It has been an exciting handful of weeks since the Old 7 Mile Bridge reopened to the public. The Pigeon Key staff have received some great feedback from locals and visitors alike. The rehabilitation project was definitely worth the wait! We celebrated this monumental occasion by allowing bridge visitors free admission to the island for the first two weeks.
As of February 1st, admission is required to access Pigeon Key. This includes the use of our restrooms, joining a historical tour or exploring the island on your own. Every visitor’s admission contributes to our mission to protect the cultural history of the Florida Keys and educate our youth through marine science curricula and research.
The Pigeon Key Foundation and Marine Science Center is a 501c-3 non-profit organization that was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1990. It was created in 1992 to further protect the island’s long-standing history from the Henry Flagler era.
Pigeon Key does not receive government support of any kind. The island has a small staff that is in charge of maintaining the historical significance of Pigeon Key, runs our marine science programming, summer camps and the grounds.
Folks who make way to Pigeon Key via the bridge can pay online prior to arrival or at our Welcome Tent at the base of the ramp. Proof of your receipt will be required if you book in advance. Cash and cards are accepted in person.
Things to Know:
– Hours of Operation: 9am-5pm, daily.
– Please do not leave bicycles on sidewalks or Main Street. Park bicycles at your own risk.
– Dogs of any kind are not allowed on Pigeon Key.
– Bicycles are not for rent to or from the island. Rentals can be found at local Marathon bicycle shops.
– Buildings open to the public: Assistant Bridge Tenders (Museum) and Section Gang Quarters (restroom).
– Please respect the staff and do not attempt to enter buildings that are marked as closed to the public.
– Parking is limited at the base of the bridge. Plan accordingly: bike or walk from another location if need be.
– Be mindful of the weather before adventuring out to the island or on the bridge.
Full tour admission includes the use of our facilities, the guided historical tour and free time to explore the island on your own. We also sell a bathroom pass for those who need to refill their water bottles and use our facilities. Admission rates can be found HERE.
Our ferry service is still running three times a day at 10am, 12pm and 2pm. If you are more inclined to take the ferry instead of walk to the island, book online today!