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Welcome to Key West

Colorful Key West combines a tropical island vibe with a laid-back lifestyle for a Caribbean-esque vacation at the southernmost tip of the United States. History buffs will want to take a sun break to visit Ernest Hemingway’s Home and Museum, President Harry S. Truman’s Little White House, and the Key West Shipwreck Museum. Water lovers can explore on guided cruises, snorkeling or kayaking tours, Jet Ski rides, or quiet evening sails. Sunset is a major event each evening, with crowds gathering at Mallory Square to watch the show and enjoy street performances. Most people also visit festive Duval Street to explore the bars, restaurants, and art galleries.

Top 10 attractions in Key West

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Mallory Square

Mallory Square

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Overflowing with Key West quirkiness, Mallory Square draws a crowd at sunset thanks to its many restaurants, street performers, and daily Sunset Celebration. During the day, visitors come for some of Key West’s best shopping and to admire the open-air sculpture garden, which pays tribute to famous local residents.More
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Key West Cruise Port

Key West Cruise Port

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The Key West cruise port is a gateway to America’s southernmost city, where pristine nature meets quirky culture and history. The cruise terminal is walking distance from many top attractions in the compact center of Key West and is a convenient starting point for exploring the city’s neighborhoods, beaches, and nightlife.More
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Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum

Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum

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The Key West Lighthouse is one of the island's oldest structures. It was first built in 1825 to help ships navigate the dangerous reefs of the Lower Keys. The lighthouse that stands today dates back to 1847, and the 92-foot (28-meter) building offers some of the best views in town, as well as a maritime museum in the keeper’s house.More
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Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum

Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum

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Nestled among towering palm trees on Key West, the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum allows you to see where one of the United States’ most famous writers and greatest thinkers lived and worked. The Hemingway Home is a National Historic Landmark and Literary Landmark, and recorded at the Library of Congress as an Historic American Building.More
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Southernmost Point of the Continental USA

Southernmost Point of the Continental USA

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The Southernmost Point of the Continental USAmonument is a quick but must-do photo op while vacationing in Key West. The iconic buoy-shaped concrete marker indicates that you’re in the southernmost point of the continental United States, just 90 miles (145 kilometers) to Cuba. Snap a pic and then get busy enjoying island life in this legendary Florida destination.More
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Fort Zachary Taylor

Fort Zachary Taylor

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Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park spans 54 acres (22 hectares) sits on the tip of Key West and is popular for both its military history and its current recreational opportunities. It is also the location of one of Key West’s favorite beaches, a stretch of sand with turquoise water sometimes called “rocky beach.”More
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Smathers Beach

Smathers Beach

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Palm trees line this prime stretch of Key West beachfront, where you can stake out the perfect stretch of white sand, lounge in the shade, or try one of many activities. Calm water makes Smathers Beach a favorite for snorkeling and swimming, and it’s great for families looking for a day by the shore.More
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Harry S. Truman Little White House

Harry S. Truman Little White House

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Located in what is now called the Truman Annex in Old Town Key West, the Harry Truman Little White House was the winter White House for President Truman for a total of 175 days over the course of 11 visits.The former president was not the only U.S. leader to enjoy some respite in Key West. The house originally served as the base commandant’s house for the naval submarine station at Key West. President Taft was the first to visit in 1912, and Thomas Edison resided in the house during World War I. Over the years, six American presidents have used the residence, but the most important usage was by Truman from 1946 to 1952. Due to advances in technology, he realized that he could continue to act on matters of importance outside of Washington, D.C. and thus, the Little White House became his home from November to December and February to March, allowing the president a time of rest and recuperation.Other notable figures such as presidents Kennedy, Carter and Clinton have visited and worked in the Little White House; many continue to do so. Because of this, the property will occasionally be closed for government functions with very little advance notification.More
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Key West Aquarium

Key West Aquarium

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Situated on Key West’s Mallory Square, the Key West Aquarium brings visitors up close to some of the Florida Keys’ aquatic wildlife. Exhibits feature guest favorites such as sharks, stingrays, American alligators, and jellyfish. The Atlantic Shores exhibit houses a living red mangrove ecosystem, a critical habitat in the Keys.More
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Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

