Key West, Florida Attractions - Sunsets, Scenes & Sensations
Explore Old Town Key West’s charming strip, which sizzles with local color, festive nightlife, live music and legendary bars. Discover Key West’s swashbuckling pirate past and treasure-laden shipwrecks. Celebrate the brilliant sunsets at Mallory Square and dance to the whisper of the palms. Enjoy endless water activities on the coral reef - the only living barrier reef in North America - such as snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, kayaking, jet skiing, parasailing and fishing. And in the heart of the Key West action and adventure, Crowne Plaza Key West - La Concha is your haven on
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Key West Top Attractions
Duval Street.Key West’s lively main strip, Duval Street is lined with scores of wonderful restaurants, sidewalk cafes, open-air bars, legendary music venues, shops, boutiques, art galleries, hotels, museums, street musicians, artists and many
Swing by Duval Street’s famous hotspots for live music and spirited drinks, including Sloppy Joe's (www.sloppyjoes.com), Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville (http://www.margaritaville.com) and Fat Tuesday. The Top at the Crowne Plaza Key West - La Concha is the highest spot on Duval Street to watch those mesmerizing Key West sunsets.
Mallory Square.One of Key West’s most famous and historic attractions, Mallory Square is a bustling waterfront with spectacular harbor views and a vibrant nightlife scene. Once a port for US Navy Ships, warships and massive vessels and where Cuban cigar makers and sponge collectors sold their wares, Mallory Square is a festive gathering place with wonderful seafood restaurants, art galleries, boutiques and gift shops filled with unique treasures.
Join the fun of the world-famous Sunset Celebration every evening, when the sun descends into the water with a green flash. Join the street party filled with musicians, fire-eaters, street performers, artsists and local vendors serving up conch fritters and island specialties. Sing, dance, shop, and eat at Mallory Square - an unforgettable Key West experience.
Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum.Explore the tranquil environment where America's most legendary author and Nobel Prize winner, Ernest Hemingway, lived and penned his most notable works. Nestled in the heart of Old Town Key West, this beautiful mansion and a National Historic Landmark is where Hemingway found solace and inspiration for over 10 years as he wrote his prolific masterpieces.
Step back in time with a guided narrated tour of the Spanish Colonial style home and lush gardens. Enjoy the whimsy of more than 60 cats that live here, many descendants of Hemingway’s six-toed cat. Visit www.hemingwayhome.com.
Key West Aquarium.Key West’s first attraction, the Key West Aquarium is one of the most unique aquariums in the world, showcasing the planet’s most intriguing and exotic sea creatures and marine life indigenous to the Florida Keys. Discover the undersea world and the spectacular marine that surrounds the Florida Keys.
Watch daily feedings of sharks and turtles, and see sharks, moray eels, barracuda, grouper, parrotfish and dozens of tropical fish up close. Get a hands-on experience with sea life at the Touch Tank or follow the expert guides for an inside look into the life of many sea species. Visit www.keywestaquarium.com.
Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage.Located in downtown Key West, the Mel Fisher Museum highlights the rich maritime history of Key West and the New World through exhibits, artifacts, treasures and educational programs. Museum exhibits include the fabled treasures of Spanish galleon Atocha in the 1622 Fleet and objects from the English merchant-slaver Henrietta Marie that sank 35 miles west of Key West in 1700. www.melfisher.org
Ripley's Believe It Or Not.Experience over 500 unusual and odd exhibits at this 8,000 square-foot museum on Duval Street. The self guided tour through 13 different themed galleries will amaze and delight. See bizarre exhibits such as a shrunken head once owned by Ernest Hemingway, "Miracle" the white buffalo, a camel bone carving, and a car made of 10,000 dimes. Visit www.ripleyskeywest.com.
Conch Tour Train.Aboard the Conch Tour Train you’ll be captivated by the magic of Key West and its 400-year history. This popular Key West attraction entertains with exciting legends of this charming paradise. Explore a tropical island and discover one of America's most charming architectural treasures.
Go back to the days when fierce Indians left bones in the tropical wilderness they called Bone Key. Get to know characters like John James Audubon, Ernest Hemingway and Harry S. Truman. From Spanish explorers and brave 'wreckers' to the cigar barons, you will hear about the golden age of Key West’s settlement through the railroad days and World War II. You will visit attractions such as Mallory Square, Key West Aquarium, Harry S. Truman Little White House, Key West Shipwreck Treasures Museum and Flagler Station. Visit www.conchtourtrain.com.
