Key West Things to Do

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  • 1. Beach

    Smathers Beach is the largest public beach in Key West. Powdery soft sand, turquoise water, lined with palm trees - it is what a south Florida beach should look like! On the windy day we were there...

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  • 2. Southernmost Point

    4 out of 5 stars

    We drove past Southernmost point once and were amazed by the throngs of people standing around taking pictures of a weird red, blue, yellow, and white striped buoy on land. I'm not sure what the real...

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  • 3. Mallory Square

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Even If you are only here 1 night ... you have to go here at least an hour before sunset and experience it. Lots of street performers and lot of people ... it was fun and the sunset didn't...

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  • 4. Duval Street

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Galleries, shops, bars and big beautiful homes with huge porches. Key West is a small island city with a very diverse population. It's a wealthy community, with plenty of regulars just trying to make...

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  • 5. Sunsets

    Watching the sun go down is a favorite pastime in most any part of the world. Key West can have some incredible scenic sunsets if the clouds and wind conditions are right. One of the best places to...

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  • 6. Day Trip - Dry Tortugas

    When we came down to Garden Key on our boat I got several photos of the Lighthouse at Fort Jefferson (Tortugas Harbor Light). But I wanted to get a photo of the lighthouse at Loggerhead Key. So when I...

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  • 7. US 1 Mile Marker 0

    US 1 travels along the east coast of Florida, beginning at 490 Whitehead St. in Key West. It travels along the East coast north for he 2,369 miles ending at Fort Kent, Maine, on the Canadian border,...

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  • 8. Famous Bars

    Glad I could help. As far as music, there are many bars and pubs with live music. Ricks is an everything venue, I like Hog's Breath and Sloppy Joes, but a bit touristy. But most of it is. Duval is...

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  • 9. Glass Bottom Boats

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    I belive we all have seen those bright full of colour TV programs from a different reefs. I don't know what I expected for this glass boat excursion, but there was not a lot of action. Only couple of...

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  • 10. Mallory Sunset

    At long last, I've finally been to Mallory Square to watch the sunset. In all the times I've come to Key West and in the days when I lived here, I never bothered to go and see this spectacle. I picked...

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  • 11. Diving and Snorkeling

    Key West isn't really a beach town - the beaches are man-made. But fishing, snorkeling and diving are good there because of the reefs and mangroves. My first SCUBA dive was here in Key West in 1967...

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  • 12. Butterfly Conservatory

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Before we cruised to Key West, I had done a lot of research about what to see. I fell in love online with the Key West Butterfly Conservatory. It was our first stop in Key West (CityView Trolley...

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  • 13. Truman White House

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The house we know as the Harry S. Truman Little White House was built in 1890 as the home of the commandant of the Key West submarine base. President William Taft was the first president to stay at...

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  • 14. Fort Zachary Taylor

    Construction of Fort Taylor began in 1845. Shortly after President Zachary Taylor died in 1850, the fort was named in his honor. Construction of the fort was slowed by yellow fever, weather, and...

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  • 15. Lighthouse

    The same hurricane that destroyed the city's first cemetery in 1846 also destroyed Key West's first lighthouse, which had been built in 1825. A new one was built the following year, which makes it the...

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  • 16. Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The one place I absolutely knew I wanted to visit in Key West was author Ernest Hemingway's home. It wasn't so much about his books that made me feel this way, but the stories that surrounded this...

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  • 17. Parades & Festivals

    Hello and get ready to the world of Fantasy Fest which has sometimes been referred to as Mardi Gras on Steroids....without the side effects. I think if you check the tips & links below you will be...

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  • 18. Oldest House

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Counter to popular stories, wreckers were a respected part of society and contributed to the very high average income of Key West in the 1830s. They did not lure ships onto the shore with false lights...

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  • 19. Hemingway

    In 1851, Asa Tift, a marine architect and salvage wrecker built the house. It was bought for Pauline and Ernest Hemingway by Pauline's rich uncle Gus in 1931. Pauline was Ernest's 2nd wife. When she...

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  • 20. Mel Fisher Maritime Museum

    4 out of 5 stars

    Mel Fisher was a man with a dream -- to locate sunken galleons and retrieve the treasurers which they had carried. He was widely successful and subsequently opened several locations in Florida where...

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  • 21. Historic Seaport

    When we lived in Key West in the 60s, this marina was full of shrimp boats and this was also where the turtle kraals were. The turtle kraals had a tower so that someone could get up high and see how...

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  • 22. Shipwreck Historeum

    Actors, disguised as a pirate or a captain draw crowds inside while shouting and acting a fight. Promising! Inside, the show starts with a movie about the history of Key West and the wrecking activity...

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  • 23. Cemetery

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Near the corner of Francis and Olivia there is a Jewish Cemetery inside the main Key West City Cemetery. Stones here date from the 1890's to the present. Newer graves near Francis Street are similar...

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  • 24. Hemingway's Cats

    When I went back to visit Hemingway's House one of the primary attractions were the six-toed cats (descendants of Hemingway's original cats) that live there. This time when I went, I not only took...

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  • 25. Aquarium

    4 out of 5 stars

    We went to the aquarium one evening before we went to the Mallory Square Sunset celebration. We got to see some of the sharks being fed and there were touch tanks. You can see jellyfish, sea turtles,...

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