The African Queen
Surely you've heard of or seen the classic film The African Queen, a 1951 film starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn. Well did you know that this film's main star, The African Queen, is an actual steamboat you can visit and ride in the Florida Keys? That's right, this local Key Largo movie star sits docked at Marina Del Mar, near mile marker 100.
A timeless classic sitting on the United States Register of Historic Places, The African Queen provides daily Canal Cruises and Dinner Cruises along the Port Largo Canal area, the latter of which lasts 2 hours and takes you to dock at the Pilot House Marina and Restaurant, where you will enjoy a delicious 3-course menu. The Canal Cruise lasts 1.5 hours and focuses more on the local scenery and history.
Learn all about how this ship was first built in 1912 in England, built narrowly to carry mercenaries, missionaries, cargo, and hunting parties down tricky bodies of water. In 1950 it was spotted by a famous movie director, and the rest is history! The American Film Institute has voted The African Queen the 17th Greatest Movie of All Time (1998), and Trip Advisor has ranked The African Queen boat the 4th best thing to do in the area!