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“Day trip to Cedar Key” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge

Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge
Ranked #7 of 21 things to do in Cedar Key
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Thirteen offshore islands designated as wilderness areas offer spectacular and rare viewing for birding and wildlife enthusiasts.
Gainesville, Florida
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6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Day trip to Cedar Key”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2014

I have wanted to visit the key for a good 7 months and I finally got the chance this past weekend (April 26th). It was a perfect day not too hot not too cool. The shop keepers were very friendly and accommodating and seemed genially proud of their small quaint fishing community. There is much to do if you want to spend a few days exploring the area as well. Pontoon boat tours, charter fishing, Kayak rentals for paddling and fishing and a small community beach with bathhouse and facilities.

Visited April 2014
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Cedar Key
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143 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Nature At Its Best and Purest”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2014

Quiet and unspoiled by developers the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge islands are spectacular to behold. Some of the areas most beautiful beaches are located on these NWR islands. Never overcrowded and pristine. Each island has a wealth of history of their own. The Cedar Keys NWR islands are accessible by boat only. You will want to bring a camera, sunscreen, bug spray and water with you. Get in touch with the history of Florida.

Visited March 2014
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Lewes, Delaware
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98 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Great animal viewing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2014

Lovely hikes - pristine wilderness! Great birding!
Armadillos, alligators! Easy parking - amazing shell mounds
- raised walkways- spectacular views! Not touristy!!!

Visited March 2014
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1 Thank Loistheartist
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Ashtabula
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99 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Beautiful scenery”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2014

Very quiet restful drive. We first drove in the wrong entrance, beware, it was kind of creepy. Left and drove further to the 9 mile loop.

Visited February 2014
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Cedar Key
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143 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Thirteen spectacular uninhabited islands in the Gulf of Mexico at Cedar Key Florida”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2013

We had a marvelous day boating on the Gulf Waters and exploring Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge Islands. We visited Atsena Otie, North Key and Snake Key and we saw the top of the lighthouse on Seahorse Key. Seahorse Key was not open to the public at this time of year. So we may have to visit later this year when it is open to the public. We learned that August 15 - September 15 is Peak fall migration of shore birds. We seashell hunted. We sat at the shore and saw lots of small fishies swimming around us. It was great fun. Keep in mind that Cedar Key is a tide dependent waterway and remember to bring lots of water and some bug spray and a camera for sure. Did I mention the Cedar Key NWR islands are all boat access only and so much fun.

Visited August 2013
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