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Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge

#7 of 22 things to do in Cedar Key Features Animals
Cedar Key, FL
+1 352-493-0238
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Great for hikes.

Great hikes and the views are wonderful. Many of the trails are sand so be ready. Lots of... read more

Reviewed 12 April 2017
Boise, Idaho
Beautiful scenery and a variety of birds.

Many walking paths let you get to different areas of the reserve. Watch out for alligators and... read more

Reviewed 10 April 2017
Tewksbury, Massachusetts
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Thirteen offshore islands designated as wilderness areas offer spectacular and rare viewing for birding and wildlife enthusiasts.
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Cedar Key, FL
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Reviewed 12 April 2017

Great hikes and the views are wonderful. Many of the trails are sand so be ready. Lots of wildlife if you keep a sharp eye out.

Thank 109JohnD
Reviewed 10 April 2017

Many walking paths let you get to different areas of the reserve. Watch out for alligators and snakes by staying on the paths and making noise. The birds are varied and beautiful.

Thank islandtina
Reviewed 5 April 2017

A beautiful hiking trail winds its way through wooded land and I saw fossilized bird tracks in the shallow water by the dock -- the place wasn't crowded at all when we went and I got a prize-winning photo of a guy throwing his fishing...More

Thank teri m
Reviewed 29 March 2017

This is what Florida should be, natural and filled with birds, wildlife and flowers. If you are in this area, don't miss a visit to the national wildlife refuges. We paddles out to Atsena Otie Key and also paddled around the various inlets on cedar...More

Thank Janna64
Reviewed 19 March 2017

If you love the REAL Florida I grew up with, you must visit this refuge. March and April are the BEST! Try early AM to really hear the birds singing and active. Later in the days ANS during the summer bring your bug repellent! But...More

Thank bofftckcc
Reviewed 17 February 2017

A lovely island with a short walk to a cemetery/memorial, land on the north side and follow the boardwalk. We were viciously assaulted by mosquitoes which kind of destroyed the tranquility..... The beach is beautiful and it is a very short kayak paddle from the...More

Thank Christopher C
Reviewed 18 January 2017

My daughter and I rented kayaks and paddled out to the island. We hiked the trail back to the cemetery, very interesting.

1  Thank Ann H
Reviewed 31 December 2016

This chain of small islands off Cedar Key are a paddler’s paradise. From several launch sites on Cedar Key, you can paddle out to historic Atsena Otie Key (once a major population center; now abandoned) or other keys. These islands played small but interesting roles...More

2  Thank cdub333
Reviewed 28 November 2016

If you want to see florida before condos, cedar key refugee is the place to go! It is amazing for an outdoorsman. Camping available ,but not full hookup at campground. End of summer is the best time to go! Less mosquitos and and cooler Weather!...More

1  Thank JEFFREY H
Reviewed 27 November 2016

Nature is everywhere on the island and appreciated by local and tourists. Wildlife, birds, a variety that excites nature lovers. Bring binoculars and a bird id book with you.

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Marla P
Where is the launch site?
6 April 2016|
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Response from Ken E | Reviewed this property |
If you are talking about launching kayaks, there are several beach areas with good launch opportunities. There is a paved motorboat launch ramp in town near the waterfront restaurants (you can't miss it.) Be sure to go to... More
Other than hiking, are there other activities (canoeing, kayaking, etc.)? Rentals available?
12 August 2015|
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Response from Maria S | Reviewed this property |
There absolutely are other things to do besides hiking. Boat tours of the other keys, tour of Lower Suwannee, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, air boats, and all the fishing you could dream about. One service you may not have... More
April M
What are the best things to do with kids
15 July 2015|
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Response from T2Socks | Reviewed this property |
Depending on how young they are you can always use cedarkeypaddling (they deliver) and head out to the wildlife refuge beach. There is also a pilot that does very affordable tours. You can rent a golf cart to get around the... More