Top 10 Things to do in Key Largo, United States

September 24, 2017 Nobuko Falco

Just a few minutes' drive but a world away from the mainland, Key Largo has been the setting of movies, the home to abundant wildlife and a favorite destination for scuba diving. Lush flora and lively fauna abound in the Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park and Everglades National Park. Underwater, the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary teems with life while the American Crocodile thrives at Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge.
Restaurants in Key Largo

1. Island Dolphin Care

150 Lorelane Pl, Key Largo, FL 33037-4235 +1 305-451-5884
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5 based on 129 reviews

Island Dolphin Care

Please call in advance to make a reservation for your tour! Island Dolphin Care, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization is a magical place where dolphin therapy brings children with special needs, children at risk, wounded veterans and their families joy and the discovery of new abilities. Parents and participants reclaim hope, shed stress and find inspiration through activities centered around dolphin human therapy.

Reviewed By LJMeyers - Summit, New Jersey

We visited Island Dolphin care today and had a private tour with Deena Hoagland, their executive director. She spent 2 hours with our group telling us all about their mission and her personal dedication to the dolphins and organization. Its so amazing how they help...MoreThank you ! We are grateful for visitors like you an happy that you took the time to write this lovely review too - Please come back and visit your next trip to Key Largo !

2. Spiegel Grove

Key Largo, FL
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5 based on 475 reviews

Spiegel Grove

Retired 510-foot naval ship intentionally sunk to create an artificial reef for underwater diving enthusiasts.

Reviewed By Mario D - Severn, Maryland

This wreck is absolutely HUGE. When I first go on the ship,I could see that it was big. What I didn't realize, was that what I thought was the sand was actually the hold filled with sand from Hurricane Irma! When I saw the other side of the ship, I realized how immense it actually is.

There are lots of safe swim throughs. Be sure to look for the Snoopy plaque.

3. USCG Duane

Key Largo, FL
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4.5 based on 167 reviews

USCG Duane

The 329-foot Coast Guard cutter Duane was sunk in 1987 to create an "artificial reef," which was specially prepared for advanced divers with clear, open hatchways and open rooms to explore.

Reviewed By mmmdive - Copenhagen, Denmark

This means you will go down a mooring line full of fishing hooks down to 110 ft, which leaves you with very little bottom time and margin for error on the small 80 cft air tanks Ocean Divers can offer. It should be mandatory with 100 cft tanks or more with Nitrox 32 % or more for such a dive. If not they should not bring divers to such a dive spot. I recommend Horizon Divers instead.

4. African Queen Canal Cruise

U.S. Hwy 1 at mile marker 100, Holiday Inn Docks, Key Largo, FL +1 305-451-8080
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4.5 based on 660 reviews

African Queen Canal Cruise

In 2012 the iconic boat the African Queen was restored for her 100 year centennial celebration. In May 2012 she once again began plying the waters of Key Largo and currently offers canal and dinner cruises. We go out daily at 10am, 12am, 2pm, 4pm and 6pm. On Fridays and Saturdays at 6pm we offer a dinner cruise to the Pilot House Marina where passengers disembark and enjoy dinner in the restaurant before boarding the vessel once again to return to the Marina Del Mar. Dinner and lunch cruises are also available on request for groups of at least 4 people.

Reviewed By williamaI5810DW - London, Canada

For an affeciatto of African Queen the movie this cruise on that famous boat memorable thanks to Capt Dave. Only regret no souvenirs- especially no Charlie Cap! Was so looking forward to getting one. Nonetheless the cruise well worth it. Visit Alabama Jack' seafood shack along the way

5. Dolphins Plus Bayside

101900 Overseas Hwy, Bay Side, Key Largo, FL 33037-2668
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Dolphins Plus Bayside

Welcome to Dolphins Plus! Here, our guests have the exciting opportunity to observe and interact with our marine mammal friends in a unique and stimulating environment. Our guests can experience our dolphins in their natural seawater homes on the Gulf of Mexico (Bayside) in Key Largo, Florida. Along with getting to interact with our marine mammals, guests will learn all about these amazing creatures, and the importance of marine conservation, from our knowledgeable and well-trained staff of trainers and instructors. Our dolphin swims are available to the public throughout the year and are a great addition to your Florida vacation. Meet and interact with our dolphins in our hands-on Structured and Shallow Water Dolphin Swims or snorkel freely alongside the dolphins in our Guided Natural Dolphin Swim program for the dolphin encounter of a lifetime. Our dolphins are always happy to meet new friends. So, come on over and jump on in. We’ll see you at Dolphins Plus.

