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

Between its gorgeous beaches and dazzling sunsets, Bahia Honda State Park offers all of what the Florida Keys are known for in one, 500-acre park. But... 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

You'll find more than 50 species of butterflies and 20 kinds of exotic birds under the glass dome greenhouse that is the Key West Butterfly & Nature... Read More

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

If you've got enough time for a day trip, hop the ferry to the Dry Tortugas National Park; the seven islands, 70 miles west of Key West, are like a trip... 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 a history of welcoming vacationing presidents (Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Carter among them), but Truman made the island city his winter home... Read More

A visit to Ernest Hemingway's tropical hideaway is a Key West must for a reason. To make the most of the experience, it's best to take the official tour... Read More

Deep-sea diving is a way of life in the Keys, so much so that there's an entire museum dedicated to its history. But visitors don't have to have ever... 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

Opened in 1963, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is America's first undersea park—and remains a sight to behold. Within its 70 nautical miles,... Read More

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

Overlooking Mallory Square, the Key West Art & Historical Society, located within the circa-1891 Custom House, is one of the Florida Keys' oldest... 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

This recently renovated hotel restaurant hosts its very own cabaret; men in drag do nightly impersonations of celebrities like Madonna and Cher at the... Read More

Resting within the central Floriday Keys, Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park is home to one of the Key's last tropical hardwood hammock forests.... Read More

Check exact tournament dates with the tourist office, or if you want to fish year-round, they'll help you rent a charter. Read More

The Mel Fisher Maritime Museum celebrates its namesake's 1985 discovery of the hull of a 1622 Spanish Galleon named Atocha, uncovered about a one-hour... Read More

2008 is the “International Year of the Reef,” so escape the heat while you pay homage to wonderful works of nature by snorkeling, scuba... Read More

This three-acre green that housed the railroad builders who constructed the Seven Mile Bridge to Key West in 1912 is now a charming museum complex... Read More

Locally beloved and nationally renowned, this improbably first-rate theater has been a cultural cornerstone in Key West for more than 30 years. Shel... Read More

A popular spot with locals and visitors alike, Robbie's Marina is a boat rental and tour company and the starting point for a number of water-based... Read More

Feeding the tarpon ($3 for a bucket of bait) off the dock of this water-sports center is a Keys rite of passage. Read More

This annual arts exhibit of contemporary, large-scale outdoor sculptures and installations started in 1995 as an informal exhibit. Now, it showcases... Read More

Just a five-minute boat ride from Marathon, Seabird Key is a 10-acre private island available for rent by the week. The island is home to an eight... Read More

Off the beaten path in an old Armory building, this nonprofit creative arts community center serves as an artist residency to more than 40 different... Read More

Though white-sand beaches and all the Key lime pie you can stuff into your suitcase are part of any Florida Keys adventure, the archipelago is also home... Read More

Catch an art film at the nonprofit Tropic Cinema (founded, in part, by writer Jean Carper and George Cooper, a retired law professor and author). Read More

Key West natives take their nightlife seriously, though not literally, as many begin their reveling at 3 p.m. Join the party early at this indoor... Read More

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