Aerial view of Bridge connecting Keys, Florida.

Ready for some adventures in Florida? With the region’s abundance of stunning scenery, intriguing history, and native wildlife, you’ll be hard-pressed to choose which activities to include in your next Florida vacation.

Whether you’re looking for family-friendly vacation ideas, keen for a romantic getaway, or exploring solo, this unique chain of coral islands has something to offer. If it’s time to soak up that sun, surf, and sand, then check out our guide to all the Florida Keys activities that should be on your radar.

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

Two words: Underwater park. And not just any underwater park. John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park was the first undersea park in the country, and it’s filled with seemingly endless ways to explore.

Think kayaking through the mangroves, paddleboarding amongst the seagrass, or a canal cruise aboard a vessel that’s movie-famous. Snorkeling and scuba diving are also on offer and, a glass-bottom boat tour is available for those who don’t want to get wet but still want to check out the underwater bounty on display.

Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum

True love was discovered in the Florida Keys back in 1931 between a young Ernest Hemmingway and his wife, Pauline. Once he wrote his semi-autobiographical novel, A Farewell to Arms, they decided to call the now-famous Spanish colonial-style residence home.

Today, visitors can go on a guided tour of the house to take a peek at the stunning gardens, original 17th- and 18th-century furniture, and the army of cats that are said to be descendants of Hemingway’s original pet cats.

Bahia Honda State Park

On a remote island in the Lower Florida Keys is where you’ll find one of the most beautiful beaches in Florida. Bahia Honda State Park is a 524-acre beach park with some of the finest stretches of white sand beach in all of the Florida Keys.

Bahia Honda has two separate beach areas and plenty of opportunities to grab a patch of the isolated shore for yourself. Snorkeling, fishing, and kayaking are all on the agenda. One large stretch of beach faces the open ocean, and the other smaller beach area looks across the old railroad bridge.

Marathon

There are so many things to do in Marathon, FL, that it deserves its own entry. Known as the sportfishing center of the Middle Keys, charters can be arranged from here for reef, deep-sea, and flats fishing.

Tourists can also enjoy the numerous water sports available, including paddleboarding, jet skiing, and kayaking, not to mention the many picturesque beaches and waterfront restaurants. For nature lovers, Marathon is home to both the Turtle Hospital and the Dolphin Research Center and is the starting point for the walk along the former Seven-mile Bridge.

National Key Deer Refuge

Don’t worry. Florida Keys activities are not just about beaches and marine life. Animal lovers and families with kids in tow will fall in love with Big Pine Key and its native resident, the Key deer.

This miniature species grows to the size of a large dog and is the smallest subspecies of the North American white-tailed deer. Most deer are docile and friendly and might even let you get close enough for a pat.

While you’re there, don’t forget to stop by the Blue Hole. This former quarry attracts turtles and alligators and is a feeding spot for the Key deer.

Jules Undersea Lodge

Ever wondered what it’s like to spend the night under the sea? Well, the Jules Undersea Lodge is true to its name and hosts guests in a two-bedroom apartment 21 feet below the surface.

The underwater habitat started as a research lab and is now one of Florida Keys’ activities that are truly bucket list-worthy. There are large windows throughout so you can truly feel as if you’re living amongst the creatures below. You don’t need to stay overnight either. If you’ve only got a few hours to kill, you can do a guided tour and learn all about how they run the historical lodge.

Dry Tortugas National Park

Dry Tortugas National Park is situated in the clear turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico in an archipelago of seven beach-ringed islands. There aren’t too many places in the world where you can combine a beach vacation with historical landmarks, so as Florida Keys activities go, this one should definitely be high up on your list.

Along with the opportunities for sunbathing, swimming, and snorkeling, Dry Tortugas is home to historic Fort Jefferson. This ancient site dates back to 1846 and is one of the largest forts ever built.

Divers will also be excited to explore the underwater wonders of the park as 99% is actually underwater. That’s 67,000 acres of seagrass beds and underwater coral reefs just brimming with marine life to be explored.

Helicopter Tours

Hop on board a Robinson R44 for one of the best helicopter tours in the Florida Keys. As you soar over the isles and teal waters of the tropical islands, you’ll be able to spot wildlife such as dolphins, sea turtles, stingrays, sharks, and tarpon.

Tours can be as long as an hour if you’re keen to see all of the Florida Keys scenery that makes up this beautiful paradise. Shorter tours are available that can get you a bird’s eye view of popular Keys islands such as Pigeon Key, Duck Key, and Bahia Honda State Park. You can even take it all in during the most romantic part of the day with a sunset tour experience.

Start Booking Your Florida Keys Activities Today

An aerial tour is a great way to take your Florida vacation to the next level. Not only will you set the scene for your adventures in Florida, but you can also see the Keys in a way not many get to experience.

Ultimate Helitours is conveniently located in Marathon, Florida, right in the middle of the Florida Keys island chain. This central location allows us to offer many rides of different lengths so that you can experience the various wildlife and landmarks around the area.

Book your helicopter tour today and enjoy the ultimate in Florida Keys activities.