Area Attractions

A Myriad of Things to Do in Marathon, Florida

Long considered one of the best-kept secret in the Florida Keys, Marathon is home to countless things to do. For starters, this 10-mile, family-friendly stretch of island has the most historic attractions outside of Key West. Its fishing heritage and seafaring traditions can be seen in many of the towns shops and restaurants. Water sports enthusiasts will enjoy world-class sailing, fishing, wreck and reef diving and snorkeling, in addition to the island's beautifully maintained beaches, eco-attractions and marine-based educational programs.

When it comes to anything you’d like to see or experience during your stay at the Sombrero Resort & Marina, please stop by the front desk for recommendations and assistance with arranging tours, excursions and recreational outings.

Below, you’ll find some of the most popular attractions and things to do in Marathon, Florida:

Crane Point Museum

5550 Overseas Highway, Marathon, FL 33050
Phone: 305-743-9100
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9a.m.-5p.m. Sunday, 12p.m.-5p.m.
Situated at the center of the Marathon shopping district is Crane Point Hammock. This amazing historical site includes scenic nature trails, Florida’s diverse wildlife and museums to explain the magic all around you. Take a walk on the trails and you’ll cross paths with a wide variety of species that range from herons to iguanas. To find out more information, please visit

Dolphin Research Center

58901 Overseas Highway, Grassy Key, FL 33050
Phone: 305-289-1121
Hours: Daily, 9a.m.-4:30p.m. with programs every 30 minutes
Ever imagine spending the day with some dolphins? You can make this dream come true at the Dolphin Research Center. From watching these interactive mammals perform at a distance to meeting them face-to-face, there’s so much to experience at this fabulous facility. After being entertained by a group of dolphins, you can even enjoy a nice lunch! For more information, please visit

Sombrero Beach

Sombrero Beach Road, Marathon, FL
A day of relaxation can come in so many different forms when you’re visiting Sombrero Beach. From lovely walks along the water to fun family picnics in the park with a few competitive games of volleyball thrown into the mix, there’s no shortage of things to do. You can even assist the city in helping to preserve the turtle population that nests in a small area of the beach. For more information, please visit

The Turtle Hospital

2396 Overseas Highway, Marathon, FL 33050
Phone: 305-743-2552
Hour: Daily, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. with programs every hour from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Since 1986, the Turtle Hospital has been helping injured sea turtles and placing them back into their natural surroundings. Located in Marathon, this facility also strives to educate the public on what it means to care for these special creatures. It is also active in trying to create legislation to make local beaches safe and clean for the turtle population. For more information, please visit

Key West

When you visit Key West, an overwhelming amount of fantastic activities await. From a relaxing walk along the streets lined with palm trees to diving and snorkeling in the blue waters to visiting the exquisite galleries, you’re free to pick and choose among great things to do. At night, you can experience a wide range of pubs and restaurants after enjoying a show at one of our wonderful theaters. For more information, please visit

Annual Events

Marathon Seafood Festival March 14th-15th

Considered the second largest event in the Florida Keys, the Marathon Seafood Festival receives thousands of visitors every year. Delicious seafood and live musical entertainment are the main features of this two-day celebration. With hundreds of artists exhibiting their jewelry, clothing and crafts, you can even leave with a treasure or two! For more information, please visit

7 Mile Bridge Run April 18th-19th

In 1982, the Marathon Runner’s Club organized the first 7 Mile Bridge Run to celebrate the opening of what was then a new bridge. Ever since that time, this run has become a popular tradition where the entire city of Marathon participates with a long list of sponsors. It’s also viewed as the only run that is totally surrounded by water from beginning to end. For more information, please visit

Dragon Boat Races May 16th-18th

For the seventh straight year, Marathon will host exciting dragon boat racing in the Florida Keys. Both local and corporate teams are invited to compete from around Southeast Florida. For more information on how you can enjoy the fun, please visit

Memorial Day Weekend May 23rd-25th

As the official start of the summer season, Memorial Day weekend is the perfect time to celebrate the Florida Keys. From snorkeling and jet skiing to fishing and even taking a seaplane ride, you’re bound to have lots of great memories! To find out about all of the activities you can experience during this holiday weekend, please visit

Independence Day Weekend July 3rd-5th

Plan on an active, exciting time during Independence Day in Marathon. There is a long list of things to do, including a patriotic parade and free admission to Sombrero Beach. You’ll enjoy food, drink, crafts for the kids and live entertainment, too. Plus, the highly anticipated finale occurs after dark with one of the largest fireworks displays around! Check out some of the other area events that are scheduled for the entire weekend, too, including Key Largo’s Rave at the Reef and Key West’s Key Lime Festival. For more information, please visit

Lobster Mini Season July 30th-31st

Interested in getting fresh lobster direct from the sea? Then you don’t want to miss the Lobster Mini Season. Every year in late July, lobster enthusiasts are on hand to gather these tasty treats. It’s just for two days before the official start of lobster season starts at the beginning of August. So get ready for the fun! To find out more information, please visit

Fantasy Fest Oct 17th-26th

Since 1979, Key West has been the place for the most decked out, extravagant and colorful festival around! It’s a ten-day party for adults only that includes amazing costumes and elaborate parade floats you won’t see anywhere else. So start making plans for your big entrance at Fantasy Fest! To find out more, please visit

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