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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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Dry Tortugas National Park

Dry Tortugas National Park

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Florida’s Dry Tortugas National Park spans 100 square miles (25,900 hectares) of open water, protected coral reefs, and seven small islands in the Gulf of Mexico only accessible only by boat or air. Dry Tortugas is famous for its blue waters, wildlife, and Fort Jefferson—a 16-acre (6.5-hectare) coastal fortress.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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Key West Cruise Port

Key West Cruise Port

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The Key West cruise port is the 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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5 Best Weekend Getaways from Key West

5 Best Weekend Getaways from Key West

Top Snorkeling and Scuba Diving Spots in Key West

Top Snorkeling and Scuba Diving Spots in Key West

How to Spend 2 Days in Key West

How to Spend 2 Days in Key West

How to Spend 3 Days in Key West

How to Spend 3 Days in Key West

Top activities in Key West

Key West Sunset Sail with Full Bar, Live Music & Hors D'oeuvres
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Key West Southernmost Food and Cultural Walking Tour
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Key West Dolphin Watch and Snorkel Cruise
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Recent reviews from experiences in Key West

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Best thing to do in Key West
Adrian_S, Mar 2022
Key West Florida Reef Half-Day Snorkeling Excursion
We were snorkeling about 6 miles away from Key west and were able to see some fishes & corals.
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Fun in the sun!
Jennifer_Y, Mar 2022
Key West Jet Ski Tour: Free 2nd Rider
We loved being able to see beautiful Key West.
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What a great tour! I was...
Sarah_A, Feb 2022
Guided Bicycle Tour of Old Town Key West
I was able to see all the hot spots of Key West.
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Great time!
Darcy_B, Feb 2022
Guided Bicycle Tour of Old Town Key West
It was a great way to see the town and learn something in the process.
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First Visit to Key West
Michele_S, Feb 2022
Key West Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour
My husband had limited mobility, so it was a perfect way for us to see the island.
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Bedt pub crawl ever!
Cindy_G, Jan 2022
Original Key West Pub Crawl
Great group and loved to see some fun bars in Key West
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Enjoy local cuisine
Anonymous, Jan 2022
Key West Southernmost Food and Cultural Walking Tour
This was a great way to get to see key west and experience great local cuisine.
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Fun times
Charisse_S, Jan 2022
Key West Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour
It was fun to see all parts of Key West.
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Great way to see all the...
Lianne_B, Jan 2022
Key West Ghosts and Gravestones Trolley Tour
Great way to see all the beautiful residences in Key West and hear some folklore about the families that lived their over the years.
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40th Anniversary Trip
Rebecca_H, Dec 2021
4-Hour Private Cruise to a Sand Bar on a Boat in Key West
Getting to see the sand dunes!
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Great time!!!
Jim_G, Dec 2021
Tiki Cocktail Class in Key West, Florida
I will tell everyone going to visit key west to make this part of the trip.
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Amazing
Kerrilee_E, Dec 2021
Key West Parasailing Adventure
My girlfriend & I came to visit Key West to celebrate our 50th’s birthdays & booked out of Fury ( she has a height phobia & I a water phobia).
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Great way to see Key West...
Craig_M, Feb 2022
Guided Bicycle Tour of Old Town Key West
Great way to see Key West and learn more about the history.
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A DELICIOUS way to see Key West
Gyla_D, Nov 2021
Key West Historic Seaport Food Tasting and Cultural Walking Tour
It’s a great was to see so many areas of Key West.
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The guide was very...
Kim_M, Nov 2021
Key West Craft Cocktail Crawl
He gave us pointers on other bars to visit or other sights that we should see while on the island.
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steven_b, Sep 2021
Key West Ghosts and Gravestones Trolley Tour
This is a great way to see how Key West came in to play had great history features did not see any spirits.
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Perfect Getaway
Christy_N, Sep 2021
Sunset Sail in Key West with Beverages Included
Wine was perfect and a great way to see Key West.
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Fun boat ride.
Erin_R, Feb 2022
Key West Safari Eco Tour Adventure with Snorkeling
The island and sandbar that we went to had so much to see and explore.
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Yummy, fun, informative tour
Dawn_H, Feb 2022
Key West Southernmost Food and Cultural Walking Tour
Chris was super helpful about ideas for places to visit during the rest of our stay as well.
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Fun except for the last bar
Jessica_T, Jan 2022
Original Key West Pub Crawl
The bartender was obviously not happy to see us (same as last year).
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