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!
Mallory Square appears to be a cul de sac of brightly colored shops, food stands and the aquarium thrown in to round things out. But, like most places in Key West, it is an area rich in history and one with a lot of meaning for Keys residents.
Mallory Square was once the gathering place of pirates and, later, in a spirit of "not in my backyard" campaigning, the place for anti-pirate demonstrations. It was also used as the assembly point for US soldiers for 4 separate wars.
But Mallory Square is most known for the fabulous Key West sunsets that can be viewed from this point. Again steeped in history and tradition, many locals and tourists gather at Mallory Square at dusk to watch the sunset and to celebrate the end of yet another day in Paradise, as the locals put it. During this nightly sunset celebration, artists and street performers are on hand to witness the festivities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mallory Square is one of Key West's famous spots to gather. It's located at the end of Duval Street and at dusk there are many street performers and people gathered there for fun and the daily Sunset Celebration.
This is a pic of the Square during the day.
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!!
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!
Not sure of actual name of this but it has this large sculpture of wreckers and also pillars with busts of people associated with Key West. The pillars have plaques which tell the history of each person as well.