Reviewed By Michael M - New York City, New York

We booked a shallow water experience for our last day in the Keys -- heading from Key West to FLL. Best experience of our trip. Besides the obvious, swimming with dolphins, the entire afternoon was both fun and educational. The staff there truly loves their...MoreWe are so glad you and your family enjoyed your time here with us! We hope you come visit us again!

6. Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center

93600 Overseas Hwy, Tavernier, Key Largo, FL 33070-2815 +1 305-852-4486
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center

As a part of the FKWBC, the Laura Quinn Wild Bird Sanctuary is home to over one hundred non-releasable, permanent bird residents as well as wild birds including hawks, owls, vultures, pelicans, terns, gulls, herons, spoonbills, and many more. Visitors are invited to learn about our birds and the fragile ecosystems of the Florida Keys. The Sanctuary is open to the public from sun-rise to sun-set. Admission is free, but donations to help the FKWBC to continue to fulfill our mission are gladly accepted. The Florida Keys Wild Bird Center's mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and release native and migratory wild birds that have been harmed or displaced, to provide or locate a humane shelter for those birds that cannot be released, and to educate the public toward the importance of coexistence with all wild bird species. The Florida Keys Wild Bird Center is a 501(C)(3) Charitable Organization.

Reviewed By fionahw - Amersham, United Kingdom

We really enjoyed the variety of birds and the way they are kept. The cages have a good variety of perches and enrichment, they were clean and in good repair. The setting around the display is very natural and you can see how the Keys look when not overdeveloped.
This is an excellent way for someone of limited mobility to experience the Keys as there are well kept boardwalks suitable for wheelchairs and wheeled walkers. (Though the car park surface is not so good.)
The staff are friendly, and we also liked the little education centre and gift shop. They actually tell you in the gift shop that buying a T-shirt feeds a bird for a day and the designs were lovely. (This is down the road travelling south).
An hour or so well spent especially as there is no charge - only a request for donations.

7. Grecian Rocks

Key Largo, FL
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4.5 based on 151 reviews

Grecian Rocks

This half-mile-long, crescent-shaped patch reef is an interesting dive site since it is highly developed and similar to those of most outer bank reefs in the Key Largo area.

Reviewed By Alyssa T - Louisville, Kentucky

We took a snorkeling trip through John Pennecamp Park for $29/per person (if you need to rent snorkeling gear it's a little extra). The boat ride is about 15 minutes out to the reef and is a pretty gentle ride through mangroves and some open water. The trip was 1.5 hours total, with an hour in the water. The reef is very shallow and has some great thriving coral areas and sea grass, but unfortunately is showing some damage/bleaching as well (but this doesn't seem to be drastic)... there's still tons of fish and sealife to see. On our trip we saw barracuda, parrotfish and tons of other tropical fish, conchs, rays, sea turtle, and a few jelly fish careful and watch for the jellies to be floating at the top of the water (we only saw about 6 and did not get stung!).

8. Molasses Reef

Key Largo, FL +1 305-451-6322
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4.5 based on 713 reviews

Molasses Reef

Two ships deliberately sunk in 1987 to provide artificial reefs for experienced divers.

Reviewed By RRSHOW - Fort Wayne, Indiana

Went diving here to several sites including “the aquarium” which was AMAZING!! The amount of fish and variety of species was nothing short of breathtaking. Whether you’re a beginner or advanced, there’s something for all types of divers and snorkelers.

9. Dolphins Plus Marine Mammal Responder

31 Corrine Pl, Key Largo, FL 33037-4203 +1 305-453-4321
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5 based on 76 reviews

Dolphins Plus Marine Mammal Responder

Dolphins Plus Marine Mammal Responder (DPMMR), a 501(c).3, is committed to the conservation and protection of marine mammals, worldwide, through our active involvement in conservation, research, extensive education, and outreach programs.

Reviewed By CTornambe - Denver, Colorado

Dolphins were great. Time with dolphins and level of interaction with them was less than what we expected given that we were quoted 1-2 hours and also the cost. It was a bit brief!

10. Christ of the Deep

Key Largo, FL
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4.5 based on 311 reviews

Christ of the Deep

A 4,000 pound bronze statue of Christ installed at the Key Largo National Marine Sanctuary.

Reviewed By Apsyyy - Sydney, Australia

We had a very average experience ! we couldnt spot the statue and the water was also very murky! all the corals are bleached of dead! just avoid this place for snorkeling! traveled in Dec 2016

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