Mallory square is so fun!(: There's tons of street performers (its so fun), they have tons of little shops, bars, and awesome places! They have hotels to stay at to. The sunset is AMAZING!(: Make sure you see the sunset on a good day though, because the day I saw it, it was cloudy, but it was still beautiful. Especially in the summertime, there's TONS of people, so be careful. And be careful of getting hit by a car. Lol. If I could go anywhere, I would go back there. If you go there, be careful and have fun.(:
Mallory Square is a bit more touristy than the rest of the island, and is known as one of the best places to catch a sunset. This area was the original port of Key West and features the aquarium, a shipwreck museum, and even a head garden (or more formally the memorial sculpture garden). During the day, it is relatively quiet, though there are always a few crazies here.
This square on the water is also home to the Florida Keys Historic War Memorial. Local residents and the US military worked together to construct this memorial in 2003. It features 10 plaques describing the Keys' role in the nations wars.
Just before sunset, you will find many of the tourists gravitating towards Mallory Square. Here, you will find a collection of many entertainers, craftsmen and artists plying their wares and entertaining the crowds within a very hippy-esque setting. This all ends with the famous Key West sunset celebrations and (hopefully) beautiful sunsets.
At the nightly sunset celebration at Mallory Square you'll see a ton of performers (bring some $1s...they work for tips). You will see lots of stunt people, psychics, local artists selling their art work, but my all time favorite is the Key West Cat Man!!!!! This man has trained his cats to walk along a tight rope, jump through hoops of fire, jump over each other while on the rope, and much more. The guy himself is a little nutty...you'll know what I mean when you see...lol.
A lot happening at Mallory Square when the sun began to go down. Craftsmen were selling jewelry and chatcha's. A street performer wowed the crowds by jumping through a ring of fire. Blue a 17 yrs. juggled on a unicycle above the crowds with the sunset over his shoulder. Lot's to eat and drink and fabulous views of the most amazing sunsets.
Mallory Square was named after Stephen Mallory, whose claim to fame was being appointed Confederate Secretary of the Navy, the square's chief naval function is to load and offload huge cruise ships, which dock there almost daily. Bordering it are historic buildings that once supported the local maritime industry, now restored and occupied by various shops and restaurants
As the sun begins to set in Key West, Mallory Square lights up with a variety of entertainment given by street performers. These performances range from fire eating to juggling and are actually pretty fun to watch. You can start to see performers as early as 4:00 pm. The rest of Mallory Square offers many dining options, gift shops, and arts and craft stands, and of course, the romantic sunset should not be missed.
Most of the souvenier shops in Key West are selling things made in the Phillipines or China. It was the exact same design and style as seen all over the Caribbean. Only the name is changed. For authentic Key West souveniers and crafts, go to the booths around Mallory Square. There were glass blowers, painters, etc.
At sunset, even more handmade crafts are sold on folding tables along the square.
There are also street performers such as one-man band and fire jugglers.
Everyone shows up at sunset to watch the sun set over an island.
There is a carnival atmosphere at Mallory Square. The excitement peaks with the main show ...the sunset but it then continues into the evening . There are fire jugglers , street musicians, food venders and palm readers. Its wonderful fun.
You can't go to Key West and miss Malory Square. It is pretty much the heart of the city with lots of nightlife, entertainment and food. Oh!! There are roosters everywhere just roaming around. This is where the good cuban restaurant is located and sunset celebration. Sunset celebration occurs everynight on the pier at sunset. There are performers and drinks, and vendors there. It's pretty cool!!
Features 36 bronze busts of the men and women who have had the greatest impact on Key West. Includes Ernest Hemingway, Harry Truman, Henry Flagler, and Sister Louise Gabriel, wreckers Asa Tift and Captain John Geiger and construction moguls Charles Toppino & Sons, who practically built the lower Keys. Each bust tells their story. The walkways are made of bricks purchased and inscribed by families and friends in memory of their loved ones who have past away.
Mallory Square is a somewhat touristy area of Key West, but a nice touristy area not to be missed. Mallory Square is THE place to come to see some of the most spectacular sunsets in the world. There is a seating area right on a point of land dedicated to just this purpose right on the waterfront and you'll see many people arrive here to wait for the sunset, or come just in time to catch the sunset and then stay to enjoy the cool breeze coming off the ocean. You can almost picture it in some romantic, 1940's movie.
Mallory Square is also a happy jumble of small shops, restaurants and outdoor seating areas, and even a museum (the Shipwreck Historeum). Other museums and attractions also squeeze into this quaint little piece of Key West. It certainly felt like a warm, friendly place where everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. We had a nice lunch at a Cuban Restaurant here and thoroughly enjoyed it, then shopped and strolled around a little until it was time for sunset. It's a delightful place!
There are alot of things to do in Mallory Square. This is where you can board the Conch Tour Train or the Old Town Trolly, you can visit the Aquarium or the Shipwreck Historeum, you can shop in the Shell and Sponge store, and you can grab a bite to eat at many different restraunts.
They also do the sunset celbration everynight at sunset -- get there early though.
Mallory Square is located at the north end of Duval, Whitehead and Front Streets, along Wall Street. Facing out onto the Gulf of Mexico, it's a favorite spot for locals and visitors alike to toast each evening's sunset. But, there's plenty of other little things to do around Mallory Square...nothing earth shaking, mind you, but check out...
The sponge market (ocean sponges, folks, not birth control!)
Lots of local eateries, some are good places to get yourself some conch fritters
Sea shell and souvenir shops
The Key West Aquarium
and the nearby Truman Little White House
So my short point here is that there are things to do around Mallory Square leading up to sunset.
One of the artists is Will Soto. For me, he was one of the faces of the Sunset celebration. His performance was always fantastic. Many of you don't get the change to see him, because he's retired since April 1, 2006.
When in Key West you must take in the Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square at least once! There are a number of performers and vendors that set up in the area and it makes for an entertaining start to any evening. We saw everything from an escape artist to a street preacher to trained cats! Our cab driver from the airport advised us to start checking out the acts nearest the Hilton, as they are usually the most popular acts. We found this to be true, as the "performing cats" were in this location. Amazing and a little bizarre! We also learned that all of the arts/crafts were locally made. All in all, a definite must-see attraction!