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24 Fabulous Things To Do in Key Largo, Florida

Four snorkelers in the neon teal water at Pennekamp State Park in Key Largo.

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There are so many wonderful things to do in Key Largo. As the northernmost island in the Florida Keys, getting here from Miami is a piece of cake. Or should I say a piece of key lime pie?

The most easily accessible of the Florida Keys, Key West is an island brimming with stunning natural wonders.

Surrounded by Florida Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, Key Largo is more than just a line in a Beach Boys song — it’s the Dive Capital of the World! This island is home to the first undersea park in the United States and the world’s second-largest artificial reef.

Even if you don’t dive — and I don’t — you still stand to encounter a lot of wildlife in Key Largo through snorkeling, glass bottom boat tours, kayaking, paddleboarding, and sailing trips. You could see sea turtles, tropical fish, manatees, dolphins, and tarpon, just to start! 

While most things to do in Key Largo revolve around the water, hiking and cycling are other fun ways of seeing the scenery. At eye level, the northernmost key is awash with palm trees, mangroves, and hammock forest. 

In addition to eating ALL the key lime pie, you’ll find only the freshest seafood on sale in Key Largo. Wash it down with a craft beer or tiki cocktail as you watch the most gorgeous sunsets in the Sunshine State. 

Let’s dive into the best things to do in Key Largo — for water fans as well as landlubbers!

This post was published in January 2024 and was co-written by Adventurous Kate and Hannah Cooper.

Snorkeling in John Pennekamp State Park is for everyone!

Best Things To Do in Key Largo, Florida

Visit the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park 

Spending time in John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is an excellent way to start your time in Key Largo. The first underwater park in the United States protects around 70 nautical square miles of living coral reefs and marine life. It also has two lovely beaches, an aquarium, and a campground. 

The state park sits next to the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, where there are further coral reefs plus mangrove forests. These warm waters are best explored via snorkeling or scuba diving although glass-bottom boat tours and kayaking are other options. 

This snorkel tour in John Pennekamp State Park is my favorite activity I did in Key Largo. The tour takes you to two shallow sites which usually…

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