Things to Do in Florida Keys

Brooke Slezak

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... Read More

Take a guided snorkel tour near Bahia Honda State Park, to spot barracudas and stingrays. Read More

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

Owned by a Key West native who stocks her well-appointed accessories boutique with candles from Diptyque and Tocca, antique clocks, spicy red pepper... Read More

A popular area activity, the Butterfly & Nature Conservatory has more than 50 species of butterflies and 20 species of exotic birds all housed under... Read More

Don't miss the summer regattas held here. Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

East Sister Rock has a three-bedroom house with a wraparound veranda and a small dock. Read More

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

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... Read More

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... Read More

A jazzy live band accompanies the rough-looking bartenders, who serve $3 brews to a wide range of characters beneath twinkling green lights. Read More

Key West has attracted its fair share of vacationing presidents (Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Carter among them), and the memorabilia displayed at Truman's... Read More

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 group of... Read More

Almost every item in this ocean-themed shop is covered in seashells. There are handmade sand dollar– and starfish-rimmed mirrors and frames, along... Read More

Grab a beer and discuss the day’s haul at this rough-and-ready bar. Read More

Get a glimpse at the ruins of an early European settlement and some secluded waterfront sands. Read More

Pick up cartoonlike sculptures (fish in red high heels, anyone?) and bright beachscape-painted tables and chairs at this boutique filled with handmade... Read More

Captain Jim Sharp takes groups of up to six anglers on saltwater fishing expeditions in the Florida Straits with his boat Sea Boots. The boat's light w... Read More

Snorkel in John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park—which includes part of North America's largest living reef. Read More

The famed shop produces a frozen version, dipped in chocolate and eaten from a stick, lolly-style. Read More

The museum dates to 1834. Since the 1930’s, the property has been owned by the Porter family, one of the founding clans of Key West: Robert Frost... Read More

This two-room bookstore feels and smells like an attic, but the collection of mostly used books is worth a visit. Peruse the teetering stacks for Cuban... Read More

The circa-1891 Key West Museum of Art & History at the Custom House features a dripping-with-malice portrait of Truman Capote, waving a 1976... Read More

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