Top Ten Attractions in Islamorada

A Local’s Guide to Islamorada

The Keys may cover less than 150 square miles, but they are overflowing with activities that will captivate travelers from across the globe. Below, we help you narrow down the top ten attractions in Islamorada and the surrounding area so you can see the best of the best during your stay.

Theater of the Sea
84721 Overseas Highway
Islamorada, Florida 33036
305) 664-2431(

As the name suggests, Theater of the Sea is home to a variety of marine life that put on breath-taking shows throughout the day. Between shows, browse the gift shop, sunbathe, or book a private appointment to swim with dolphins, sea lions or rays. No other attraction lets you get this close to these intelligent creatures. Make your reservations now!

History of Diving Museum
82990 Overseas Highway
Islamorada, Florida 33036
(305) 664-9737

Entertaining for both kids and adults, this museum chronicles the story of underwater exploration over the past 4,000 years. Exhibits focus on topics such as sports diving, underwater photography, treasure diving, notable divers, and the history of scuba. You can even try on a few vintage diving helmets!

Indian Key State Historic Site
Mile Market 78.5
Islamorada, Florida 33036
(305) 664-4815

The first county seat for Dade County back in 1836, Indian Key was home to salvors who recovered lucrative cargo from shipwrecked vessels in the Florida Keys. Accessible by boat only, visitors can swim, sunbathe, and hike once they arrive. A unique piece of maritime history, Indian Key transports guests back in time to the 1800s.

Bud ‘n’ Mary’s Sportfishing Marina
79851 Overseas Highway
Islamorada, Florida 33036
(305) 664-2461

No trip to the Sportfishing Capital of the World would be complete without some fishing! Bud ‘n’ Mary’s is a world-famous marina able to accommodate your every sportfishing need, from charter boats to bait and tackle to boat slips for your vessel. Call ahead to reserve guided tours of the backcountry, and come back with a few fish tales!

Robbie’s
Mile Marker 77.5
Islamorada, Florida 33036
(305) 664-9814

A mecca for wildlife exploration, Robbie’s offers an array of activities that will entertain the whole family. Charter a boat, peruse the open-air shops, feed the tarpon, or have a few drinks while being serenaded with live music. With enough attractions to fill an entire day, Robbie’s is truly a family-friendly destination.

Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park
Offshore Island
Islamorada, Florida 33036
(305) 664-2540

Once common on most of the Upper Keys, the virgin tropical hardwood hammock on this island is now a rarity. The park’s visitor center was the home of chemist William J. Matheson, constructed in 1919 as an escape from Miami. Ranger-guided tours are given twice daily; island is only accessible via tour boat.

Morada Way
81549 Old Highway
Islamorada, Florida 33036
(305) 664-9100

Stroll through the arts & cultural district of Islamorada to get a true glimpse of the Islamorada community. Spread out over a few blocks, this artists’ village is home to over ten galleries selling unique island-inspired artwork. Take home a rare and unique souvenir that will be a constant reminder of your time in paradise.

Florida Reef
The only living coral barrier reef in the continental United States, the Florida Reef is teeming with marine life such as angelfish, green morays, yellowtail snappers, parrotfish and more.  Sign up for a snorkeling excursion to view from above, or schedule a scuba trip to fully immerse yourself in the world of the coral reef.

World Wide Sportsman/Bass Pro Shop
The place to shop for all of your fishing needs: clothes and shoes for the entire family and gifts to take home. See the “Pilar," a replica of Ernest Hemingway’s boat. See tarpon, bonefish, permit  and more in the Everglades Aquarium or just relax in the rocking chairs on the back porch overlooking Florida Bay.

Hurricane Memorial
U.S. 1 Mile Marker 81.6
Islamorada, Florida 33036

Located just outside the entrance to Cheeca Lodge, the Hurricane Memorial was erected in 1937 to commemorate the lives lost in the Labor Day hurricane of 1935. The storm took over 400 lives, many of whom were WWI veterans. A somber and impressive memorial, the monument is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.