A Perfect Relaxing Weekend Itinerary in Cedar Key, FL

Cedar Key feels exactly like what you would expect from an old Florida fishing village. There’s not a lot to do here – that’s the point. The Old Fenimore Mill Condominiums are prime options for accommodations; they’re walking distance from the restaurant strip where you will be spending most of your time. After you get settled in your waterfront room and take in the view from your balcony, stroll over to the restaurants and find a place to grab some fresh seafood or a simple burger. Enjoy the sounds of the waves and the gulf breeze on your skin.

Renting a golf cart for at least a day is a fantastic way to get around the island. Cruise through the town and make your way out to the historic sites on the key. Keep driving past the school and head towards the old Cedar Key Cemetery. Park your cart and head out on the boardwalk for some up close views of birds and oyster beds – there’s a cute little park at the end of the walk. When you’re done, drive out the tiny Cedar Key State Museum to learn some brief history of the area – bring a couple dollars per person because they don’t provide change. Or skip going inside all together and keep exploring the canals around the island. George T. Lewis Airport is a quiet little landing strip to hit on your way back. You can even schedule a plane ride with a local tour guide company if you’re into that kind of thing.

Kayak rentals are also widely available, and you may choose to paddle the many calm channels through the mangroves or navigate out to Dog Island for a little bit of an adventure. Consider bringing a fishing pole to try for some Redfish in the kayak or casually fish off the beach in front of the condos with a drink and a cigar – this approach is more about the cast, and less about the catch.

Cedar Key is a good place to get in touch with your inner chef. You can find fresh fish, oysters, and more here. Don’t you dare leave without trying the smoked mullet and smoked mullet dip. You can get them from seafood shops all over the island and they are both very good in their own right. If you’re looking for a true quiet Florida getaway, Cedar Key is the place for you.

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