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A Close-up Of A White Substance On A Sandy Surface​​​​​​Steeped in sunshine and brimming with marine life, Key Largo isn't just a tropical paradise; it's a place woven with a rich history. Beyond the turquoise waters and swaying palm trees lie captivating historical sites that transport you back in time. Here are five must-visit historical sites in Key Largo that will ignite your curiosity and leave a lasting impression:

 

1. John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park:

Address: 102 Audubon Blvd, Key Largo, FL 33037 

Admission: Entrance fees apply for vehicles and pedestrians.

Kid-Friendly: Yes.

Accessible: Partially accessible.

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is a jewel in Key Largo's crown. Established in 1960, it was the first underwater park in the contiguous United States. This 70,000-acre underwater wonderland boasts the only living coral reef system in the continental US. Take a glass-bottom boat tour to marvel at the vibrant underwater world, or strap on a snorkel or scuba gear to experience the dazzling coral reefs teeming with marine life. The park's visitor center offers interactive exhibits that delve into the delicate ecosystem and Key Largo's fascinating maritime history.

Fascinating Fact: John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park was named after John Pennekamp, a journalist who tirelessly advocated for the protection of the fragile coral reefs.

 

2. Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park:

Address: Mile Marker 95.6, Key Largo, FL 33037 [Website: floridastateparks.org]

Admission: Entrance fees apply for vehicles.

Kid-Friendly: Yes.

Accessible: Limited accessibility.

Escape the usual Florida scenery and step into a verdant oasis at Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park. This 56-acre park protects one of the few remaining hardwood hammocks in the Florida Keys. Hike along scenic trails beneath a canopy of towering gumbo limbo trees, air plants, and strangler figs. Keep an eye out for elusive Key Largo cotton rats and listen for the melodic calls of colorful birds. The park also features a butterfly garden, a boardwalk through a mangrove forest, and a historical exhibit showcasing the area's past.

Fascinating Fact: The Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park was once a pineapple plantation, a prominent industry in Key Largo's history.

 

3. The Keys History & Discovery Center:

Address: 82100 Overseas Highway, MM 82, on the property of the Islander Resort

Admission: General Admission: $15. Seniors: $12.50. Students: $6. Children under 6: free. Active Duty Military and Veterans: free. Museums for All rate*: $3 (with presentation of SNAP EBT card).

Kid-Friendly: Yes. The Discovery Center offers interactive exhibits and a theater perfect for families.

Accessible: The museum is mostly accessible.

Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Key Largo's history at The Keys History & Discovery Center. Explore compelling exhibits that showcase the indigenous peoples who first inhabited the islands, the arrival of Spanish conquistadors, the fascinating era of wrecking, and the transformation of Key Largo into a popular tourist destination. The Discovery Center also features a theater that showcases historical films and presentations.

Fascinating Fact: The Keys History & Discovery Center is located on the grounds of the Islander Resort, a historic property that once served as a World War II base camp.

 

4. African American Cemetery at John Brewer Ocean Park:

Address: 9980 Blvd, Key Largo, FL 33037

Admission: Free and open to the public.

Kid-Friendly: Yes, with sensitivity.

Accessible: Mostly accessible.

A poignant reminder of Key Largo's diverse past is the African American Cemetery at John Brewer Ocean Park. This historic burial ground is the final resting place for many African Americans who contributed significantly to Key Largo's development, particularly in the construction of the Overseas Railroad. Take a moment of reflection as you explore the weathered headstones and contemplate the stories etched within this hallowed space.

Fascinating Fact: The African American Cemetery at John Brewer Ocean Park is one of the few remaining cemeteries in the Florida Keys dedicated to the African American community.

 

5. Indian Key State Historic Site:

Address: Accessible by boat only from Key Largo or Islamorada. Contact the park for ferry information.

Admission: Entrance fees apply. Ferry fees apply (not included in park entrance fee).

Kid-Friendly: Yes, with adult supervision. Be aware of uneven terrain and boat travel.

Accessible: Limited accessibility due to boat travel and uneven terrain.

For a truly unique historical experience, embark on a boat tour to Indian Key State Historic Site. This captivating island was once a thriving settlement dating back to the mid-1800s. Explore the remnants of a bustling community, including the foundations of a saloon, a hotel, and a post office. Learn about the island's fascinating history, from its role as a center for wrecking to its tragic demise due to a hurricane in 1936.

Fascinating Fact: Indian Key was once nicknamed "The Isle of Eight Flags" due to the numerous countries that claimed ownership over the island throughout its history.

 

Key Largo Accommodations Close to Historical Sites

After a captivating exploration of Key Largo's historical sites, unwind in luxurious comfort at Ocean Pointe Suites. Nestled on 60 private acres overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, our resort offers spacious condo rentals, perfect for families or groups. Unwind on your private balcony, savoring breathtaking ocean views, or take a dip in our expansive Jr. Olympic sized pool. Enjoy a delicious meal poolside at our bar and grill, or challenge your loved ones to a match on our tennis courts.

 

Stay at Ocean Pointe Suites at Key Largo

Ocean Pointe Suites' prime location places you within easy reach of all the historical sites mentioned above. John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park and the Key Largo Lighthouse are just a short drive away, while the African American Cemetery at John Brewer Ocean Park is practically next door. Islamorada Historical Society Museum is a scenic coastal drive south on Overseas Highway.

Embrace the history and natural beauty of Key Largo, and create lasting memories at Ocean Pointe Suites.

Book your luxurious escape today!

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