77522 Overseas Hwy
Islamorada, FL 33036
Robbie's Pier Description
With most attractions pricey in the Keys, it's great that an activity thrilling to kids of all ages is such a bargain. Simply pay a dollar per person to enter, then a couple of bucks for a bucket of herring. Walk to the end of the marina dock and feed the school of 50 to 100 prehistoric-looking tarpon awaiting your family's arrival. Kids lean over the end to place the feed into an open mouth (beware: hands inside a mouth may get bitten), or toss them into the water and watch them leap for the prize. To add to the thrill, a fast-acting seagull or pelican will often snatch a herring right out of your child's hand. It's best to go sometime midday because most of the boats will be out of the marina. (But anytime of day, these hundred-plus-pound tarpons will be eager to eat.)
Toddlers & Pre-K: Toddlers may be afraid to feed the fish themselves, but they'll eagerly watch you do it.
School-Age Kids: Unless your kids won't touch the slimy herring, they'll love this little excursion.
Pre-Teens & Teens: They may need a few buckets to feed all their favorites, especially since birds and other interlopers can steal a few away.
- Bring hand sanitizer. Although a bathroom is a short walk from the pier, kids often want the herring smell off their hands immediately.
Just the Facts
Hours: 8 a.m.-6 p.m., daily
Fees: Under $10
Recommended Time: Less than 1 hour