Decorated with wildlife refuges, Victorian homes, ramshackle shacks, fishing boats, and clam farms, Cedar Key is populated by old salts, artists, clam farmers, and refugees from city life. Although it was once a thriving port city and railroad connection, Cedar Key is now neither. But in our two days there, we found plenty to occupy ourselves, experiencing just enough to lure us back for more.
An RV Park With A Tiki Bar
The Low-Key Hideaway has only three RV sites and a small motel. With our own private deck overlooking the water, lovely tropical landscaping, creative yard art, and an on-site tiki bar, it’s easily one of the most unique little RV parks we’ve experienced.
In the evening, locals and travelers gather at the tiki bar to share tales. (They make the best margarita I’ve ever had—a blend of fresh citrus juices is the secret. One was enough.)
Exploring Cedar Key
We had a great time biking from the Low Key Hideaway all over the island. There’s little traffic and plenty to see, including clam farms, a boardwalk traversing the marsh, and the picturesque waterfront.
We biked to lovely little Cedar Key State Park, where we whiled away a couple of leisurely hours exploring Cedar Key’s past. The benefactor of the museum, Saint Clair Whitman, donated his extensive collection of seashells and Indian artifacts gathered during his long life on Cedar Key.
The best part of the museum is the Whitman home, restored in every detail to 1920’s life on the island. Everything is as if the family was still living there, including cigar boxes, alligator skulls, and crates of shells in Whitman’s study.
We’re definitely coming back to Cedar Key.