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Things to do in Key West

Things to do in Key West center on the beach and ocean. Visitors to Key West enjoy sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling, fishing, boating, scuba diving, dolphin tours, glass bottom boat excursions and deep sea fishing.

If you do not experience motion sickness and your legs are sea worthy, a deep sea fishing event should top your list of activities in Key West. Be sure to make reservations in advance, get a good night's sleep and arrive at the dock early. The boat will take you into the deep waters of the ocean where you can catch fish like the iconic Florida Marlin, Yellowfin and Blackfin Tuna, and Swordfish.

If you enjoy snorkeling, then an excursion to the remote islands that make up Dry Tortugas National Park is a must see destination in Key West. This area ranks among the best snorkeling experiences in the world. Snorkeling provides an exquisite view of the coral reefs and the fish that live nearby. If you have never snorkeled before, rent a mask and see what you have been missing!

If you want to know what to do on land in Key West take a look at the Earnest Hemingway home and museum. This home was where Hemingway went to escape the troubles of his world and relax to write.

  • 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
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • House Key

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

    Pick up cartoonlike sculptures (fish in red high heels, anyone?) and bright beachscape-painted tables and chairs at this boutique filled with handm... More
  • Kermit's Key West Key Lime Shoppe

    The famed shop produces a frozen version, dipped in chocolate and eaten from a stick, lolly-style. More
  • Key West Heritage House Museum

    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 w... More

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