Top attractions in Key West
Top 10 things to do in Key West
There's always a celebration going on in Key West, even if it's just for the sunset! The southernmost point of the Florida Keys is a haven for seekers of sun, sea, sand – and margaritas! Here's what to see and do on your visit.
1. Ernest Hemingway’s House
Hemingway loved Key West! Tours of his 19th-century home reveal stunning hibiscus gardens, a grand swimming pool, and the study where he wrote "To Have and Have Not."
2. Southernmost Point Buoy
The famous concrete buoy that marks "90 miles to Cuba" is a sightseeing favorite with a dark secret – it's actually 94 miles away!
3. Mallory Square
Even if you're not in Key West for the nightlife, be sure to join the island's jugglers, musicians, and acrobats for the Old Town's Sunset Celebration. It happens every evening!
4. Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory
It's considered good luck if one of the 2,000 butterflies at the conservatory happens to land on you! See cocoons and even flamingos at one of Key West's most colorful attractions.
You didn't come to Key West for the dry land, did you? The Florida Keys' clear ocean waters are perfect for snorkelling, kayaking, and fishing.
6. Dry Tortugas National Park
The historic Fort Jefferson complements a snorkelling sweet spot spread across seven remote islands. Whether you go by seaplane or ferry, make time for a day-trip!
7. Higgs Beach
If you fancy a more relaxing time by the water then head to Higgs Beach, the perfect place to soak up some sun. Don't miss the stunning Atlantic panorama from its pier!
8. Mel Fisher Museum
This museum barely registers on the tourism radar, but it should! Its engrossing artifacts were all salvaged from shipwrecks and weave together a history of maritime tradition.
9. St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum
In a similar vein, the history of piracy is told here through its own heirlooms – among them Blackbeard's blunderbuss and one of only three surviving authentic Jolly Rogers!
10. Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park
Key West's best beach is famous not just for its pristine white sand, but for its Civil War fort. Take a tour of the historic monument, then cool your feet by the coral reef!
Planning Your Visit
Where is it?
Key West is an island city in the Florida Keys archipelago. It is the southernmost city in the United States.
How many days?
Key West is perfect for a weekend break. Ideally, try incorporating it into a longer island-hopping tour of the Florida Keys!
How to get there?
Key West has its own international airport, but you can also reach it via the scenic Overseas Highways (U.S. Route 1) from Miami. There are also shuttle buses available from Miami Internation Airport.
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- Best time to visit
- It's best to visit from March to May, in between the expensive, touristy peak season, and hurricane season.
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What people are saying about Key West
Had a great ghost tour with Kelly. The tour was very informative and enjoyed the ghost stories. The tour was a casual walk with plenty of time for conversation. We were lucky to have a private tour as we were the only couple on the tour. Recommend this to if you want to learn a bit of history of Keys. If you are looking to do some drinking would recommend the pub crawl tour instead.
It took me a little while to organize everything in planned to do leaving from Miami but Im glad i did. The glass bottom boat was fun. I took av ton of pictures. And parasailing was by far one of the best things i did in life.
The guide was so great, he spoke 5 languages I believe, and he gave us history of the Keys as we drove. The bus was on time, clean, and it was a good amount of free time in Key West. I would definitely do this again.
This was truly special, to be on a sailing ship even for a couple of hours. The crew was great as were the others sailing with us.
It was a wonderful experience. The crew was knowledgeable and helpful. Very much enjoyed the customer service.