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Things to do in Florida Keys

When considering what to do in the Florida Keys, visitors need look no farther than the coast. The Keys’ proximity to the ocean allows for a wide variety of outdoor water activities for people of all ages, such as snorkeling through the area’s reefs or embarking on a guided tour to one of the Keys’ most compelling attractions—the sunken Christ of the Abyss in Key Largo.

For seaside family fun with an educational twist, there are plenty of things to do in the Florida Keys beaches and shallow waters. Several of the Keys offer family dolphin encounters and workshop discussions on environmental conservation that children and parents alike are sure never to forget.

Laid-back travelers wondering what to do in the Florida Keys will be pleased when presented with a number of highly acclaimed spa and wellness centers scattered throughout the Keys, while thrill-seekers will easily find an equal amount of things to do in the Keys’ exhilarating waters.

Surfing lessons, fishing tours, deep-sea diving expeditions, jet pack adventures, and much more are available in many of the Keys locations. And, as if that isn’t reason enough, the Keys are host to a thriving cultural scene. There are a vast range of theatrical productions that take place seasonally throughout the keys that families and individuals who visit the Florida Keys will definitely enjoy. The Keys certainly has a little something special for visitors of all ages, backgrounds, and personalities to treasure and take back home.

  • 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. Cre... 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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