We found out about this place when we went to an Audubon society meeting. Before the meeting (wine and cheese), there was a walk through the indigenous park with an expert. After the meeting there was a slide show. It is as 1801 White Street - open 7 am to 5 pm and has a Pavillion
The Key West website says:
"Key West Wildlife Rescue, wildlife trail and pond, picnic area, 6 bocce courts, parking area, restrooms
Sonny McCoy Indigenous Park is a native tree and bird park. Group and individual tours are available with advanced notice. Within the park is the Wildlife Rescue Center that cares for injured wildlife.
Play is seasonal; Monday through Thursday evenings. "This league has approximately 300 patrons.
Bayview Park is at the intersection of Truman and Jose Martii Drive. It is where I went to paint some typical Key West houses. It has a gazebo/bandstand and picnic tables. It is free. If you just want to let the kids run around on the grass under the trees, this is the place to do it.
This is what the City of Key West website has to say:
"Softball field, Playground equipment
"restroom facilities, 6 public tennis courts and
"2 pavilions and open space
"Bayview park is a newly renovated park that houses a softball field, basketball courts, playground area, tennis courts, two pavilions and an open area for picnics and family gatherings. Also housed at Bayview park is the newly opened Boy's and Girl's Youth Club where kids can go when school lets out for activities while their parents are at work. The Softball league has two leagues, one which is for women and the other which is Co-ed. These league play Monday through Thursday. The Women's league has approximately 60 players and the Co-Ed league has approximately 285 players."
The URL below has an ariel view of the park.
Key West is renowned for its sunset celebrations. Mallory Square is the place to be before and during the sunset, but let’s not forget other nice places to view the sunset, like Sunset Pier at the Ocean Key Resort on Zero Duval Street. Sunset Pier is giving you front row seats overlooking the ocean. It's a perfect place to enjoy exotic drinks, tasty food while watching the spectacular sunset. Sunset Pier also offers nightly music and dancing, with entertainers from the islands and beyond.
This is a must for VT junkies. If you just can't get away from your VT pages and comments, and can't wait to see if you received email from me... check into the I-Cafe on Duval street. You can get a beer next door at the "World's Smallest Bar" a self proclaimed title of this little bar under a stair case. The thing I like about this place is that the puters are out in the open. You are not couped up in a dimly lit room with other geeks. Here you can watch the world, and the Harleys go by as you write me. Noticed how all my tips on Key West are somehow related to a bar and beer? Read between the lines Joe.
Over 660,000 cruise ship passengers visit Key West every year to experience the beauty and atmosphere of Key West. The ships that dock at Mallory Square are enormous. Just sit and watch to see a ship come and go. The one on the picture is the Disney Cruise Ship. Mostly they will be gone in the afternoon.
It's great to see the fisherman return from there fishing trip. When they are at shore, they immediately begin to clean the fish, so they can sell the fish to the restaurant owners. On the picture you see the "catch of the day"; Mahi Mahi.
Bahama Village is a unique four by four block area of western Key West bordered by Whitehead, Southard, Fort and Louisa Streets. This area is known as a somewhat dangerous, 50 percent black neighborhood, but we spent a little bit of time here during our visit and always felt safe. This area boasts a unique open air flea market at Petronia Street.
While the neighborhood has a dangerous past, today the area is becoming a bit touristy with a good selection of restaurants, shops, and small inns.
You can sit and watch a 20 minute show on all the wildlife (under the sea and on land) on 3 huge screens. The photography/video is pretty good and the narration is interesting.
There is also a mini "jungle walk" where you can see some beautiful birds.
It is all free.
Clinton Square Market Mall, Upper level
291 Front Street
Key West, Florida 33040
The sign out front reads:
Oldest in Florida diocese, the present
church (1912) is the fourth on this site.
John Fleeming, one of the four original owners
of the island, is buried here. His widow
donated the property, stipulating that the
church pews be free. Rectory built 1853.
The chimes, first installed in a Florida
church, were originally in a frame church
(1886) destroyed in 1909 hurricane.
1962 Florida Board of Parks and Historic Memorials
The Seventh Floor of the Crowne Plaza La Concha has been one of the most famous spots in Key West. Best known for the fabulous front row seat it offers to Key West's magnificent sunsets, there is not better spot to get a bird's eye view of paradise. The view from the "Top" is spectacular as the hotel is the tallest building in Key West. You can pay $10 for the shipwreck museum, to climb in their tower, or go for free to the top of La Concha Bar.
If you are lucky than you can see in the distance, the boats in the harbour.
430 Duval Street
Key West, Florida 33040
While driving Highway 1 through the Keys, we saw the sign, and had a sudden urge to stop and see Windley Key Fossil Reef State Park. Stone from the quarry was used by Henry Flagler in the early 1900s to build the East Coast Railroad. The stone here is made of fossilized coral, which has petrified and formed beautiful stone shapes.
During our visit we walked several of the trails, with a helpful map from the visitors center. We saw and read about a variety of plants, we explored the history of the quarry, and we saw a giant spider. Some examples of quarrying equipment are in various states of deterioration throughout the park.
A visit to the park costs about $2 per person. Picnic tables are available.
Windley Key Fossil Reef is located on U.S. 1 at Mile Marker 85.5 on Windley Key near Islamorada.
Mallory Square is the most famous spot in Key West for a sunset. So famous, though, that every tourist in town seems to flock here in the evenings. Noisy and crowded, entertaining, but not always my idea of a good time.
We decided to avoid this tourist magnet and instead enjoyed our sunset in the peaceful and calm around the historic harbor. Then, as the twilight sky grew dark, we wandered into one of the local restaurants for dinner and drinks.
The marker at this site reads:
The home of Stephen Russel Mallory (1812 - 1873)
stood near this site from 1839 ti 1895 when it
became U.S. Navy property. U.S. Senator from Florida
from 1851 to 1861 and Chairman of the Naval Affairs
Committee after 1853. As Secretary of the Navy in
the Confederate States Cabinet (1861-1865) he
pioneered the use of submarines and ironclad
warships in naval warfare.
A son Stephen R. Mallory, Jr. grew up in and later owned
this house. He represented Florida in the United States
Senate (1897 - 1908)
Historical Association of Southern Florida, 1966.
Key West is famous for its sunsets, but with the constant drinking and partying who ever sees the sunrise? Besides, the hotels are mostly on the western end of the island, so it's a little bit of a drive to see the sun come up over the water... but it's worth it!
We were leaving early to get to Miami in time for a 1pm NFL game, so we set our alarms just a few minutes earlier than we would have otherwise, just to catch the sunrise. It was a beautiful morning with just a whisper of clouds in the sky. Best of all, they were not hundreds of tourists milling about.
From historic Key West, the main beaches are to the west at Fort Zachary Taylor, and along the southern edge of the island. However, there is one small stretch of beach on the north shore near downtown at the end of Simonton Street. Aptly named the Simonton Street Beach, this city park has a boat ramp, a small parking area, and restrooms.
From here you have a good view of boats going to and from the marina, as well as local kayakers.
Hours: 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m., daily
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