Sightsee Miami: Things to Do

Broad Key Day Trip

Broad Key

Broad Key is a beautiful 64-acre island located approximately 3 miles north of the northern tip of Key Largo. Nestled between Miami and the Florida Keys, this unique location is accessible only by boat, which has preserved its quiet seclusion amidst a bustling south Florida.

The island is geologically part of the Florida Keys and consists of coral rock which was once coral reef. Its natural elevation of 3-4 m allows native upland hardwood hammock to exist in addition to the dense mangrove forest that covers most of the island. There are four buildings on the island: the main house, the owner’s house, the caretaker’s house, and a boathouse. The main house is a three-story structure built in 1952 by Arthur Vining Davis that offers a fantastic view of the adjacent channel and surrounding islands.

A trip to this unique location will leave the University of Miami’s RSMAS pier at 9am on Friday June 7th aboard the RV MAVEN, a 36’ UM research vessel. The journey across Biscayne Bay takes approximately 75 minutes each way. We will spend about 4 hours on-site during which time you can explore the island, kayak and paddleboard the adjacent waterways, snorkel, or just relax in the sun. Weather permitting, a short trip to a nearby patch reef in Hawk Channel will also be offered. So be sure to bring your bathing suit, sunblock, and bug repellent (it is, after all, in the middle of Florida mangroves in the summer!). A bag lunch will be provided and we will return to the RSMAS pier at about 4pm.

The cost of the excursion is $20 per person. There are only 18 spots available so sign up soon! Contact Evan D’Alessandro ( with questions or to make a reservation.

Disclaimer: Because of its remote location among uninhabited mangrove islands and access only by small boat, Broad Key is not easily wheel chair accessible. There is also no air conditioning and mosquitoes can be abundant. All visitors should consider these conditions as well as the boat ride to and from the island. Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by a parent.

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Photographs from Broad Key, click to englarge.

Other Information

Not sure what to do while you are in the area? Our resident Miami expert, Dr. Evan D’Alessandro, has compiled a list of his favorite activities/places. See below for his recommendations.

Spousal/Family Activities
Everglades (shark valley) South Florida's unique ecosystem is worth exploring while you are in the area!
Fairchild Tropical Gardens A beautiful tropical botanical garden with on site café/restaurant. A great place to enjoy the tropical weather and foliage.
Vizcaya This is a beautiful old mansion located on Biscayne Bay near to Coconut Grove.
Miami SeaquariumLocated right next to RSMAS, you can enjoy viewing marine life in aquariums, marine mammal shows, or even swim with the dolphins!
Charter fishing Hotshot  Florida fishing has a reputation for a reason...
Adventure Sports MiamiFor all your watersports desires from stand up paddle boarding to kite and sail boarding.
Zoo Miami A great day at the zoo!
Parrot Jungle A very cool jungle island on the way to Miami Beach with animals, shows, and more!
The Barnacle One of the oldest houses in Miami located right on the bay in Coconut Grove!
Evan's Favorite Restaurants
JaguarA great spot in the heart of the Grove if you like ceviche.
LokalThis is one of the best for great burgers and beers.
MatsuriMy favorite sushi restaurant. Not right in the grove but worth the drive.
Monty's This is a great place to eat or enjoy happy hour right on the water around the corner from the hotel!
MonserrateIf you like Colombian food this is the best! Great for lunch or dinner, its just across US 1 from Coconut Grove.
The Rusty PelicanLocated across the bay from Brickell and downtown Miami, this place has the best views of Miami.
VersaillesLocated in the heart of Little Havana on historic Calle Ocho, this is the place to sample typical Miami Cuban cuisine and culture.
La CasitaAlso located on Calle Ocho, this Cuban restaurant is slightly more intimate and often has a live singer to serenade you as you dine.
Peacock caféLovely tropical vibe in this sister restaurant to Jaguar. Walking distance from hotel.
Perricone'sI'm a NY/NJ native, and this is the best italian I've had since I've lived in Miami!
Miami BeachThis is the beach located along the City of Miami Beach. I recommend parking in one of the municipal garages and spending at least a whole day. There is a lot to see on and off the beach!
Crandon ParkThis is a great family friendly beach with plenty of parking located at the northern end of Key Biscayne. There is a small fee for parking.
Bill Bagg's Cape FloridaThis state park is located at the southern end of Key Biscayne. There is an entrance fee, but the beautiful beaches and lighthouse/lighthouse café are worth the price.