Activities Guide: Wander Islamorada Beach

Activities Guide: Wander Islamorada Beach

 Natalie profile picture NatalieMay 27, 2024

Embark on an Unforgettable Adventure in the Florida Keys: Nature, Wildlife, and Museums Await!

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Indulge your adventurous spirit with activities like snorkeling or renting a boat, or opt for an up-close encounter with marine life at a captivating marine park. Dive into the rich history of the region at fascinating museums. Explore our top three recommendations for an unforgettable Florida Keys experience!

History of Diving Museum

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Distance from Wander: 0.5 miles

Location: 82990 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036

Hours: 10AM-5PM daily 

Phone: (305) 664-9737

Website: https://divingmuseum.org/ 

Over four decades, Drs. Joe and Sally Bauer amassed one of the world's largest and most comprehensive collections of diving helmets, air pumps, armored suits, and diving memorabilia, representing over 30 countries. Their passion for diving history led them to establish The History of Diving Museum in the Florida Keys, where their extensive collection serves to educate and inspire the public. 

Tip: For a fascinating dive into local history, visit the Keys History & Discovery Center at the Islander Resort, open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Explore exhibits on Native Americans, pirates, and Spanish treasure fleets, along with a stunning Coral Reef Exploration exhibit in partnership with Mote Marine Laboratory, a 16th-century cannon, and an 18th-century anchor, plus rotating displays and a state-of-the-art theater showcasing documentaries on Henry Flagler’s Over-Sea Railway and the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane. For more information, go to https://www.keysdiscovery.com/

Clearly Unique Charters

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Distance from Wander: 2 miles

Location: Islander Resort 82100 Cheeca Lodge & Spa, 81801 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036

Hours: 8AM-7PM daily 

Phone: (305) 747-8651

Website: https://www.clearlyuniquecharters.com/ 

Discover the beauty of the Florida Keys with Clearly Unique's snorkeling, sandbar, and sunset trips. Whether snorkeling the stunning reefs of Islamorada, relaxing at the famous sandbar, or enjoying a sunset cruise, these highly-rated tours offer unforgettable experiences led by expert guides. With family-friendly options, paddleboards, and complimentary drinks on select trips, Clearly Unique ensures a memorable adventure for all visitors.

Tip: As an alternate option, you can experience the beautiful reefs off Islamorada with Wild Dolphin Tours https://www.wilddolphintours.com/, offering a two-hour snorkel trip or private boat tours. Options include snorkeling at prime locations like Alligator Lighthouse or Cheeca Rocks, a sandbar-only tour for families with small children, and a customizable four-hour private charter, all with snorkeling gear and bottled water provided.

Theater of the Sea 

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Distance from Wander: 1 mile

Location: 84721 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036

Hours: 9:30AM-5PM daily

Phone: (305) 664-2431

Website: https://theaterofthesea.com/ 

Theater of the Sea in the Florida Keys is a popular marine park destination offering immersive experiences with dolphins, sea lions, sea turtles, and more in a lush tropical setting. Visitors can enjoy interactive shows, a bottomless boat ride, a lagoon-side beach, and various animal encounter programs, including swimming with dolphins, snorkeling with rays, and meeting sea turtles and parrots. Since 1946, this family-owned park has been dedicated to providing a wonderful home for its animals while offering unforgettable experiences to its guests. 

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