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When visiting the Florida Keys it is hard to miss the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary as most of the water surrounding the Florida Keys is part of the sanctuary. Covering 2,900 square nautical miles, the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary protects the incredible underwater world of the Florida Keys, where reefs and animals flourish.During a visit to the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, you have a few different options for how to experience this protected area of nature. The sanctuary is home to the world’s third largest barrier reef and is an excellent spot for scuba diving or snorkeling. There are even a series of shipwrecks you can explore as a diver called Shipwreck Trail.If you’d rather stay above water, you can rent a boat to explore the sanctuary and possibly do some fishing. When boating it is important to use mooring buoys for your anchor as they won’t damage the reef. In addition, boaters should pay attention to the commands of other buoys in the sanctuary as they are strategically placed to protect the environment.To learn more about the history and conservation efforts of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, a visit to the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center is a must. Through interactive exhibits you’ll learn about the land-based and under the sea wildlife and plants of the Florida Keys. There is also a living reef tank, which has an abundance of coral and fish living in it.More

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Top activities in Key West

Key West Sunset Sail with Full Bar, Live Music & Hors D'oeuvres
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Key West Sunset Cruise with Live Island Music
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Key West Mangrove Kayak Eco Tour

Key West Mangrove Kayak Eco Tour

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Key West Sunset Dinner Cruise with Tropical Buffet
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Key West Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour

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Key West Parasailing Adventure

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Key West Full-Day Island T'ing Eco-Tour: Sail, Kayak and Dolphin Watch
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Recent reviews from experiences in Key West

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A must do in Key West!
Richard_N, Feb 2021
Guided Bicycle Tour of Old Town Key West
This is the best way to see Key West!
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Great experience
Schuyler_S, Feb 2021
Key West Southernmost Food and Cultural Walking Tour
Excellent way to see Key West.
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Well worth the time
Rod_R, Feb 2021
Guided Bicycle Tour of Old Town Key West
Great way to see Old Town Key West - the stories that go with the tour make it an enjoyable tour - a must see when visiting.
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Looks like the pictures
CaliforniaMom, Feb 2021
Shark and Wildlife Viewing Adventure in Key West
We were amazed to see huge sharks close up.
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Great experience
Dana_E, Nov 2020
Key West Haunted Pub Crawl and Ghost Tour
We even talked with her after our tour ended about other things to do while in Key West.
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Great way to see a sunset
Erin_J, Nov 2020
Key West Sunset Dinner Cruise with Tropical Buffet
A great way to see a Key West sunset and enjoy great food and music.
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Ghost tour
Tonya_M, Oct 2020
Key West Ghost and Gravestone Trolley Tour
A great way to see Key West and learn about the history.
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A perfect Key West Experience
Andrew_S, Aug 2020
Ultimate Adventure from Key West including Breakfast, Lunch and Drinks
It has all the activities you could ever want to do in key west and it is a day full of fun!
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Sunset dream
Cassandra_H, Feb 2021
Key West Sunset Sail with Full Bar, Live Music & Hors D'oeuvres
My boyfriend came to visit from California and it was his first time in Key west so it was really special to end our trip with this sunset cruise before our drive back to Miami.
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Worth the trip
Natasha_H, Feb 2021
Key West Full-Day Power Adventure: Sailing & Watersports Package
Didn't get to see much of that because how choppy the water has been and the rain coming in.
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We love it - even without snorkelling.
Katarzyna_B, Jan 2021
Key West Florida Reef Half-Day Snorkeling Excursion
We just promised the kids to come back on a snorkelling excursion at the summer time.
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Good for first timers
Arif_K, Dec 2020
Scuba Diving Guided Tour from Big Pine Key
Don't expect to see much of the coral life.
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Awesome
Shawna_M, Feb 2021
Guided Bicycle Tour of Old Town Key West
Very good way to see Key West and fun to learn a bit.
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Highly Recommended
Jace_H, Jul 2020
Key West Premium Sunset Sail aboard Schooner with Hors D'oeuvres and Full Bar
The views were amazing, sunset was unforgettable but also got to see some dolphins along the way.
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Worth it
Kassandra_B, Jun 2020
Shark and Wildlife Viewing Adventure in Key West
What a great way to see the marine life in Key West - they truly know what they are doing!
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Great history lesson
dredgerton, Feb 2020
Key West Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour
Fantastic way to see the island and learn about Key West.
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A fun and tasty tour!!
mjp307, Feb 2020
Key West Southernmost Food and Cultural Walking Tour
I will definitely aim to visit here again in the near future to experience more that this beautiful, fun city has to offer.
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Best part of our trip
Dioseslov, Oct 2019
Key West Full-Day Power Adventure: Sailing & Watersports Package
So much fun with many activities not to mention awesome breakfast, lunch and unlimited drinks.
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Easy way to see the keys.
miray982018, Jun 2019
Key West Conch Tour Train
It was a good way to see most of the attractions in Key West.
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A fun way to see Key West!
euphoric_cow, May 2019
Key West Conch Tour Train
This was a great way to see the main sights of Key West in a short time frame.

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