Top things to do

Top Choice Seafood in Marathon

Keys Fisheries

The lobster Reuben is the stuff of legend. Sweet, chunky, creamy – so good you'll be daydreaming about it afterward. But you can’t go wrong with any of the excellent seafood here, all served with sass. Expect pleasa…
Top Choice Bar in Marathon

Hurricane

Locals, tourists, mad fishermen and rednecks saddle up here for endless Jägerbombs before dancing the night away to any number of consistently good live acts. With sassy staff and heart-warming (strong) drinks, this…
Aquarium in Marathon

Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters

A visit to this small, interactive aquarium starts with a free 20-minute guided tour of some fascinating marine ecosystems. There are also more immersive experiences, where you snorkel in the coral reef aquarium or …
Museum in Marathon

Crane Point Museum

This is one of the nicest spots on the island to stop and smell the roses. And the pinelands. And the palm hammock – a sort of palm jungle (imagine walking under giant, organic Japanese fans) that only grows between…
American in Marathon

Sunset Grille

Overlooking the Seven Mile Bridge, this huge, festive spot has an unbeatable location (it's not called Sunset for nothing) and wide-ranging appeal: namely a huge menu of seafood and grilled meat dishes, plus a raw b…
American in Marathon

Burdines Waterfront

For a taste of old-school Marathon, head to this barnlike upper-story shack on the waterfront. It's a much-loved local haunt where you can take a seat around the thatch-roof bar or at a picnic table and take in the …
Island in Marathon

Pigeon Key National Historic District

For years tiny Pigeon Key, located 2 miles west of Marathon (basically below the Old Seven Mile Bridge), housed the rail workers and maintenance men who built the infrastructure that connected the Keys. Today you ca…
Wildlife Reserve in Marathon

Turtle Hospital

Be it a victim of disease, boat propeller strike, flipper entanglement with fishing lines or any other danger, an injured sea turtle in the Keys will hopefully end up in this motel-cum-sanctuary. We know we shouldn’…
State Park in Grassy Key

Curry Hammock State Park

This park is small but sweet and the rangers are just lovely. Like most parks in the Keys, it’s a good spot for preserved tropical hardwood and mangrove habitat – a 1.5-mile hike takes you through both environments.…
American in Grassy Key

Grassy Key Outpost

Equal parts market and restaurant, the Outpost is an interesting spot that skews between fine dining and Keys casualness, both in terms of atmosphere and cuisine. There's a Southern flair to the gastronomy; shrimp a…