Islamorada is a village spanning five islands in the Florida Keys. Spanish explorers named the destination, which was founded by William Krome on the Upper Matecumbe Key Island in 1907. While visiting the vacation hotspot, guests have the option of enjoying various locations and activities.
1) History of Diving Museum
Sit in a replicated diving bell and learn how long you can hold your breath. See homemade and commercially made equipment used for underwater exploration, photography and criminal activity. Other interactive exhibits demonstrate the need for divers to wear weights along with the chance to lift and hold a 70-pound silver bar.
2) Keys History & Discovery Center
The Islamorada facility houses exhibits covering a wide variety of topics ranging from the first pioneers to deep sea fishing and the Henry Flagler Florida Keys Over-Seas Railroad. Separate fact from fiction when touring the pirate exhibit.
3) Morada Way Arts & Cultural District
Art lovers see and purchase locally created crafts on the third Thursday of every month. The Morada Way Art Walk exhibits include everything from jewelry and paintings to sculptures. Various stages offer live entertainment and local venues provide the eats.
4) Theater of the Sea
The Theater of the Sea rehabilitates and exhibits a variety of wildlife. Attractions include crocodiles, game fish, iguanas, sea turtles and sharks. Guests also have the chance to watch birds of prey and gaze in awe at the collection of colorful parrots from around the world.
5) Snorkeling Tours
Popular things to do in Islamorada include exploring the wonderful world beneath the sea by taking a snorkeling tour. Venture to the Cheeca, Hens and Chickens Rocks to see colorful tropical fish, coral, sponges and other marine life.
6) Florida Keys Brewing Company
The microbrewery was founded in the Morada Way Arts & Cultural District and features a variety of popular beers along with seasonal brews. Tour the facility and learn the art of brewing. Explore the artwork, play a few games and enjoy the music while sipping your favorite brew.
7) Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, Inc.
The center rescues and rehabilitates many different bird species that are then reintroduced to the wild. However, some feathered friends are not able to cope in their former habitats and are then housed in the Laura Quinn Wild Bird Sanctuary.
8) Old Conch Harbor
The harbor is a great place to experience local culture and go shopping. Situated in Tavernier, the harbor features a waterfront Caribbean market and coffee bar that offers unique gifts, live lobsters, a coffee shop and the Old Tavernier Restaurant.
9) Go Parasailing
Unique things to do in Islamorada include getting a bird’s eye view over the crystal blue water while safely soaring 600 feet in the air. One to three people enjoy the experience simultaneously. Look around at the stunning landscape. Look down to see dolphins, manatees and sea turtles.
10) Mangrove Marina
When desiring a unique coastal accommodation experience, consider staying at The Lodge at Mangrove Marina, “Home of the Houseboat Resort”. Conveniently located in Tavernier Key, a short 10-minute ride from Islamorada. Mangrove Marina is also a full service marina that suites all boaters needs. Go swimming in the waterfront pool and enjoy the spectacular sunset.