ride to the island is nice and buildings on the island are very historic.

Reviewed 30 July 2015

Beautiful island that provides daily tours! You can spend all day out there it's just so gorgeous! Pack some drinks and a snack and you will have the best time out there, I promise!

Reviewed 30 July 2015

to me its just another spot on the Overseas Highway to or from Key West. I cannot remember any reason to stop here. But, if this is your first trip to the Keys, every Key has some beautiful views.

Reviewed 28 July 2015 via mobile

We took the ferry to Pigeon Key and really loved the experience. Our tour guide Chris was really enthusiastic and brought the history to life with loads of interesting details. Well worth visiting to learn the history of the original railroad with plenty of great...More

Reviewed 23 July 2015 via mobile

We pulled up on our boat to explore. Some young girl in a wet bathing suit gets out of the water and tells us we have to pay 12 dollars to walk around the island. She was there to collect? Really while snorkeling w/o a...More

EdDirector P, Public Relations Manager at Pigeon Key, responded to this reviewResponded 28 July 2015

Hi susanJupiter_FL, I apologize for the unfriendly experience you had at Pigeon Key. There is an admission fee for the island which covers island access, docking, and a guided historical tour. Our staff are encouraged to greet every visitor to the island to answer any...More

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Questions & Answers
Linda B
24 July 2017
Response from PigeonKeyStaff | Property representative
Hi Linda, the only dogs we allow on the island are service dogs. No pets are allowed on the island. We have an island cat and have had issues in the past with dogs harassing native bird life. I apologize for the... More
Veronica A
24 May 2017
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Response from PigeonKeyStaff | Property representative
Hi Veronica, the ferry boat departs our gift shop at 10am, 12pm, and 2pm which coincide with our historical tours. The last ferry leaves Pigeon Key at 4pm. The historical tour usually last about 1 hour which leaves... More
4 November 2016
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Response from PigeonKeyStaff | Property representative
Hi harwoodIan, yes the $12 includes admission to the island, the ferry service to and from the island, and a guided historical tour. Feel free to give our gift shop a call at 305-743-5999 if you have any other questions or... More