A Visitor's Guide to Cedar Key, Florida.

The Quaint Island Community on Florida's Nature Coast.

Cedar Key Attractions, Events, Boat Rentals, Fishing, Lodging, Condo Rentals, Real Estate, Restaurants, Shopping and more.

Welcome to Cedar Key, Florida... a place where time stands still and you can experience a bit of "Old Florida".  This tranquil island village offers much natural beauty to residents and visitors alike.  In Cedar Key you'll find that the overall attitude and lifestyle is casual and relaxed and locals will greet you with friendly, smiling faces.

This small island is part of a barrier reef located just off the Gulf Coast of Florida in the southern end of what is known as the "Big Bend" area.  To get there you will traverse a causeway which consists of a series of bridges and roads. Cedar Key is part of Levy County, Florida and has a year-round population of just under 1,000.

Cedar Key is a haven for artists and writers, many of whose works can be seen in local restaurants and galleries.  Fishing has also been a way of life for a very long time in this island community.  Fishermen can find many varieties of fish including cobia, grouper, redfish and trout.  Cedar Key is also known world-wide for its farm-raised clams.  Fresh seafood can be found on the menu of almost every restaurant in the area.

Cedar Key is one of those rare places in Florida which has managed to maintain a sense of "Old Florida"... where there is little traffic and people are laid-back and friendly.  A tranquil oasis where stress is not part of the vocabulary.  Change takes place at a slow pace on this island.  Being off the beaten track and not a typical tourist hotspot, Cedar Key is an ideal place for those seeking rest and relaxation.

Sunsets on Cedar Key are spectacular and just part of what make this peaceful and relaxing vacation destination for many visitors.  

Thanks in part to the Cedar Key National Wildlife Refuge, it's also a favorite vacation spot for birding enthusiasts who come to Cedar Key for its excellent birdwatching.  Throughout the region, you can see egrets, herons, ibis osprey, storks and brown pelicans among others.

Cedar Key events and happenings include:

  • Old Florida Celebration of the Arts (April)
  • "Pottery, Crafts and Art in the Park" (June)
  • Clamerica Celebration on the 4th of July
  • Seahorse Key Lighthouse Open House 
    (3rd weekend of October)
  • Nature Coast Birding and Wildlife Experience (takes place in the Fall; find out more)
  • Cedar Key Seafood Festival (October)

Cedar Key facts and trivia:

  • It has a U.S. registered historic district.
  • Elevation is just 10 feet above sea level.
  • Per the Census: total area is 2 miles squared.
  • Zip Code for Cedar Key, Florida: 32625
  • Cedar Key Map

Cedar Key, Florida - Restaurants / Places to Eat:

There are various dining options available in Cedar Key.  Regardless of which one you choose, you're sure to find an excellent selection of fresh local seafood including Cedar Key's delicious clams.  Following are select restaurants / eateries... click through the links below to learn more about what each one has to offer.

Coconuts of Cedar Key - "On the Dock"... a sports tavern with a private fishing deck and some of the best views!  352-543- 6390

Island Hotel Restaurant - On the National Register of Historic Places and a favorite of some mainlanders.  352-543-5111

Island Room Restaurant at Cedar Cove - Has received Florida Trend magazine's "Top 250 Award" several years.  352-543-6520

Cedar Key, Florida - Shopping:

Don't let the small size of Cedar Key fool you.  Here, you'll find a variety of shops that sell just about everything... art galleries, a bookstore, clothing store, gift/souvenir shops, grocery store, and hardware store, just to name a few.  Although the main business district in Cedar Key is located on Dock St. and Second St., be sure to check out the surrounding streets where you'll find additional shops, galleries, etc.  If you don't find what you need there, chances are you'll find it in one of the stores along SR 24.

Cedar Keyhole Gallery - 457 2nd Street, Cedar Key, FL  |  352-543-5801

Curmudgeonalia (Bookstore) - 598 2nd Street, Cedar Key, FL  |  352-543-6789

Island Arts Co-operative Art Gallery - 509 2nd Street, Cedar Key, FL  |  352-543-6677

Cedar Key Accommodations / Lodging / Condo Rentals/Places to Stay:

Cedar Key Bed and Breakfast - 810 3rd Street, Cedar Key, FL  |  352-543-9000

Nature's Landing Condominiums - daily, weekly, monthly rentals - 7041 Depot Street, Cedar Key, FL  |  352-543-9161



Cedar Key Fishing and Boating

Fishing has been and continues to be a way of life for some residents of this island community.  Cedar Key's ideal location along Florida's Gulf Coast makes for some great fishing as well as fish stories!  Whether you want to go sports fishing or just want to do some recreational boating or even kayaking (another popular sport around Cedar Key), there are plenty of choices to pick from in Cedar Key.  The vendors below offer various options including island tours, island drop-offs/shuttle services, tours of the Suwanee River, birding tours, coastal marsh tours and sunset cruises.  Come explore the scenic views and wildlife of Cedar Key along Florida's beautiful Nature Coast!

Cedar Key Boat Rentals / Tours:

Cedar Key Island Hopper - 352-543-5904

Kayak Cedar Keys - 352-543-9447

Lost Mangrove Outfitters - 352-362-5203

Tidewater Tours with Captain Doug Maple - 352-543-9523

Cedar Key Fishing Guides / Charters:

Barhopper Charters with Captain Tracy Collins - 352-543-0118

Grouper Therapy - 352-363-0244

Hooked Up Charters - 352-949-0721

Cedar Key, Florida - Marina:

Cedar Key Marina - 352-543-6148