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Artsy Old-Time Florida in Cedar Key

A December 2005 trip to Cedar Key by bathtubjake

Quote: If you'd like to see Florida as it was before the roller coasters screamed and when "water park" meant the local beach, Cedar Key is for you!

Artsy Old-Time Florida in Cedar Key

Overview

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Cedar Key is small laid-back island west of Gainesville, Florida, 3 miles out into the Gulf of Mexico at the end of Route 24. This is a relaxed place filled with funky art galleries and gift shops. There is a small beach and some fun restaurants. If you're lucky, you'll see some of the wilder residents, like pelicans, dolphins, and horseshoe crabs.Quick Tips: Pick up a Cedar Key Beacon for a mere .50. The weekly paper is new on Thursdays, and most shops sell copies at the cash register.Dock Street has most of the restaurants, including the Seabreeze, The Depot, The Captain's Table, and Froggy's which all have great views of the Gulf of Mexico. In addition to watching pleasure boats, s...Read More

Seabreeze On The Dock

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Restaurant | "Seabreeze"

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The Seabreeze dominates the skyline of Cedar Key along Dock Street. One corner of the building has a tower that resembles a lighthouse, so it is easy to spot. The entrance is at ground level, and the bar is located on that floor. The main dining room, however, is on the second floor, which can be reached by either stairs or elevator. The decor suits the atmosphere prevalent on Dock Street, with weathered wood, sailing and fishing artifacts, and nets that have probably had a former life in the Gulf. The real attraction is the floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides of the dining room, affording a fabulous view of Gulf and Atsena Otsie Key. You will certainly see local fishermen bringing in their catch ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 18, 2006

Seabreeze On The Dock
310 Dock Street
Cedar Key, Florida 32625
352) 543-5738

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Every year in mid-April, the tiny population of Cedar Key swells with pride and excitement for the Arts Festival. The many local artists flood the galleries, and other artists bring their wares to a myriad of booths set up on the main streets of downtown. Come prepared to walk, as you won't get near Dock Street with a car. The atmosphere is fun and festive, and the artwork ranges from gallery quality to just fun and funky.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 18, 2006

Cedar Key Arts Festival
Downtown Cedar Key
Cedar Key, Florida 32625
(352) 543-5600

Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

Attraction | "Homossassa State Park"

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Just about 90 minutes south of Cedar Key is Homossassa State Park, home to the endangered manatees. It originally began as a private enterprise, but is now run by the state. This is your best opportunity to get an up close look at manatees, or sea cows. They resemble small whales, but are actually related to the elephant. These incredibly gentle creatures have no natural enemies, but their curiousity and slow speed means that they often have enounters with the problems of man, getting injured by boat propellers and underwater debris. After parking in the front lot, walk through the headquarters building to either the boat dock or the tram station. Either one will take you through a bit...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 21, 2007

Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
4150 S. Suncoast Blvd.
Homosassa, Florida 34446
(352) 628-5343

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