CEDAR KEY – This gulf-side community wears many hats as a sign on the outskirts announces. Smoked mullet – fresh from Grandpa Moe – can be purchased on weekends, fine art galleries abound in the town, and you can purchase an original canvas creation from Cedar Key Canvas. They’re open seven days a week.
While visiting this tiny town which has a front row seat to the Gulf of Mexico don’t forget to check out the many seafood choices. And you can take home some Tony’s award-winning clam chowder for a taste of Cedar Key right in your own home.
A great choice is the seafood platter for two available at Tony’s restaurant, as you enter town. Waterfront restaurants line the road which winds around the pier, but plan your timing for those establishments as parking in that area is at a premium. A little libation can be enjoyed as you watch the birds and boaters coming and going from the busy boat basin.
Cedar Key is located about 130 miles west of St. Augustine on State Road 24, which you can pick up in Gainesville, just past the University of Florida campus.