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A long walk or jog out on the Old Seven Mile Bridge will supply you with a bird's eye view of the sea life beneath it's spans. Pigeon Key , which was a base camp for the workers building the Overseas Highway, lies off the Marathon end of the bridge. Visitors are welcome to tour this 3.2-acre island, which still holds several of the restored old buildings that look very much as they did when the village closed in 1935.
A visit to the Museums of Crane Point would be a pleasant and interesting way to spend an afternoon. This 63-acre archeological preserve displays a family of Key Deer and a large community of Keys birds. The museum houses an extensive display of photographs of the Florida Keys, shot from space, and a photographic history of the construction of the Overseas Railroad. A nature trail takes you along a winding path through the exotic vegetation of the Crane Hammock and passes by a sinkhole that exposes ancient ocean fossils that were once beneath the surface of the ocean. An alternate trail takes you to the Adderly House which is a good example of homes built by blacks in the Bahamas in the 19th Century. Aderly, a lay Episcopal minister, lived in the house until 1950.
Beaches are at a premium here, but there are a few worth visiting. Sombrero Beach is busy public area which can be accessed by driving from the Overseas Highway down Sombrero Boulevard. The park includes picnic tables, grills, a playground, softball diamond and volleyball net. A protective net surrounds a large, deep swimming area. Coco Plum Beach is one of the premier beaches in the Marathon area. You can find more seashells here than most any other place in the Keys. Long Key State Recreational Area features a half-mile of natural shoreline, a nature walk, picnic areas and campsites. The Golden Orb Weaver Nature Trail is named after the spiders that live and spin their webs there. Canoe and bike rentals are available.
Key Colony Beach has a nine-hole golf course with reasonable prices. Sombrero Country Club is not open to the public; a letter of reference from the visitor's local country club is needed for admission.
Deep sea fishing is a different experience in the Middle Keys. The Gulf Stream's Marathon Key West Hump creates a popular feeding ground for big gamefish . The gulf side is deeper and more open in this area, making fishing there something special. And, when the waters on the ocean side are too rough for you, a move to the Gulf side can can give you a much smoother boating experience. Both private and party charters are available.
Bridge fishing is a passion here. The Old Seven Mile Bridge and the Long Key Bridge provide ample opportunity for this less expensive alternative to charterboat fishing.
Great dive spots are plentiful in the area. Scuba divers and snorkelers alike will enjoy the prime spots of Coffins Patch and Sombrero Reef. Divers can enjoy wreck diving at The Barge and Thunderbolt sites.
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