As you leave the Florida mainland, rich Gulf waters reflecting blue
skies beckon you as birds float like petals over the marsh vista.
Welcome to our island, 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.
Cedar Key is one of the oldest ports in the state, and when Florida's first railroad connected it to the east coast, it became a major supplier
of seafood and timber products to the northeast. Today it has become a haven for artists and writers who find the unspoiled environment inspirational to their work. Many people visit each year to walk the
historic streets browse the shops and galleries, explore the back bayous and enjoy the world-famous restaurants featuring seafood fresh from local waters. Annually, thousands of visitors come to enjoy the
"Sidewalk Art Festival" in April, the Fourth of July Celebration and the October Seafood Festival.
In addition to excellent fishing, birdwatching and nearby nature trails, guides are available to take parties for off-shore trips to the outer
islands. A public marina with boat docking is available.
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.
Average year-round temperature is 80
Population - approximately 1000.
Cedar Key is a city on a group of islands located 50 miles west of I-75 at Gainesville, Florida, via
State Road 24, four miles out into the Gulf of Mexico, accessible by bridges and causeways.
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