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Pigeon Key Visitor’s Center

2010 Overseas Highway, Marathon, FL 33050
+1 305-743-5999
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The island of Pigeon Key is a historic 5-acre island located in the heart of the Florida Keys! It was once the home of over 400 workers who built the Overseas Railway from Miami to Key West. Today, the island is operated by the Pigeon Key Foundation, a 501(c)-3 not for profit organization. Our Visitor's Center, which is the address listed, is where our daily historical tours depart from at 10am, 12pm, and 2pm. We also operate a Marine Science Center on the island, school groups from all over the world come to Pigeon Key to be immersed in the ocean environment found right around the island. Visit our website or call our gift shop for more information about taking a tour!
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2010 Overseas Highway, Marathon, FL 33050
+1 305-743-5999
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Reviewed 23 June 2015

What a great day we had a Pigeon Key! The tour was fun and informational! I would recommend it to anyone!

Thank Jenn M
Reviewed 22 June 2015

Nothing to do here - unless there is a community event. If you bring your kids they will date you. If it's a hot day, definitely don't go - there is no A/C area available to tourists. Basically it's a bunch of camp-like cabins where...More

1  Thank Karen666
EdDirector P, Public Relations Manager at Pigeon Key Visitor’s Center, responded to this reviewResponded 24 June 2015

Hi Karen666, I am sorry to hear you did not enjoy your trip to Pigeon Key. The island is typically pretty warm due to its location but we are surrounded by beautiful turquoise water that is delightfully refreshing! If you decide to give Pigeon Key...More

Reviewed 20 June 2015 via mobile

We hadn't planned to visit Pigeon Key but we were so pleased we did. The tour to the island is so worth it. The volunteers have so much information to share about the 7 mile bridge (old and new). There was only the two of...More

Thank Amy C
Reviewed 17 June 2015

We took the tour to Pigeon Key. We really enjoyed the laid back style as we learned a lot and didn't feel like we were back in school. There were only 2 other couples on our tour and there was plenty of chances to ask...More

Thank Adrian W
Reviewed 10 June 2015

Right smack in the middle of the world famous "old" 7 mile bridge, this is a part of the historic Florida Flagler Railroad to Key West. Visit while you can and bring a picnic lunch, guaranteed a great day.

1  Thank stacysback
Reviewed 10 June 2015

Buy your tickets at Pigeon Key Gift Shop located in a train car near Sunset Grill in Marathon. The trip includes a boat ride to the island where hundreds of workers camped while building the Florida East Coast Railway for Henry Flagler's Overseas Railroad Key...More

Thank MizlizL
Reviewed 3 June 2015 via mobile

We took the 15 minute ferry ride over to Pigeon Key. The guided tour was very informative and an easy walk around the historic Key. Please, look at the website for details of tour and historical facts. Our main interest in going was to have...More

1  Thank Margaret10512
Reviewed 28 May 2015 via mobile

DENNIS J, we were on the same tour you were. You were not the youngest of the tour as we are 29 & 30 and thoroughly enjoyed the tour. The way you stormed in the visitors center and talked to the sweet elderly lady running...More

12  Thank DLH01
Reviewed 27 May 2015

You can spend an entire day wondering around this tiny island and taking in all of the history here. Bring you snorkeling and bathing suits, it is a beautiful place to jump in the water, too!

3  Thank riverofgrass137
Reviewed 26 May 2015

I am 54 years old and was one of the youngest people on this trip. My 97 year old grandmother can remember what she is talking about better than the tour guide. The tour is 2.5 hours and once you start, you are trapped for...More

1  Thank Dennis J
EdDirector P, Public Relations Manager at Pigeon Key Visitor’s Center, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2015

Hi Dennis J, I'm sorry to hear Pigeon Key is did not meet your expectations. We do pride ourselves in trying to deliver the best experience possible. Our tours are very open and you may leave the walking tour at anytime to enjoy all the...More

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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