For a small town, Key West definitely has a lot to do! Here are some of our favorite things to experience during your visit here. Please let our front desk guest service staff know what you would like to experience and they will be happy to help arrange it for you.
Seaplane out to The Dry Tortugas & Fort Jefferson
See turtles, sharks, stingrays and a sunken ship from the air as you fly out 70 miles on a seaplane to the Tortugas National Park. Once there, grab your snorkel & fins and head to the beach where you can swim along a living coral reef, teaming with fish and other sea life. While out there, make sure to do the self-guided tour through Fort Jefferson, the third largest fort the U.S. ever built. It was under construction from 1846-1889 but was never completed because of structural issues, as well as, hurricanes, disease, and extreme summer heat. We usually bring a picnic lunch and spend the full day, but half day trips are also available.
Conch Train and Old Town Trolley
The Conch Train depot is at the foot of Duval Street in the Front Street Depot. Take the train around town to Truval Village, located at the corner of Duval Street and Truman Avenue. Then on to the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, the Key West Lighthouse, the Southernmost Point, the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory and the many fine art galleries, shops, and restaurants of upper Duval Street.
Duval Street is the hub of Key West nightlife, dining, shopping, and sightseeing. Stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico, Duval offers a mile and a half of galleries, Key West restaurants, shops, bars, nightclubs, and plenty of people watching. There is always live music playing somewhere and delicious food being served. From 9 am to 4 am every day, the street embodies the diversity of Key West, from the highly refined to the slightly bizarre.
The Southernmost Point in the USA
Key West is the southernmost city in the continental USA. The Southernmost Point, located at the southern end of Whitehead Street, is the official marker and a good place to document your visit with a photograph. There is usually a line, so go early.
Glide Along the Mangroves
Spend a beautiful and relaxing day out on the water board kayaking, diving and exploring our diverse ecosystem with Mellow Ventures Key West located at the Key West Historic Bight on the Waterfront at the North end of Margaret Street. Key West is located within the 2900 square nautical miles of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary that surround the Florida Keys. Within the boundaries of the sanctuary lie a spectacular barrier reef, the third largest in the world, extensive seagrass beds, mangrove islands, and more than 6,000 species of marine life.