Hidden on a secluded island in The Florida Keys are the ruins of a mysterious ghost town. You can visit Indian Key Historic State Park and discover what remains of a lost village from the 1800s. Hop in a kayak or paddleboard and make your way to this lush island this summer for a unique experience.  

Indian Key is an 11-acre uninhabited island located off the Overseas Highway in Islamadora, FL. The island is currently open to visitors from 8 a.m. to sunset with just a $2.50 admission fee that you can pay online before you go. 

This historic spot dates back to the 18th century. The island's residents ran a successful business collecting items from nearby shipwrecks. The town was burned down in 1840, leaving only ruins behind. 

This beautiful location can only be accessed by water, so gear up for an unforgettable nautical adventure. You can rent kayaks and paddleboards for your trip to Indian Key at Robbie's Marina and the Kayak Shack

The crystal-clear emerald waters make this half-mile kayaking trip a stunning journey. When you reach the key, you'll be immersed in a wild paradise. Break out your snorkel gear and dive in to see the coral reefs bursting with colorful life surrounding the island. 

Once you've had your fill of the water, it's time to wander this enchanting island. Look for signs directing you down "Centre Street" and "Forth Street," plus one pointing you to "Town Square." You can follow the paths and roam this forgotten beach town.

Make sure to also check out the observation tower for sweeping views of the village ruins. 

Try something new this summer and paddle out to Indian Key with your pals. You'll feel like an explorer discovering a lost civilization while you wander through the remains of this little town in the Keys.

Indian Key Historic State Park 

Price: $2.50

Address: Indian Key, Islamorada, FL 

Why You Need To Go: You can spend a day exploring a ghost town on a secluded island.


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.


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