‘Must Do’s’ at Lovers Key
Lovers Key has more than two miles of pristine white-sand beachfront and was featured on the Travel Channel in “10 Stunning Florida Keys you don’t know about.” The park is also a National Gold Medal Winner and is America’s first three-time state park winner. The park has over five miles of multi-use trails through a maritime hammock, and inner waterways for paddling. Some things to try:
Go bicycling or hiking. Go on a hike or ride through the Black Island Trail and/or the Eagle Trail through a maritime hammock. The Black Island Trail is 2.6 miles long and the Eagle Trail is 1.5 miles long. There are plenty of opportunities for wildlife viewing on each trail. Maps are available with highlighted observation points. You can rent a bike on site or bring your own.
Paddle through the mangrove estuary. Rent a kayak, canoe, or paddleboard on site and see why people call Lovers Key “the real Florida.” You may get a chance to see manatees, dolphins, alligators, osprey, and/or bald eagles while paddling through the 2.5-mile mangrove estuary.
Pack a picnic. There are several picnic areas in the park. You can choose to have a picnic on the beach, the inner waterways or the backwaters. Many of the picnic areas have grills and trash cans. If picnicking isn’t your style, the concession serves food and drinks.
Sunbathe on the beach and go for a swim. The water is beautiful, and the sun is shining. Get comfortable on the beach and take a dip in the clear gulf waters. This beach is far less developed and less crowded than Fort Myers Beach, so the relaxation is top notch.
Hunt for treasure. By treasure, I mean the unique and colorful shells that dot the coastline. The shelling on Lovers Key is some of the best on Southwest Florida’s Gulf beaches. You can take the shells home with you as long as there’s no one living inside.