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Marathon Eco-Tours and Wildlife Displays

Marathon is situated at the midpoint of the Keys island chain, surrounded by numerous large shoals and shallow-water coral humps, some within just two miles of shore. These coral patches are magnets for beautiful sea life from sea turtles to tiny tropical fish. Kayakers of various experience levels can paddle to some of these offshore areas and a few uninhabited mangrove islands on calm days, and tours around the island and through mangrove forests that dot the shallow flats are available with the help of a guide. Watch sharks, tarpon, bonefish or other flats species cruise the shallows, and egrets and herons snatch tiny fish.

paddling past henry
In May and June, thousands of huge tarpon roll and shimmer in the natural channels passing under the famous Seven-Mile-Bridge. Terns and ruddy turnstones work the shoreline looking for food while above you hovers the black shape of a frigate bird.

If you want a break from the water, consider a hike through the 64-acre Crane Point Hammock which is not far from the center of Marathon. A hammock is a raised patch land with just enough soil on it to support an amazing variety of plant life, including tropical hardwood trees, the hallmark of Crane Point. White crowned pigeons, raccoons, ibis, herons, clouds of dragonflies and butterflies are regular residents along the two miles of trails. Archeological evidence shows that Indians and prehistoric Indians called this place home.

CRANE POINT MUSEUM, NATURE CENTER & HISTORIC SITE
Phone: 305-743-9100 * 
Mile Marker 50.5 Bayside
Marathon ,  FL  33050

MARATHON WILD BIRD CENTER
Phone: 305-743-8382
MM 50 at Crane Point Hammock
Marathon ,  FL  33050

OLD SEVEN MILE BRIDGE
Listed on the National Historic Register
No vehicles allowed, utilized as a fitness path
Marathon ,  FL  33050

THE TURTLE HOSPITAL
Phone: 305-743-2552
2396 Overseas Highway
Marathon ,  FL  33050

FLORIDA KEYS AQUARIUM ENCOUNTERS
Phone: 305-407-3262
11710 Overseas Highway
(by Vaca Cut bridge)
Marathon ,  FL  33050

FLORIDA KEYS KAYAKING TOURS
Phone: 305-395-0355
with guide "Kayak Dave" Kaplan
Private, custom, eco, mangrove tours
Marathon ,  FL  33050

FLORIDA KEYS KITEBOARDING, STANDUP PADDLING
Phone: Aaron Osters 305-942-9635
SUP Yoga, Rentals, Tours, and Sales
11201 Overseas Highway
Marathon ,  FL  33050

FLORIDA KEYS REEL ADVENTURES
Phone: 305-481-0589
Capt. Kevin Johnsen
Family Fishing, Spearfishing, Kayak Tours & More
Marathon ,  FL  33050

KEYS KAYAK - Rentals, Sales, Private Tours
Phone: 305-743-3204
10499 Overseas Highway
Across from airport
Marathon ,  FL  33050