You won’t be stopping at Cedar Key on your way to someplace else. The closest cities, Ocala and Gainesville, and the main route, I-75, are 60 miles away. And that’s exactly why it’s worth a flight to visit Cedar Key! The charming little town, with fewer than 1,000 permanent residents, has a fascinating history (it’s Florida’s second oldest town) and dozens of interesting old buildings. It’s located on an island that is perfect for exploring by bicycle and the many nearby islands make great kayaking destinations. The town is full of artists and has several good seafood restaurants. The folks who promote visiting Cedar Key like to say it is Key West 50 years ago.
I’ve been coming to Cedar Key for decades. It’s one of those places that will gently carve a place in your heart for a very long time. It’s been described as the modern day Mayberry, and Cedar Key certainly lives up to that wonderful hometown reputation! One way it’s a little different than Mayberry is CDK has the shortest public-use paved runway in the state of Florida at just around 2,300 feet. Leave your pride home and feel free to go-around! (the warm personalities and Gulf-fresh oysters will be happily waiting for you to make that perfect landing at Cedar Key Airport CDK)