Things to do in Key West
Key West is a very magical place. If you have visited here before, you are probably still talking about your vacation here and have some fond memories of a fabulous Key West sunset, walking down an Old Town lane and smelling the jasmine, or singing along downtown to a popular duo at one of the bars on Duval Street.
- Key West Aquarium - Perhaps one of the most unique aquariums in the world, the Key West Aquarium has delighted visitors since 1934.Come join us and see for yourself the beautiful indigenous sea-creatures of Key West and the Florida Keys.
- Custom House - Follow a path once traveled by wreckers, pirates, and politicians to South Florida's most important historic building. The Custom House, built in 1891, served as a post office, court house and government center when wrecking made Key West the richest city, per capita, in the U.S. But by the 1930's, the island city was bankrupt. Eventually, the building was boarded up and completely abandoned. Now, after a 9-year, $9 million restoration project, the Key West Art & Historical Society has returned the big red brick building to its former glory.
- Mel Fisher's Maritime Museum - The Mel Fisher Maritime Museum showcases gold, silver and treasure recovered from shipwrecks around the world. The museum contains an extensive collection of artifacts from 17th century shipwrecks, such as the Henrietta Marie and the Nuestra Senora de Atocha.
- Truman Little White House Museum - History has left its mark on the Truman Little White House since 1890 when it initially served as the command headquarters of the naval station during the Spanish American War, World War I and World War II. In 1946 the historic building first served as the winter White House of President Harry S. Truman and a site for the Cold War response by later presidents. Today, the Truman Little White House is a public, living museum as well as a retreat and place of government business by our nation's leaders.
- Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum - Nestled in the heart of Old Town Key West, this unique property was home to one of America's most honored and respected authors. Ernest Hemingway lived and wrote here for more than ten years. Calling Key West home, he found solace and great physical challenge in the turquoise waters that surround this tiny island.
- Mallory Square - The center of Key West's historic waterfront, Mallory Squares stages famous Key West sunset celebration. Historic Mallory Squares and the city of Key West both had their beginning along this deep harbor waterfront - the wrecking schooners, the frigates and warships of the US Navy, the Cuban cigar makers tobacco warehouses, ship's chandlers and government offices combined to make Key West a bustling seaport out on the frontier of a young America.
- Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory - Take a stroll through a tropical paradise... walk through an exotic and inviting environment filled with hundreds of the most beautiful winged creatures in nature -- butterflies.
- Fort Zachary Taylor State Park - Florida's southernmost state park is popular for recreation, as well as U.S. military history. The fort was one of a series built in the mid-1800s to defend the nation's southeastern coastline. Completed in 1866, Fort Zachary Taylor played important roles in the Civil War and Spanish-American War. A beautiful beach at the southern end of the park provides opportunities for picnicking, swimming, snorkeling, and fishing. Visitors can also enjoy a short nature trail and bicycling within the park.
- Smathers Beach - A pretty public beach with several vendors renting watersports gear and beach chairs.
- Duval Street - Key West's main entertainment thoroughfare. Popular busy street offers plenty of shops, restaurants, bars and more.
- Southernmost Point - One of the biggest attractions on the island is a concrete replica of a buoy at the corner of South and Whitehead Streets that claims to be the southernmost point in the contiguous 48 states. The point was originally just marked with a sign, which was often stolen. In response to this, the city of Key West erected the now famous monument in 1983. Brightly painted and labeled "SOUTHERNMOST POINT CONTINENTAL U.S.A.", it is one of the most visited and photographed attractions in Key West.
- Sunset Key Beach - The beach at Sunset Key Guest Cottages, A Westin Resort, is available for guests at The Westin Key West Resort & Marina. The cost is $20 per person per day. The number of passes is limited and are sold on a first-come, first-served, basis. Advance reservations are not available. Boat passes are required and may be obtained through the Westin concierge desk. The concierge also has a list of nearby beaches if Sunset Key is full.
- Key West Golf Club - At the entrance to the island of Key West, the unique Key West Golf Club's 18 holes encompass over 200 acres of beautiful Florida Keys foliage and wildlife. Golf legend Rees Jones masterfully designed the Key West Golf Course, an 18 hole, 6,500 yard course to be a challenge to players of all abilities.
- Fury Water Adventures - One of Key West's most popular attractions is the crystal blue waters surrounding our island paradise. For almost three decades visitors and locals alike have been choosing Fury Water Adventures as their #1 excursion in and on the waters of Key West. Choose from a variety of watersports - Reef Snorkeling or Sunset Cruises/Sails aboard the Fury Catamaran, thrills in the air with Fury Parasailing, or Reef Eco-Tours aboard the Fury Glass Bottom Boat.
- Danger Charters - When you sail with Danger Charters, you sail to another world and time; to a place where the wildlife is still "wild," and your interaction with nature is intimate and authentic. You feel as if you've stepped back in time, back to the days when the Florida Keys backcountry was home to traditional, shallow-draft sailing craft, captained by local water men that had grown up sailing and navigating the notorious shallows and challenging narrow channels of the Florida Keys.
- Key West Extreme Adventures - Enjoy a shark and wildlife eco-tour in Key West aboard the custom built eco-adventure vessel "Tiger Cat." You'll cruise to the pristine backcountry waters of Key West for three and a half hours of shark and wildlife viewing. A scent is deployed to attract these apex predators right next to the boat. In these calm waters you will see a variety of wildlife, turtles, stingrays, birds and dolphins.
- Ghost Tours of Key West - Take a lantern-led evening stroll down historic Old Town's shadowy lanes and discover the ghosts, ghouls and legends of our haunted island paradise.
- Old Town Trolley Tours® of Key West - For over 30 years, Old Town Trolley Tours has been providing sightseeing tours highlighting the best of Key West. Hop aboard one of our trolleys and you'll experience Transportainment, a delightful combination of transportation and entertainment.
- Waterfront Playhouse - The Waterfront Playhouse has been entertaining Key West audiences for over 70 years. Located in the heart of Key West’s historic Mallory Square, this not-for-profit, professional theater attracts locals and tourists with a wide range of theatrical fare. The Playhouse is an intimate 150-seat theater located steps from Key West’s nightly sunset celebration.