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Things to do in Florida Keys

The coastline provides a variety of activities for the whole family, both educational and recreational – but most importantly fun. Ocean activities include snorkeling through reefs, or viewing sunken ruins, including the Christ of the Abyss in Key Largo. Ocean lovers can also take surfing lessons, fishing tours and set off on other water adventures.

There are also conservation programs and workshops, along with dolphin encounters for those keen to learn about the Keys and the natural ecosystem. Visitors can also take eco-tours or drop by the Key West aquarium for a fun and educational day.

For those whose main objective is relaxation – and who can blame you in this beach paradise? – there are a plethora of wellness centers and spas to chose from when visiting the Florida Keys. When planning a visit to the Florida Keys, there is something for everyone: nature, adventure, relaxation, learning – and even theater and shopping as well.

  • Alonzo's Oyster Bar

    Yacht owners tie up their boats and grab seats on the wraparound porch at this marina bar and slurp Key lime–garlic oysters during happy hour (4–6:... More
  • Bahia Honda State Park

    Take a guided snorkel tour near Bahia Honda State Park, to spot barracudas and stingrays. More
  • Bay and Reef Co.

    Book a snorkeling trip à deux to view a multicolored swirl of marine life and the 136-year-old lighthouse. More
  • Bésame Mucho

    Owned by a Key West native who stocks her well-appointed accessories boutique with candles from Diptyque and Tocca, antique clocks, spicy red peppe... More
  • Butterfly & Nature Conservatory

    A popular area activity, the Butterfly & Nature Conservatory has more than 50 species of butterflies and 20 species of exotic birds all housed unde... More
  • Dana Point Yacht Club

    Don't miss the summer regattas held here. More
  • Dry Tortugas National Park

    Hop the ferry to the Dry Tortugas National Park; the seven islands, 70 miles west, are the last of the true Keys. Evocative Civil War–era Fort Jeff... More
  • Dry Tortugas National Park Ferry

    The Yankee Freedom II takes visitors from Key West to Dry Tortugas National Park. The 70-mile excursion aboard this high-speed-catamaran takes a li... More
  • East Sister Rock

    East Sister Rock has a three-bedroom house with a wraparound veranda and a small dock. More
  • Florida Keys Eco Discovery Center

    The National Marine Sanctuary–owned museum, devoted to the largest coral reef in North America, opened in January 2007; permanent exhibits highligh... More
  • Fort Zachary Taylor

    Spend the day at the 1850s park (don’t miss the fascinating antique desalination plant). Here, you’ll also find one of the few beaches in Key West ... More
  • Gallery On Greene

    The Museum of Art & History at the Custom House occupies a prime location on the port, but for Art Basel–quality work, head to this one-room galler... More
  • Green Parrot

    A jazzy live band accompanies the rough-looking bartenders, who serve $3 brews to a wide range of characters beneath twinkling green lights. More
  • Harry S. Truman's Little White House

    Key West has attracted its fair share of vacationing presidents (Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Carter among them), and the memorabilia displayed at Trum... More
  • Hemingway Home and Museum

    It's a shame to come to Hemingway's tropical hideaway and not take the official tour, which start every 10 minutes and are led by a ramshackle grou... More

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