Cedar Key Boardwalk
Fishing is King
Cedar Key Aerial
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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.
April 1 - 2
Old Florida Celebration of the Arts
Cedar Key: With its beautiful historic downtown setting and $12,000 in prize money, this tiny Old Florida town attracts top talent and big crowds. The juried fine art is top notch and the festival is now recognized as one of the best Small Town Art Fairs in the country. Takes place on Sa from 10am - 5pm and on Su from 10am - 4pm. Info: 352-543- 5400
OTHER FLORIDA HAPPENINGS
Fort Myers: Every first Friday of the month the Historic River District in downtown Fort Myers comes alive with art shows, live artists, dining and shopping. Takes place from 6pm to 10pm.
March 3 - 12
Daytona: This 10 day high octane party is considered to be the “World’s Largest Motorcycle Event” and attracts over 500,000 motorcyclists and enthusiasts who make the annual pilgrimage. Celebrations take place all overtown and include street festivals, concerts, motorcycle races at Daytona International Speedway, bike shows, rallies, manufacturer showcases and much more.
April 21 - 30
Annual Conch Republic Independence Celebration
Key West: This raucous annual event commemorates the founding of our
Conch Republic. The celebration includes a ton of fun events including a big Kick-Off Party, Conch Republic Music Party, Boat Parade, Art & Craft Fair, Pirate’s Ball, Red Ribbon Bed Races, a wacky “Drag Queen” Race and much more. Info: 305-296-0213
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!