Old Town Trolley Tour.Explore the attractions, scenic beaches and unique island flavor of Key West on the 90-minute Old Town Trolley tour covering over 100 points of interest. Tour at your own pace and get off at convenient stops to shop, dine
Sit back while ocal guides offer colorful anecdotes, entertaining stories and historical information that recount the days of Indians, pirates, wreckers, and the Civil War. Learn about the history, lore and legends of Key West while stopping at famed attractions like the Truman’s Little White House, the Southernmost Point of the US, and Mallory Square. Visit http://www.trolleytours.com/key-west.
Key West Shipwreck Treasures Museum.Step inside the Key West Shipwreck & Treasures Museum for a voyage to an era of treacherous shipwrecks and salvagers. Begin the adventure with a climb to the top of the 65-foot observation tower. Discover the thrill the wreckers felt as they waited for ships sinking off the Key West coast and learn how their salvaging efforts made Key West the richest city in America. See artifacts and treasure from real shipwrecks, watch presentations about the shipwrecking industry and enjoy laser shows and a variety of exhibits. Visit www.shipwreckhistoreum.com.
Key West Butterfly And Nature Conservatory.Voted the #1 Attraction in Key West by The People's Choice Awards, Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory is the tropical paradise of hundreds of butterflies and colorful exotic birds from around the world.
The Conservatory is a magical oasis fille with tropical flowering plants, trees and cascading waterfalls in a glass-enclosed habitat for the “flowers of the sky.” A 15-minute film detailing the fascinating world of butterflies sets the stage in the Learning Center. Browse the Gift Shop for nature related gifts, and visit the Wings of Imagination Gallery, featuring imaginative butterfly art. Visit www.keywestbutterfly.com
Harry S. Truman Little White House.One of Florida's historic treasures, Harry S. Truman Little White House was the winter home of Truman and his family from 1946 through 1952. Built in the late 1800s, the Little White House was an arena for political meetings and important events. Take a narrated tour of the magnificent home and see original furnishings and personal items of President Truman.
Learn about Truman’s life on the island he adored and the history of the Little White House. Discover the tropical flora and canopy of trees that make up the botanical gardens and park-like grounds. The home has also been used by inventor Thomas Edison, who perfected new weapons for the Navy during WWI, and has been vacation retreats for Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Carter and Clinton. The home is a magical venue for special events and weddings.
Flagler Station.For history buffs, Flagler Station is a remarkable journey into our national past. This Key West attraction celebrates the success of Henry Flagler, who connected Key West with the U.S. by train. Completed in 1912, Flagler Station is a tribute to Flagler’s pioneering vision and the Key West railroad.
Flagler’s “railway over the sea” was a 130 mile extension that allowed trains to travel to Key West from around the United States. Visitors can walk through an actual railroad car, see artifacts, photographs and memorabilia, and hear stories about the railroad. Watch “The Day The Train Arrived”, a film that highlights that momentous day when Flagler arrived on the train from New York.
Fort Jefferson Dry Tortugas National Park.
Located 70 miles west of Key West, the seven remote islands of the Dry Tortugas are nestled among coral reefs, white sandy beaches and a vast expanse of sea. One of the most beautiful National Parks in the world, Dry Tortugas National Park offers a rare mix of sandy beaches, coral reef, sand pits, and historic structures like the 19th-century Civil War fort, the largest brick structure in the Western Hemisphere.
Cruise aboard the Yankee Freedom II, a state-of-the-art ferry, or on several high-speed catamarans and charter boats that depart from Key West. The clear waters and reef surrounding historic Fort Jefferson are perfect for swimming, scuba diving and snorkeling adventures.
Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park
Take in the natural beauty of Key West's favorite beach at Fort Zachary. This particular park is considered the best location for sunset. Come to this park if you are interested in swimming, fishing, hiking, picnicking, scuba diving, snokeling, wildlife viewing and much more! Guided Tours that detail the extensive history of this Civil War fort are offered daily at noon. Visit http://www.floridastateparks.org/forttaylor/ for more information.
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