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Reported: Jan. 2011; latest update: Oct. 2015

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Cedar Key Island HotelCedar Key Island Hotel

Cedar Key is our top choice for small town bike rides. Listed on the National Historic Site Register, Cedar Key is what Key West was 50 years ago. For the laid-back traveler, this is the perfect stop - a step back into Old Florida. Whether you like to relax, fish, tour, bike ride, hike, or kayak, you can find your niche. (Detailed map and photos below.)

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End Points: While there is no specified bike trail, the entire town is good for biking.
Surface: Various.
Location: Levy County. The heart of the Cedar Keys, Cedar Key is located 50 miles southwest of Gainesville, 3 hours north of Tampa, and 3 hours west of Jacksonville. (See detailed map, left)
Nearby Points of Interest: Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge, Shell Mound archaeological site, Cedar Key Historical Museum, Cedar Key Museum State Park   


When you're on Cedar Key and there's sunshine, you won't need a car. The entire town (3 keys) makes for a great ride.

It's about 13 miles total if you bike the circumference of the three connecting keys and take in all the interesting side streets. Other than a sidewalk/bike path along a portion of the causeway into town and another on Way Key leading to the Museum State Park, this is street biking. But no worries, as things move slowly here. Bikes (and golf carts) are part of the culture. Many locals bike to work. Some motels keep an assortment of old beach cruisers for the use of their guests.

The most interesting sections are the original town and any portions of the ride along the Gulf shore. Slow down and look around. There are many places you'll want to stop and explore. Most people don't bother locking their bikes, but if you have a nice one, I recommend doing so.

Good orientation points are the two museums, Cedar Key Historical Museum on the N.W. corner of D Street and 2nd Street and Cedar Key Museum State Park on Way Key about 1.7 miles from downtown. Check out the Island Hotel (National Register of Historical Buildings) bar and lobby and of course there's an assortment of galleries and gift shops. Biking is just part of the allure. Rent a kayak or try some fishing. This is an out-of-the-way place, so much so that most Floridians have never been here. It's also very laid back, one of a kind, and we love it.

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Beachside (G Street)
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Sadly, the "Honeymoon Cottage" has finally blown down.
On the left in 2008, on the right in 2015
Old Main Street (2nd Street)
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  Cedar Key
Historical Museum
Historic Island Hotel  
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Bridge to Dock Street
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Dock Street
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  The old pier (left) had more character;
the new pier (right) won't blow away in a hurricane!
Town of Cedar Key
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Quaint old homes, some offer lodging Sunrise from
the balcony
Yum - frozen kayaks!
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Cedar Key from the water Fishing is a
favorite pastime
Cedar Key Pelicans
Along the Causeway (Rt. 24)
The only road into (and out of) town
Causeway Rt 24Causeway Rt 24 Fishing dockFishing dock Causeway restaurantCauseway restaurant Harvesting clams on Cedar KeyHarvesting clams on Cedar Key
    Blue Desert Cafe,
good (spicy) seafood soup
Harvesting clams
Ride to the airport is about 1.3 miles from town
(distances all measured from the Historical Museum)
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  Formerly, it was possible to bike along the runway
but now fenced in. View in 2010 on the left,
2015 on the right.
Sunset from the airport
Cedar Key Cemetery
The cemetery is about 1.2 miles from town.
Cemetery Point Park has a boardwalk with views of the saltwater marshes.
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Cedar Key State Park Museum
Ride to the State Park Museum is about 1.7 miles from town
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      St. Clair Whitman Home
Lower Suwanee National Wildlife Refuge Suwannee River
Lower Suwannee National Wildlife RefugeLower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge Lower Suwannee National Wildlife RefugeLower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge Suwannee RiverSuwannee River Suwannee River SunsetSuwannee River sunset
Shell Mound Horseshoe Beach
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Also visit us here: Paddling (Kayak, Canoe) at Cedar Key

More Information on Cedar Key (links open in a new window):

- Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce
- - Tourism Guide, Kayaking, Travel, Lodging, Vacation Rental

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