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I Spy State Parks

The Island Heritage Tours at Robbie's Marina reveal another side of our seaside paradise that Islamorada resort visitors don't often get a chance to see. Head over to Robbie's, a local landmark in itself, and climb aboard the Happy Cat, a well-equipped 43' catamaran charting a course for historic Indian Key and Lignumvitae Botanical State Park. Once the base of operations for a lucrative business salvaging cargo from Florida Keys shipwrecks, Indian Key was the first county seat of Dade County. Lignumvitae is a step back in time. Don't miss the 1919 coral rock home of the Matheson family. Back at Robbie's, grab a bite at the Hungry Tarpon restaurant and check out the island art of local artists Nadine and Glenn Lahti, whose colorful Key West oils and acrylics – framed in handmade frames fashioned of wood from lobster traps – will be a treasured reminder of your Islamorada vacation.

Address: 77522 Overseas Highway, Islamorada