Cedar Key Boardwalk
Fishing is King
Cedar Key Aerial
Fanning Springs State Park
A Taste of “Old Florida”
If you want to visit a piece of “Old Florida,” tell Siri to take you to the tiny enclave of Cedar Key. Rich in small town flavor, this quaint, old-fashioned vacation town, with its lovely beaches, great fishing and lush natural preserves, is a haven for artists and writers who find inspiration from the unspoiled environment. Located about 60 miles southwest of Gainesville and three miles out into the Gulf of Mexico, it’s an island whose out of the way location helps keep it authentic and where time seems to stand still.
This is a place where houses and stores stand like herons perched on stilts above the Gulf and where the police greet you from spiffed up golf carts. As one of the nation’s top sources of farm-raised clams, it’s easy to find tasty clam chowder here along with some of the best “Cracker Cuisine” in Florida.
Ahoy, mateys! The annual pirate invasion is back and it’s time to pillage, plunder and battle for the right to claim Cedar Key. Enjoy a fun, family-friendly weekend of wenches, pirates, cannon firing, traditional food and grog, kid’s activities and more. Free. Times TBA. 192 2nd St.
Now through January 2
See the Historic Haile Homestead decorated for the holidays and learn more about the history of the 1856 HomesteadLearn about the Haile family and about the enslaved laborers and freedmen, whose stories are intertwined into the fabric of the tours. For a reason lost to time, the Haile family wrote on the walls of their home – over 12,500 words in almost every room and closet. The walls speak of the joys and sorrows of more than a century ago. Tours take place through January 2 on Saturdays and Sundays.
Now through January 1
It’s the most wonderful time of the year at Fairfield Inn & Suites. Enjoy specialty holiday drinks featuring Holiday Sangria, Santa’s Shake and Cranberry Martini. The Fairfield bar will be open on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day. Enjoy a festive treat and celebrate the holidays.
Now through Thursday, December 30, 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Believe, Experience and Dream at the Polar Express at Dudley Farm
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg takes its audience on a magical train ride on Christmas Eve. A young boy travels to the North Pole to receive a special gift from Santa. The evening’s presentation includes visits with Santa and complimentary hot cocoa and cookies.
City of Gainesville’s Parks in the Parks New Year’s Eve Celebration at Depot Park
Friday, December 31, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Spark Wonder NYE at the Cade Museum
Watch the final sunset of 2021 and celebrate New Year’s Eve in Depot Park.
A family-friendly dance party starts at 5 p.m. and the 20-minute fireworks display starts at
6:30 p.m. Pets are highly discouraged.
Friday, December 31, 5:30 p.m.
This family-friendly event features a glow party, games and experiments, a photo booth, raffle prizes, New Year’s resolutions, a countdown to the New Year in another time zone, and more.
Friday, December 31, 9 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
Ring in the new year with live music in downtown Gainesville. Enjoy reggae from King Eddie and Pili Pili, and jazz Decyo McDuffie with the Larry Newcomb Quartet. Admission is free.
Friday, December 31, 10 p.m.
Enjoy dancing, drinks, festive surprises and more. Music by DJs Cameron Gregory, Wedding Crashers, Joey Funk, City Baby and more.
What is Cedar Key Known For?
Cedar Key is known for many things, including:
Cute small beach town charm
A variety of cute boutiques and restaurants
The Cedar Key National Wildlife Refuge
Cedar Key Museum State Park
Cedar Key Historical Society Museum
Cedar Key Beach
Kayaking and nature watching
Waterfront dining, including freshly caught seafood
CEDAR KEY HISTORICAL MUSEUM
3030 N. McMullen Booth Rd.
609 2nd St., Cedar Key, FL 32625
Su - F 1 - 4pm; Sa 11am - 5pm
352-543-5549 | cedarkeyhistoricalmuseum.org
Explore Cedar Key’s Rich History
This lovely small town museum is home to several exhibits detailing the picturesque nvillage’s history dating back to prehistoric times. Exhibits include Native American artifacts, the 2nd Seminole Indian War, John Muir’s Journey, Cedar Pencil Industry, Seafood and Clam
Industry, Florida Railroad
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PLACE CAPTION HERE
83 WEST 310 Dock St. | Cedar Key, Fl 32625
352-543-5070; | 83westcedarkey.com
Open Su - W 11am - 8pm; | F - Sa 11am - 10pm; | Closed Th
A Local Take On Southern Seafood
Southern-style dishes inspired by fresh local seafood, seasonal produce and Cedar Key’s heritage are the signature of this charming dockside restaurant that boasts spectacular water views from every seat. Executive Chef/Owner, Jordan Keeton sources fresh, local seafood, meats and produce to create old Florida favorites with a thoroughly modern twist. The Shrimp & Anson Mills Grits with andouille sausage is just wonderful; the Fried Green Tomatoes are absolutely delicious and beautifully plated; and the house-made Key Lime Cake is unique and delicious. Florida brewed beers, and craft distilled spirits, too!