Welcome to Cedar Key, a place where time stands still and allows you to enjoy the unique qualities of our coastal environment.
Cedar Key is a quiet island community nestled among many tiny keys on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Long admired for its natural beauty and abundant supply of seafood, it is a tranquil village, rich with the almost forgotten history of old Florida.
Our island is located 50 miles southwest of Gainesville, Florida. It sits three miles out into the Gulf of Mexico. Highway 24 is only one road coming into town. It crosses over the salt marshes and channels on four small, low bridges. The population is approximately 800 full time residents.
There are no high rises or huge apartment complexes. We are a community of quaint cottages, single-family homes, working water front and aquaculture structures. The view as you cross the Number Four Bridge is spell-binding.
Cedar Key is a haven for artists, writers and “adventure” tourists, who find the unspoiled environment their inspiration. Thousands of visitors come annually to enjoy the “Old Florida Celebration of the Arts” in April, Clamerica on July 4th, the October Seafood Festival, and The Stargazing Party in February. Our island provides a place for excellent fishing, bird watching, nature trails, kayaking and coastal guided tours. Federally protected sanctuaries, the Cedar Keys form a chain of barrier islands ideally suited to a vast range of migratory and shore birds, including the elusive white pelican, roseate spoonbill and bald eagle. The variety of natural habitats, from salt marshes to Indian shell mounds, makes this truly a nature lover's paradise.
The small town feeling is absolute ¬– transportation is by car, but the road is shared with bicycles and golf-carts. Drivers and pedestrians wave to locals and visitors alike greeting each other with a warm welcome to our island. The nearest major airports are Tampa and Orlando, there’s a regional airport in nearby Gainesville, and we have an airstrip on the island where many small plane enthusiasts land. Put Cedar Key Welcome Center on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Cedar Key road trip planner.
Cedar Key Welcome Center Reviews
Staff here set out an itinerary of most interesting things to do in two days in Cedar Keys. All their suggestions were interesting and enjoyable. more »
We stopped by to get some information about Cedar Key and the area and were greeted and felt like we were coming home to some old friends. The lovely lady running the place was so sweet and helpful... more »
Outstanding source of information! Very nice person here. She is willing to talk about just about anything and wants you to know about her town! We loved staying and talking! If there is information to be had, you can get it here. She even explained about the closed businesses and why they closed. Her recommendations were spot on!
Friendliest staff and very knowledgeable. Go see for yourself.
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