Pigeon Key


In the early 1900s, the Overseas Railroad (the brainchild of Henry Flagler) was being constructed to connect Miami to Key West. This 5-acre island was the base camp for hundreds of men working on the project, until the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935 wiped out as much as 40 miles of track. The rail was never rebuilt, and today the original tin-roofed, wood-clapboard buildings form a museum on the National Register of Historic Sites. There are snorkeling, picnicking, and photo ops aplenty. Tours are offered by the Pigeon Key Foundation via a ferry that departs for the island three times daily for a 2.5-hour visit.


1 Knights Key Blvd.
MM 47
Marathon, Florida 33050


24.70600000, -81.11996000

Open Hours

Daily 9:30–4. Ferries: 10, noon, 2.
Visit Website
(305) 743-5999

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