Robert Silk's Florida Excursions

This summer, Robert Silk, author of An Ecotourist's Guide to the Everglades and the Florida Keys, will introduce us to his favorite Florida excursions. These are interesting, enjoyable, educational and inspirational sections of America's Everglades that are perfect for an afternoon trip or part of a weekend visit. Each week, new excursions will be featured here as well as on Facebook

Excursion 4: Key Largo

Journey down to Key Largo for a dive, snorkel or glass bottom boat excursion. The seas are typically calmest in the summer, making it the best time to view such underwater sites as Molasses Reef, Horseshoe Reef and the Christ of the Deep Statue. If it’s still afternoon when you return north, take Card Sound Road so you can stop off at Alabama Jacks for conch fritters and a taste of Old Florida. Photo is of horse shoe reef, courtesy of Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.


Marathon in the Middle Keys

For today's #‎EvergladesExplorersClub, take an afternoon jaunt to Marathon in the Middle Keys, where you can enjoy a fabulous view and great deals on fresh seafood at Keys Fisheries. When the sun starts getting low, head just south to the Old Seven Mile Bridge, where you’ll view the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico as you do the 4.5-mile round-trip walk to Pigeon Key.

Photo courtesy of Friends of Old Seven.

Excursion 2: Indian Key Historic State Park

Load up your kayak and head down to Islamorada for the short paddle out to Indian Key Historic State Park, the tiny island that was once the seat for what was then the combined county that made up Miami and the Keys. Pack a lunch and some snorkel gear to see the marine life on the island’s edge.

Indian Key Historic State Park

Excursion 1: Biscayne National Park

"Until July 4, take advantage of the new boat concession in under-appreciated Biscayne National Park.  Departing from the park’s Dante Fascell Visitor Center in Homestead, the three-hour tour ferries attendees around spectacular southern Biscayne Bay, stopping, among other places, on Boca Chita Key, where a lighthouse stands sentinel." -Robert Silk

Lighthouse at Boca Chita

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