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When it comes down to planning your day-to-day list of things to do, ShermansTravel experts have you covered. To make sure you get the most out of your vacation, we recommend the can't-miss museums and attractions, as well as the off-the-path activities and unique local experiences that will make your trip truly memorable.

Things to do in Islamorada

Bahia Honda State Park

For some quality beach bumming, take a short drive from Marathon to Bahia Honda. The park touts one of the few natural beaches in the Keys, with crystal-clear waters can be waded into (a huge plus that outshines the seaweed that collects on the shoreline). The park is ideal for campers (cabin rentals are also available) and snorkelers, and it offers kayak rentals at rates that are some 50 percent less than many other outfitters.

36850 Overseas Hwy. at MM 37, FL, 305-872-2353, www.bahiahondapark.com
Tags: things to do | camping

Dolphin Research Center

The entire family can enjoy the narrated educational sessions offered at the Dolphin Research Center, providing a glimpse into the life of a dolphin. The center also offers interactive programs like "Trainer for a Day" or "Dolphin Encounter" which invite visitors to swim and play with the dolphins.

58901 Overseas Hwy. at MM 59, FL, 305-289-0002, www.dolphins.org
Tags: eco-friendly | things to do | wildlife

Robbie’s Marina

Most of the true Islamorada action centers around Robbie's, where you can rent kayaks, hop on a boat ride to the reefs for some snorkeling, take off on a sportfishing excursion, set out on a leisurely sunset cruise, or feed one of the many tarpons that linger around the marina. Local art vendors hock their wares here daily.

77522 Overseas Hwy. at MM 77.5, FL, 305-664-9814, www.robbies.com
Tags: editor pick | things to do | fishing

The Florida Keys History of Diving Museum

For those with a passion for unraveling the mysteries of the deep, this not-for-profit museum is dedicated to collecting and preserving diving related antiques and artifacts. The informative exhibits take you back in diving history from ancient Greece to the modern treasure hunters of South Florida, plus there are plenty of hands-on and visual activities for the kids.

82990 Overseas Hwy. at MM 83, FL, 305-664-9737, www.divingmuseum.com
Tags: things to do | museum

The Otherside

This extreme water sports equipment supplier offers private beginner and intermediate kiteboarding lessons. The instructors are PASA (Professional Air Sports Association) certified and each have over 10 years experience. Although these activities carry a hefty price tag, the company offers a satisfaction guarantee - or your money back.

87745 Overseas Hwy. #6 at MM 87, FL, 305-853-9728, www.othersideboardsports.com
Tags: sports and adventure | things to do

The Turtle Hospital

For a truly heartwarming experience and a chance to view sea turtles up close, a visit to the Turtle Hospital is a must. The staff here rescues and treats endangered turtles that have been injured from boats and fishing nets - after rehabilitation, the turtles are released back into the wild. Visitors receive a guided tour and a chance to feed the hard-shelled patients.

2396 Overseas Hwy. at MM 48.5, FL, 305-743-2552, www.turtlehospital.org
Tags: great value | eco-friendly | things to do | wildlife

Theater of the Sea

This marine mammal adventure park grants visitors a chance to swim with sting rays, dolphins, and sea lions (you might even steal a kiss from the latter), and watch the animals perform amazing feats during live shows. There are 17 acres of tropical gardens and animal enclosures filled with exotic fish, crocodiles, sea turtles, and parrots. Admission also includes guided tours and a bottomless boat cruise through the natural saltwater lagoon.

84721 Overseas Hwy. at MM 84.5, FL, 305-664-2431, www.theaterofthesea.com
Tags: things to do | wildlife

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