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Pigeon Key Daily Tours

Our guided island tours starts with a 10-minute ferry ride to Pigeon Key and consists of a short narration about the history of the island, a walk-about the grounds to learn about the buildings and the chance for self-exploration around the island or in our museum. It is a family-friendly tour and great for folks of all ages!

Take the guided tour

Travel back in time to the Henry Flagler era and learn how Pigeon Key has evolved over the last 100+ years. The tour typically takes an hour and leaves you with an hour to explore on your own.

Guide Your Own Tour

If you are interested in just enjoying the island in your own time, explore on your own with our island map and history pamphlet.

Explore our Museum!

One of the favorite stops on the tour, our museum has artifacts, portraits and stories diving deeper into the island’s history.

3 Departures Daily

7 Days a Week

Ferry departs & returns to Faro Blanco Marina

Please Check-In at Visitors Center ten minutes prior to Tour

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Departure Times

10 am
12 pm
2 pm

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Return Times

12:20 pm
2:20 pm
4:00 pm

Pricing

General Admission

Adults $15

Children $12

(6-12 years old)

Children 5 and under: $5

Monroe County Locals

Adults $12

Children $9

(6-12 years old)

Children 5 and under: $5

Tickets can be purchased on the same day in-person or you can reserve your spot online if you have a time and date preference.

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Please Note:

  • All tours are subject to cancellation due to weather, boat maintenance and other island events.
  • The Old 7-Mile Bridge accessing Pigeon Key is currently closed and will re-open on a future date to be determined.

What to Bring to Pigeon Key

Whether you are taking the Guided Tour or your own self-guided tour of the island with a map in hand, there will be extra time to have some fun. Here’s your checklist of ideas.

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Snorkel Gear

Bring your own snorkel gear and check out the amazing wildlife that surrounds the island. Please let our Visitors Center attendant know you intend to snorkel and fill out a Snorkel Waiver Form before departure.

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Pack a picnic!

We have a ton of shady spots around the island and picnic tables to share with your friends and family. Pack a cooler and relax in the sun or on our beach-front area.

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Bring your binoculars

Observe the wide variety of bird species that call Pigeon Key home or are just stopping in for a break on their migration. Birders are welcome!

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Fishing Gear

Fish off our pier! Our catch and release fishing pier is open for use during operating hours if you bring your gear (Fishing license required aged 16 and older).

Frequently asked questions

The most commonly asked questions about Pigeon Key Day Tours. If you have a question, please give us a call at (305) 743-5999

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 Faro Blanco Resort and the Marriott Hotel. The only way to access Pigeon Key is via a ferry boat that departs from this location.

Please Check-In at this location ten minutes prior to your tour if you booked online or in-person.

The Old Seven Mile Bridge is currently closed for repairs.

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 adult, Children 6-12 years old are $12 and children 5 and under are $5.

Monroe County Residents: Adults are $12, Children 6-12 years old are $9 and children 5 and under are $5

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 hard bottom habitats 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.

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.

Marine Science Field Trips
Marine Science Summer Camp
Public Marine Science Programs

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 or older.

Can my family stay overnight on Pigeon Key?

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

Can I bring my dog to Pigeon Key?

Due to our wild and residential bird species on island, dogs and other pets are not allowed. We thank you in advance for your understanding.