Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge

Florida Panhandle

Home to 250 species of bird (including ibises, pelicans, egrets, herons and double-crested cormorants), 10 species of reptile and one romantic lighthouse, the 13 islands in this refuge can only be reached by boat. The islands' interiors are generally closed to the public, but during daylight hours you can access most of the white-sand beaches, which provide great opportunities for both fishing and manatee viewing.

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1. Cedar Key Historical Society Museum

0.89 MILES

This small museum packs a punch with its exhibits of Native American, Civil War and seafood-industry artifacts, and especially for its extensive…

2. Cedar Key Museum State Park

2.11 MILES

This eclectic museum features the historic house, remodeled to its 1902 state, of St Clair Whitman. A main player in both the pencil factory and the local…

3. Manatee Springs State Park

26.21 MILES

This park is worth a stop for a dip into the 72˚F crystalline waters of the beautiful eponymous spring. On dry land – a spongy combo of sand and limestone…