How long do historical tours last?

Our guided historical tour lasts about an hour. This allows you ample opportunity to explore the island, enjoy a picnic, or snorkel! While exploring, please respect the privacy of our staff and guests and avoid closed buildings.

How much does a historical tour cost?

Historical tours cost $15.00 per person and Monroe County residents are charged $12.00. Children under 5 are free!

What is there to do on Pigeon Key?

Most visitors come to Pigeon Key for the guided historical tour. You can also bring a picnic lunch or cooler, snorkel around the dock, or fish (catch & release only) off the dock. Visitors also enjoy birding, relaxing on our beach-front area, and swimming. If you are not interested in the historical tour, you can choose the self-guided route!

Can we snorkel at Pigeon Key?

Yes! The best areas to snorkel are near the dock, off of our beach or around the opening of the saltwater pool on the south side of the island (please be mindful of the tides, the currents around the island can be swift). The conditions around the island are ideal for beginners and experts alike! You can snorkel right from shore and find hundreds of fish right under our dock. Explore seagrass beds and shallow hardbottom habitat that house fish, invertebrates and more.

Guests must bring their own snorkel gear AND dive flag. You are also required to fill out a snorkel liability release form at our Visitors Center. Pigeon Key does not have equipment available for rent. You may not swim or fish in the saltwater pool.

Where is the Visitor’s Center/How do I get to Pigeon Key?

Our Visitor’s Center is located at 2010 Overseas Highway Marathon, FL 33050, which is Mile Marker 47.5 bayside between Hyatt Place Hotel and the Marriott Hotel. The only way to access Pigeon Key is via ferry boat which departs from this location.The Old Seven Mile Bridge is currently closed for repairs.

Can I bring my own boat to Pigeon Key?

Yes! You are more than welcome to tie up to our dock if you bring your own boat. Admission cost remains the same and we suggest calling into our Visitors Center to pay prior to arrival. You can also pay via cash or credit card with one of our tour guides upon arrival.

What happens on modern-day Pigeon Key?

Primarily, Pigeon Key runs daily historical tours. We also host day and overnight marine science field trips for educational groups, special events and summer camps.

Can I fish on the island?

Visitors are allowed to fish from our fishing pier, as long as they bring their own gear and follow catch and release practices. Fishing licenses are required in the state of Florida if you are 16 years old and older.

Can my family stay overnight on Pigeon Key?

Unfortunately, no. In order to stay on Pigeon Key you must be part of an educational group.