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10 Fun Things To Do In Cedar Key Florida

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Updated Fun Things To Do In Cedar Key Florida January 2023.

When you think of best beaches in Florida, Cedar Key may not be at the top of your list, but it’s definitely in my top 20. About an hour south of where I live in North Central Florida, Cedar Key is another one of my annual visits like St. Augustine and Panama City Beach.

Cedar Key Florida
Cedar Key

A step back in time, when you pull onto the road that brings you into Cedar Key.

Unfortunately, many businesses that used to line that road are no longer but don’t let that deter you.

The real diamond is at the end when you first see the Welcome to Cedar Key sign.

Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve
Cedar Key Scrub State Preserve

Below are 10 things you should do when you visit Cedar Key:

  1. Cedar Key Beach. Not as big as most beaches along Florida’s Gulf Coast but a nice beach to walk on. And bring your dog! Dogs are welcome at Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve and also at four pet friendly restaurants on the island.
  2. Cemetery Point Park. Probably the most unusual park I’ve ever visited, but cemeteries fascinate me, so I knew this park was a must-see. Reading the tombstones you’ll find several dating back to the 1800s.
  3. Cedar Key Historical Society Museum. Two buildings to wander through and soak in the rich Cedar Key history. Be sure to check the schedule as they do close during the week.
  4. Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge. Beautiful place to walk and simply enjoy being outdoors. We saw more wildlife early in the morning but hiking was enjoyed both times were hiked.
  5. Cedar Key Fishing Pier. This fishing pier goes out over the Gulf of Mexico and even better it’s FREE! Beautiful place to watch the sunset, and it’s located right near all the restaurants and bars.
  6. Take a boat tours. There are several tour guides that will take you out to enjoy Cedar Key’s spectacular beauty from the water. Prefer to explore on your own? Rent a boat and go. I love kayaking here. Whether you opt for a guided tour, a fishing charter or simple time on the water, go.
  7. Cedar Key Welcome Center. You would think this would be at the top right? Actually it’s in my top 8 but the ones I’ve listed above I enjoy more. One thing about Cedar Keys Welcome Center, it’s staffed with the nicest people that will take the time to actually talk to you.
  8. Shell Mound. Walk or take a bike ride on the nature trails of Shell Mound Park. This park gives you a unique opportunity to explore Cedar Key’s extensive network of hiking and biking trails.
  9. Cedar Key Railroad Trestle Nature Trail. Beautiful but short, it’s the perfect trail for those that want a nice relaxing walk. At the end there is an area which overlooks the outlying islands. Very pretty view.
  10. Waccasassa Bay Preserve State Park. A must-see gem if you love the water. A short walk will take you back to the lagoon where you can enjoy the water.
Cedar Key Sunset
Cedar Key Sunset

I didn’t mention the restaurants or shopping, but you’ll also find plenty of both along with a few hotels.

If you love history and old Florida, put Cedar Key on your list of places to visit on Florida’s Gulf Coast and also check out Keaton Beach when you’re in the area.

Be sure to check back as I update and add more fun things to do when visiting Cedar Key to the list!

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About Denise

Denise Sanger lives a life split between her love for fitness and her passion for travel particularly to the BEACH.  Denise also has a love of marketing and lives in beautiful Suwannee County, Florida. You can find out more about Denise here: About Denise

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