Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum

This famous author’s hideaway not only gives a peek into his life and interests, but is also home to his beloved cat’s many descendants.

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Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Miami: Key West Bus Tour

1. From Miami: Key West Bus Tour

Embark on a full-day tour of Key West from Miami. Feel the Caribbean atmosphere of the Florida Keys and explore at your own pace. See important sites, including Hemingway’s House, or opt to swim in the sea. Start with a 4-hour drive across 43 bridges and 31 islands to America's “Caribbean Islands,” the Florida Keys. The string of islands and islets, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, leads to Key West, the only frost-free city in the continental United States! Once in Key West, experience a Caribbean atmosphere complete with friendly street artists, lively outdoor cafés, and alfresco restaurants. Spend some time exploring Key West on your own. Book lovers might like to visit Ernest Hemingway’s House to see the former home of the famous author. Or, if you prefer, you can go to the southernmost point of the continental United States at the famous "90 miles to Cuba" Monument. Explore museums, such as the Mel Fisher Museum, the Light House Museum, or Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum (tickets not included). Feel the pulse of Key West at Mallory Square next to the cruise ship port. You may also choose to add one of our most popular adventure activities, such as a snorkeling trip to see tropical fish, a ride in a glass-bottom boat, or the hop-on and hop-off sightseeing trolley bus (tickets not included in the price). Depart Key West at 5:30 PM for the drive back over the bridges and islands.

Key West: 3-Hour Guided Bicycle Tour with Key Lime Pie

2. Key West: 3-Hour Guided Bicycle Tour with Key Lime Pie

Meet your friendly guide at the local partner’s office and get kitted out with your bike gear. After a short safety briefing it's time to head out on your island paradise adventure to see the very best that Key West has to offer. The first stop of the tour is the iconic Mallory Square, home to a popular nightly sunset celebration. Here, learn about the island’s history of smuggling and the shipwrecks that have crashed on the nearby reef. Next, pass by the presidential gates that lead to Harry Truman’s Little White House, which is known to have been his favorite vacation spot. Continue the tour onto Mile Marker Zero, which is quite literally the end of the road in the USA, then stop outside Ernest Hemingway’s former home where the famous writer penned many of his treasured novels. Head to the Southernmost Point in the Continental USA for a photo opportunity, then complete your circuit of the island as you ride past Higgs Beach, the White Street Pier, the Key West Cemetery, and the historic Seaport. At the end of an unforgettable 3-hour tour, enjoy a well-deserved rest and a slice of traditional key lime pie, an absolute must for any visitor to the island.

Key West: Hemingway's Life and Local Food Walking Tour

3. Key West: Hemingway's Life and Local Food Walking Tour

Discover the life of Ernest Hemingway while he lived in Key West on this guided walking tour. Uncover where the author lived, worked, and played. Stop to try three different samples of Key West cuisine as you walk.  Meet your guide at the front gate of the elegant residence where the author lived during the 1930s, Hemingway House. Make your way to get some local treats to help energize you for your walking tour. Try some delectable food like grilled chicken street tacos, conch fritters, and key lime pie. Find out where he watched and refereed boxing matches. See where he kept his boat the Pilar. Capture pictures of the bookstore where his books were sold. Stroll by his first apartment in Key West where he finished writing “A Farewell to Arms.” Make another stop to for some food before visiting where the author used to catch the train. Observe where he used to fish and charter boats. Finally, head to Sloppy Joes which was a favorite watering hole for the writer. 

Florida: Key West Overseas Highway Self-Driving Tour

4. Florida: Key West Overseas Highway Self-Driving Tour

Begin your sunshine-filled journey just an hour outside Miami, Florida: on Key Largo. Start the scenic 100-mile drive bypassing the ‘African Queen’, the iconic Hollywood riverboat. Follow in the historical footsteps of the Overseas Railroad to Plantation Key, the smuggler's haven. While there, check out Big Betsy, the giant lobster, and Theatre of the Sea, home of the original dolphin shows. Continue through Isla Morada while learning about the hurricanes, ecosystems, and wildlife of the tropical Florida Keys. Explore Anne’s Beach, Long Key, and Marathon, each of which contains unique attractions. Cross over the iconic Seven Mile Bridge and make sure to check out Fred the Tree, the famous spirit of the Keys. Journey past Pigeon Key and Geiger Beach until you reach the most famous Key of all: Key West. In popular Key West, discover Mallory Square, Truman’s White House, the Hemingway Home, Tennessee Williams’ House, and the historic lighthouse. Wrap up your tour at the Southernmost Point of the Continental US.

Key West: History and Culture Southernmost Walking Tour

5. Key West: History and Culture Southernmost Walking Tour

Start your journey at the famous Kino Sandals Plaza, where you will meet with your local guide. On your walk listen to stories about how Key West became one of the wealthiest cities in the mid-1800s. Learn about the island’s shipwrecking industry, sponge harvesting, and cigar manufacturing.  The end of the tour will end at a buoy showing the Southernmost Point of the continental U.S. Here, your guide will give you free maps so that you can continue to explore the various shops,  museums, and other points of interest along this section of the island.

Key West: Self-guided old town treasures walking tour

6. Key West: Self-guided old town treasures walking tour

Find out why Key West attracted so many cultural legends on a self-guided walking tour of the quirky old town. Starting from Mallory Square, follow the precise directions of your audio guide mobile app to learn the fascinating history behind the people and places that make the island so special. Starting from the Memorial Sculpture Garden in Mallory Square, you’ll discover the stories behind Key West’s most famous sights, including the residence of former President Harry Truman, Florida’s oldest bar, the hotel where Tennessee Williams stayed for ten years and the so-called longest street in the world. Along the way, you’ll learn how salvaging shipwrecks transformed the city, why the buildings’ aesthetics are so strictly controlled, how the city became known as the ‘Conch Republic’ and why there are so many chickens running around.

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What people are saying about Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 39 reviews

I love bike tours as a way of getting to know the city I'm visiting. A little bit of exercise, some history, sights and local recommendations. This tour has it. Honestly, the guide joked about telling us too much history, but I would have loved more. You hit all the highlights of Key West on this tour.

James was such a great guide. He was informative, kind and charismatic. My family and I saw things of Key West during our ride we wouldn’t have seen. Cold water was supplied before, during and after the ride. Did I mention delicious key lime pie!!!! It was a wonderful tour. Thank you James!!!

James was the most knowledgeable AND funny guide ever! Learned a lot about the history of Key West, laughed a lot and ate the best piece of Key Lime Pie ever at the end of the ride! Totally worth it, highly recommend this tour!

James was entertaining and knowledgeable. Glad we took the tour to learn the history of Key West in an entertaining way. Made a point to engage the kids in the group too which was great.

James was our guide and he was so funny! Great guy and very knowledgeable. He made the bike ride super fun. Would recommend 10/10.