7 days in Marathon & Key West Itinerary

7 days in Marathon & Key West Itinerary

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7 days in Marathon & Key West Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  8​h 15​min
1
Marathon
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Key West
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h
End: New York City

3
nights
Marathon

Marathon ©
A tiny city just 16 km (10 mi) long, Marathon is spread across several islands in the middle of the Florida Keys.
Attractions like Bahia Honda State Park and The Turtle Hospital make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Marathon side-trips: Islamorada (Robbie's of Islamorada & Islamorada Beer Company Brewery and Tasting Room) and National Key Deer Refuge (in Big Pine Key). There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Sombrero Beach and look for all kinds of wild species at Pigeon Key Foundation.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Marathon online journey planner .

New York City to Marathon is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from New York City in December, with highs in Marathon at 80°F and lows at 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Key West.

Things to do in Marathon

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Islamorada, Big Pine Key
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Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park
National Key Deer Refuge ©
National Key Deer Refuge
Dolphin Research Center ©
Dolphin Research Center

3
nights
Key West

Key West ©
Located just 140 km (90 mi) from Cuba, Key West is an island only about 6.4 km (4 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory and Fort Zachary Taylor. The adventure continues: examine the collection at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at Key West Cemetery, contemplate the long history of Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, and explore the galleries of Truman Little White House.

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Key West trip itinerary app .

Take a bus from Marathon to Key West in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daily temperatures in Key West can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Fort Zachary Taylor ©
Fort Zachary Taylor
The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum ©

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