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Cedar Key FL Eco-Tourism

Dolphins are common visitors in Cedar Key, FLThe Cedar Keys and Florida's Nature Coast is largely undiscovered - there are plenty of parks and wildlife refuges that are perfect for the serious eco-tourist. Below is a list of some of our favorite places for birding and just enjoying nature.

The Birds of Cedar Key (pdf)
Check out some of the birds you'll find in Cedar Key...
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens just outside of Gainesville, FL are a beautiful and relaxing place to stop if you have time. They offer paved paths amongst lovely plants. This is definitely a "must see" if you have a couple of hours on your way out to Cedar Key.
GORP Guide to Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge
The Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1929. Three of the islands are designated as breeding grounds for birds including: herons, egrets, brown pelicans, and ibises. Sea Horse Key, in particular, is off-limits to people during breeding season (approximately March through June), but the birds are very visible on other islands and in the town of Cedar Key.
Official Site: Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge
The Cedar Keys NWR website offers statistics, history, a brochure of the refuge, wildlife list, and information about other area wildlife refuges.
Manatee Springs State Park
Manatee Springs is a 1/2 hour drive north and east of Cedar Key. Situated on the Suwannee River, the park is a terrific day trip. There's an excellent boardwalk through a cypress swamp out to the Suwannee where the dock offers excellent views of the river and often manatees swimming. Along the banks of the river are trees that are home to the largest collection of vultures we've ever seen. These birds are fascinating to watch. Canoe rentals available, diving in the incredibly blue springs is a favorite for scuba divers. The park also has walking trails, a children's play area, and a swimming beach. This is a terrific trip!
Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve
The Cedar Key Scrub Reserve offers twelve miles of marked walking trails located off of Rt. 24 just outside of Cedar Key. This is a nice trail for folks interested in the area flora and fauna. It's not a trail really suitable for children or visitors looking to be "awed" or entertained. Quiet, sandy, and extremely hot in summer.
Cedar Key Museum State Park
Cedar Key has a terrific museum located in the town of Cedar Key featuring the history of the area, historical artifacts, an extensive shell collection, and a short nature trail. This is a good tour for children and adults!
Suwanne River Estuary
Enjoy the photos and information about the Suwanee River and the importance in the eco-system of Florida.
Nature Operations Division
A collection of small nature parks and wildlife protection areas in the greater Gainesville area. Part of the Gainesville Recreation and Parks Department.
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Vacation rentals on the island of Cedar Key, Florida on the Nature Coast

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