The original Cedar Key isn’t where you think it is. It’s offshore, within sight of the current historic waterfront, an island called Atsena Otie Key, part of Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge.
Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge
Outdoor recreation opportunities in Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge. Established in 1929, the refuge protects the small islands of the Cedar Keys that are important bird rookeries, including Seahorse Key - home to both a historic lighthouse and a brown pelican rookery - and Atsena Otie, the original settlement in the Cedar Keys.