We started our day in Cedar Key at their Historical Society where we learned a lot about the history of the islands and were able to view some very neat historical artifacts. We then walked around the town and checked out the shops and art galleries until we were ready for lunch. We randomly chose Seabreeze Restaurant based on their menu and were not disappointed. We each had a beer and a Cedar Key salad which is lettuce, peaches, tropical fruit, candied pecans, and a scoop of pistachio ice cream! It sounds like a crazy concoction that a pregnant lady would eat but it is surprisingly good!
Artifacts at museum
After lunch, we paid a guy to take us on a boat to Atsena Otie Key to explore the ruins on the former town. There is a main dock on the island and a trail that goes through the middle of it. We checked out the cemetery, building remains, and the beautiful beach before calling for our return boat ride. On the way back, the man brought his two young daughters. We ended up seeing some dolphins near the boat and followed them for 30 minutes. They were swimming so close to the boat you could almost reach out and touch them!
We ended our trip at Low Key Hideaway which is a hotel and tiki bar on the beach that was recommended by some locals. We drank some tequila and enjoyed the sunset before heading back to Gainesville (warning: they only accept cash!). We had a fantastic day in Cedar Key and definitely want to return and stay at one of the cabanas at Low Key Hideaway!
Funny stools at the bar
Relaxing by the water
View from Low Key Hideaway