This Hidden Destination In Florida Is A Secret Only Locals Know About

The Florida Keys are beautiful and unique, and that makes them very popular with tourists. There aren’t a lot of little-known places left to discover. One of the most historic places on the island, however, is hiding in plain sight.

Pigeon Key was used to house workers on Henry Flagler’s Overseas Railroad, an over 100-mile extension of the Florida East Coast Railway that connected Miami to Key West.

Today, the 5-acre island nestled under the old Seven Mile Bridge (at the 45-mile marker) is only accessible by ferry or a 2-mile walk on the old highway (though at the time of this writing the ramp is closed for repairs). The island and its historic structures are maintained by a non-profit, the Pigeon Key Foundation, devoted to preserving the history of the Keys. Some of these buildings provided housing for the hundreds of railroad workers living here in the early 1900s.

So what is there to do on this little island? Stop by the Assistant Bridge Tender’s House to see the small museum stocked with photographs and artifacts from the island’s past. Historical tours of the island’s remaining structures are given daily. Visitors also enjoy fishing, snorkeling (bring your own gear), and relaxing with a picnic lunch in this quiet little corner of paradise.

Check out the photos below for a glimpse of Pigeon Key:

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:

Planning a trip to the Keys? Check out 10 Things You Can Only Do In The Florida Keys.