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Key West's Historic Seaport and Harborwalk
While tourism currently is the main industry in Key West, it hasn't always been the case. Back in the early 19th century, fishing and sea-related activities, including the very lucrative business of salvaging shipwrecks, were at the basis of the town's economy and most of this activity took place in the area now called Historic Seaport. Today, it remains the place to go if you're looking for a day cruise or if you wish to charter a fishing boat, but the area now has much more to offer visitors thanks to the addition of a boardwalk and several shops and restaurants. It gets especially crowded towards the end of the day as people drop by for happy hour or an early dinner and a chance to watch a beautiful sunset. It makes for a different atmosphere from Duval Street, one that is perhaps slightly less rowdy but still very lively.
- Food and Dining
- Sailing and Boating
I hate to admit we thought we'd seen this but the next day realized we hadn't walked along the seafront far enough. This area starts with the wooden boardwalk . Its a lovely spot to relax with a cold drink and watch the activity on the dockside or have a meal .
- Family Travel
This is a great section to hang out in for an afternoon. There are plenty of restraunts/bars such as Turtle Kraals, Half Shell raw Bar, BO's Fish Wagon, and more. There are also a ton of boat companies to choose from to sign up for snorkling, dolphin watching, diving, glassbottom boats, etc.
You will see lots of fish in the area, there are little fish food pellets available for 25 cents. When you throw these in the fish come running (errr uh swimming)!
Turtle Kraals also has a small turtle museum. They have a large turtle in a tank.
Feeding the Fish at Schooner Wharf
One of the simple things that I though was really fun was feeding the very hungry fish at Schooner Wharf. In fact, I think children would really enjoy this too. Our waitress at the Schooner Wharf Bar told us to save the shrimp shells, or other left overs from our meal to feed the fish from the pier!! We were a little bit skeptical, but the minute you stand on the edge of the pier, dozens of huge fish come close to the surface waiting to catch whatever food you give them!! We ran out of food quickly but there were a few other people with children doing the same thing. Sometimes simple pleasures are the best. I sure wish I had gotten a picture of this because I've never seen anything like it----well, maybe feeding time at "Sting Ray City" at "Grand Cayman Island."
- Family Travel
Historic Seaport at Key West Bight, from Greene to Grinnell streets at the north end of the island. Along a half-mile harbor walk are shops, restaurants, bars and a 156-slip working marina that is home to tall ships, ferries and catamarans which provide dive, snorkel and sunset cruises.
Visitors can stroll along a wooden Harbor Walk lined with charter boats and restaurants.
It is fun to watch the fishing boats returning and see what they caught. I admire the boats at this harbor, they are beautiful.
BO's Fish Wagon (restaurant & bar - live music Fridays), Turtle Kraals (Historic Restaurant & Bar), Conch Republic Seafood Company, The Crab Shack, Half Shell Raw Bar, Key West Ice Cream Factory,
Key West Bait & Tackle (Bait Shop & Pub), Harborwalk Shops @ Lazy Way (Hammocks, Arts, Crafts, & Clothing), Local Color (Clothing, Accessories & Jewelry), Mac's Sea Garden (Shells, Tropical Gifts) and more.
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- Sailing and Boating
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