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Key West Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour
"Explore Key West while hopping on and off at any of our designated trolley sightseeing stops. Visit over 50 points of interest with this all day pass as our expert guides provide live narration and entertainment with stories only locals could tell! Audubon House) LaConcha Hotel (Margaritaville Oldest House Museum) Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center (Fort Zachary Taylor State Park U.S.S Mohawk) Higgs Beach (White Street Fishing Pier West Martello Tower) Southernmost Point (Southernmost House Mansion Upper Duval Street Shopping) Ernest Hemingway House Museum (Lighthouse Museum Bahama Village) Key West Bight (Schooner Wharf
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Key West Ghost Walking Tour
"Florida’s Key West has a history full of pirates wreckers smugglers and other sinister characters. On this nighttime ghost walking tour explore Key West’s haunted side with your expert guide and prepare to be spooked! As you wander down dimly lit streets and eerie alleys listen as your guide tells first-hand stories and legends of Key West's most infamous haunted places. Learn of ghosts and ghouls as you visit the Hard Rock Cafe Banyan Resort Eaton Lodge
From $21.00
 
Key West Aquarium
"Get up close and personal with sea life at the renowned Key West Aquarium. Make your way to the aquarium and begin your tour of various underwater worlds. Learn about the lives of the creatures of the sea. Explore the diverse habitats of different parts sea urchins and hermit crabs in the Touch Tank. Watch the aquarium’s sharks turtles and rays eat during feeding time and find out about their eating habits. You can even pet a live shark if you dare. Through its association with the Turtle Hospital and the Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network the aquarium is home to a number of sea turtles recovering from injuries. Enjoy your visit with these survivors. And don’t miss the Atlantic Shores Exhibit — a 50000 gallon tank reminiscent of a mangrove environment that is teeming with tropical fish."""
From $15.00

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Ship Wreck Historeum

Should be call Ship Wreck Histboringem. Luckily, we had a buy one, get one free ticket from the Entertainment Book, or I would have really been mad. It is dark, and low budget. The best part is the tower for pictures.

Fun Alternatives East Martello Museum & Gallery self guided tour was much better.

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tpangelinan
May 21, 2003

Sunset cruises

You can see the sunset from so many places in Key West. Mallory Square and Ft Zach State Park are probably two of the best. So there's really no reason to take a two hour cruise to nowhere. The sunset cruises are equivalent to the spring break crowd's popular "booze cruise" offered on many of the islands in the Carribean. You pay a fee and get all the hangover quality alcohol you can consume. Since booze flows freely throughout Key West and the sunset can be seen from many spots, I'd recommend skipping this one.

Unique Suggestions Get some photos of the sunset. There really is nothing like it.

Fun Alternatives Go to Mallory Square, buy a drink and join the revelers watching the sun go down. While you're at it, pick up some conch fritters from one of the stands.

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goingsolo
Sep 25, 2005

Nancy Forrester's Secret Garden

This “attraction” is a sham. An "artist"-type is basically charging gullible tourists $6.00 to see her back yard. They even required the $6.00 fee for my 3 year old. There are a bunch of pretty plants, blah, blah, blah. But is it worth $6.00 to view barely an acre of someone's backyard garden? Just looks like a good way not to actually work for a living. If you are expecting pristinely manicured walkways through lush foliage, you are in for a disappointment. I don't think they believe in rakes or pruning shears. Just leaf-covered dirt paths weaving around a run-down cottage and house that should be condemned. Thinking about renting the quaint cottage - stick with the Marriott. The cottage is one step above a tent, and not really that quaint. Picture a cobweb strewn, musty old hut, that needs a good cleaning. That's it. And don't miss the "Art Gallery". If you paid to see the backyard, might as well see the storage shed too. Didn't see any art, but did see a lot of old junk. In summary a complete farce. Oh yeah, if you still want to go, the directions say "walk down a small lane off of Simonton Street between Southard and Fleming". It is more like walking down someone's driveway - absolutely no signs whatsoever. The only way you know you have arrived is when you step through the gate in the wall and you find the "artist"-types assistant collecting admission (I thought he was homeless at first - he sure did smell that way). You may think I have a grudge or that this review is mean-spirited, but if you go, you will find that everything I said is the 100% truth. My wife and I are in the travel business and have visited many attractions over the years, good and bad. This one doesn't even qualify as an attraction. Don’t waste your valuable vacation time here.

Unique Suggestions The only redeeming feature of the tour were the various exotic birds, but I could have seen similar in a good pet store and saved my $6.00.

Fun Alternatives Key West Aquarium
Southern Most Point
Fort Jefferson
Harry Truman Annex
PT Boat Ride in Harbor

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boobania
Sep 23, 2003

southern most point..or is it

look at a map...not even the REAL southern most point.
but at least it's free

Fun Alternatives Other options:
West martello tower--it's free (but nice to leave a donation). nice gardens, hit pretty hard by Wilma but recovering
east martello tower. not free but nice. make sure you don't miss the sculptures in the outside building and Mario Sanchez exhibit indoors.

KWL
Jan 11, 2007
 
 
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T-shirt shops, cheap sunglasses, Hawaiian prints

The tourist section of the island is overpriced and overrated in my opinion as most of the shops there all sell the same t-shirts with inane logos about partying and drinking and you will be driven off of the sidewalks by large groups of asian tourists and overweight Northern Floridians that smell of stale beer and sun tan lotion in tacky tight-fitting pastels and flip flops .

Fun Alternatives go fishing, diving, snorkeling, rent a bike, moped, take a walk along the beach

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ericdharma
Nov 30, 2008

Southermost point stop

OK, so you are at the southern most point of the US, only 90 miles away from Cuba. What is the big deal??? There is nothing to see at this stop just a stupid red oversized buoy that tells you that are as far south as you can go in the US.

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realde14
Oct 21, 2003

Southernmost Point

Save yourself a trip. Stay on the Florida mainland.
Or drive 150 miles, take a picture, and some day you can post it to join the 1300-plus photos of it at:

http://www.webshots.com/search?query=southernmost+point&start=20

DAterzano
Nov 21, 2005

Don't go commercial

Ripley's Believe it or Not - don't do it!

Fun Alternatives Go on a spooky night ghost tour . . . the history is rich in Key West with stories of pirates and wild eccentrics.

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Skigirl
Jan 21, 2003

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"Key West Driving Trip May 3-12, 2003"
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"Key West one of my favorite spots in North America"
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Daily sails

Dolphin watching? Don't believe it! :-)
At least we didn't see any, however they were promised.

Unique Suggestions We saw flying fish instead. A consolation prize, but ok.

Martinewezel
Jan 15, 2011

Things to Do Near Key West

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Duval Street

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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West Martello Tower

When we lived in Key West there in the late 60s, they hosted a flower show in the winter. If you go at the time of the flower show they have some amazing flowers that you can see in addition to the...
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St. Mary's Star of the Sea Catholic Church

Saint Mary Star of the Sea was established in 1851, making it the oldest Catholic parish in Key West and the fifth oldest in the state. The present church was completed in 1905 (the first church was...
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Cemetery

On the grounds of Hemingway House is a unique cemetery for the six toed cats that live there. Hemingway named his cats after famous people, and that tradition has continued - as can be seen by reading...
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Butterfly Conservatory

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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Southernmost Point

It's free and easy to find .. and a must do if your there. . We have only been there twice and don't know that we will return but it was a lot of fun. a party place year round. After that you have to...
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