Seven Mile Bridge, Lighthouse & Duck Key Tour

Duration:              Per Person:
45 Minutes                     $325.00 *   

Overview

Extend the Seven Mile Bridge Tour with a side trip to the historic Sombrero Lighthouse and stunning Duck Key.
The Seven Mile Bridge is a bridge in the Florida Keys, in Monroe County, Florida, United States. It connects Knight's Key (part of the city of Marathon, Florida) in the Middle Keys to Little Duck Key in the Lower Keys. Among the longest bridges in existence when it was built, it is part of the Overseas Highway in the Keys, which is part of the 2,369-mile (3,813 km) U.S. Route 1.[1][2]
There are two bridges in this location. The modern bridge is open to vehicular traffic; the older one only to pedestrians and cyclists. The older bridge, originally known as the Knights Key-Pigeon Key-Moser Channel-Pacet Channel Bridge, was constructed from 1909 to 1912 under the direction of Henry Flagler and Clarence S. Coe as part of the Florida East Coast Railway's Key West Extension, also known as the Overseas Railroad.
After the railroad was damaged by the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935, the line was sold to the United States government, which refurbished Seven Mile Bridge for automobile use. Unsupported sections were added in 1935 to widen it for vehicular traffic. Dismantled trackage was recycled, painted white, and used as guardrails. It had a swing span to allow passage of boats in the Moser Channel of the Intracoastal Waterway, near where the bridge crosses Pigeon Key, a small island that held a work camp for Flagler's railroad. Hurricane Donna in 1960 caused further damage.
The vast majority of the original bridge still exists, although the swing span has been removed. The 2.2-mile section to Pigeon Key, used as a fishing pier and long open to motorized vehicles to give access to the key, was closed to motorized traffic in 2008 after the unsupported sections began to sag. In 2014, the Florida Department of Transportation approved a $77 million plan to restore the old bridge. By 2017 the pedestrian section was closed, with extensive repairs predicted to be finished by about late 2021.

The lighthouse was put in service in 1858, automated in 1960, and was deactivated in 2015. The foundation is iron pilings with disks, and the tower is a skeletal octagonal pyramid of cast iron. It is a 142-foot tall red painted tower. It has two platforms. The lower one, 15 feet above the water, held water and fuel tanks, the generator (after the light was electrified), boat hoists and a workshop. The upper platform, 40 feet above the water, held the quarters for the staff. The original lens, a first-order Fresnel lens, is now on display in the Key West Lighthouse Museum. The Sombrero Key Light is the tallest lighthouse in the Florida Keys, and was the last lighthouse constructed under the supervision of Lieutenant George Meade of the Bureau of Topographical Engineers.

Take flight and cruise to the beautiful waters surrounding Duck Key and fabulous Hawk’s Cay. Take in the stunning vistas and colors on this magical areal experience. Midway down the Florida Keys, you’ll find an island called Duck Key. It’s small. Secluded. Yet central to Miami and Key West, and easy to reach by car, boat or plane. Duck Key has a few telltale Florida Keys features: Aquamarine water all around. Glorious sunrises and sunsets. An island sensibility that lulls you into a state of total relaxation – except for when you’re out fishing, snorkeling, paddle boarding or gliding along with the ocean breeze on a kite-board. The best of the Keys is waiting for you at Hawks Cay Resort.

The resort is located where the Upper Keys meet the Middle Keys on the island of Duck Key — about 100 miles from Miami and another 60 miles to Key West. Duck Key is actually five small islands separated by boat canals and spread across 60 acres. Hawks Cay occupies the first island, along with Duck Key Marina. The other four islands of Duck Key are residential areas where you can go for a stroll or pedal your bike. Hawks Cay’s location features the unique opportunity to view fantastic sunsets AND sunrises. Both can be seen from different spots at the resort and the colors over the shimmering water cannot be beat.

Tour Route

Seven Mile Bridge, Lighthouse & Duck Key Tour

Duration:
45 Minutes

Per Person:
$325.00 *

*  Price per person is for passengers of all ages.  There is a 2 passenger minimum for all tours.  If you are a single rider a private tour option is available to you for $590.  

Maximum individual passanger weight may not exceed 300lbs, and maximim total weight of all passangers may not exceed 550lbs.