Long before the park was established, the subtropical climate, clear waters and abundance of marine life attracted explorers. The Calusa Indians lived off the plant and marine life before the arrival of the first Spanish settlers. After Spanish occupation, other travelers from nearby islands such as the Bahamas made their way to Long Key.
By 1912, the Florida Keys were no longer considered a remote area to travel. By this time, the Key West Extension of the Florida East Coast Railroad was completed, allowing Long Key to become an important depot. Henry Flagler, the founder of the railroad, also established the Long Key Fishing Club which was a Mecca for the world's greatest saltwater fishermen. This productive era came to a temporary end when a hurricane destroyed the railroad and fishing club in 1935.
Long Key was once referred to by the Spanish as "Cayo Vivora", which means Rattlesnake Key. The name was used to describe the shape of the island, which resembles a snake with its jaws open.
Today, Long Key State Park is known for being rich in history and recreational opportunities as well as natural beauty.
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Florida State Park Pet Policy
WHEN THE HEAT IS ON....
Keep cool. Summer brings hot weather and family vacations. Your pets will be affected by both. For a healthier; happier travels with your pets:
Never leave your pets in a parked car, even if the windows are open. Ten minutes could be too long on a hot day. By then, the temperature inside the car could reach 160 degrees F. That's hot enough to cause a dog to suffer heat stroke.
Pets don't perspire as people do. They cool themselves by panting. With only very hot air to breathe, your pets could suffer permanent brain damage within moments. If emergency care is not given, your pets could die. They may want to come along, but it's much kinder to leave your pets at home with plenty of fresh, cool water and shade.
If your dog is overcome by heat exhaustion, immediately soak him or her down with water and take to a veterinarian as soon as possible.
Pets are permitted in designated
day-use areas at ALL Florida State Parks. They must be kept on a hand-held leash
that is six-feet or shorter and be well-behaved at all times. Pet owners are
required to pick up after their pets and properly dispose of their droppings.
Pets are not permitted on beaches or playgrounds, or in bathing areas, cabins,
park buildings, or concession facilities. Within individual parks, specific
areas also may be designated as no-pet areas.