Fun things to do

Fun things to do in Key West

Just because Key West is a small island, it doesn't mean there are not fun things to do. Below are the best attractions and places to see, according to us.


1. Water Activities - To really experience Key West, you must get out of the water, because without a doubt, the most popular attraction is the warm, blue waters that surround the island. Visitors can choose from: snorkeling, jet ski rentals, and glass bottom boat rides to fishing chartes, parasailing, dolphin encounters, and more.

2. Ernest Hemingway House - The Ernest Hemingway house is one of Key Wests most historic places. This was Hemingway's home from 1931 to 1939. It was here that he did some of his best writing, including A Farewell to Arms, Death in the Afternoon, Green Hills of Africa, To Have and Have Not, and For Whom the Bell Tolls.

3. Harry Truman Little White House - Considered one of the most historically important sites in South Florida, the Harry S. Truman Little White House is the place where President Truman planned the rebuilding of Europe and our response to the Cold War. Its where Dwight D. Eisenhower created the U.S. Department of Defense, and where John F. Kennedy may have made a decision that averted World War III.

4. Mel Fisher Maritime Museum - Mel Fisher and his discovery of the Atocha Spanish galleon is the most famous treasure hunting story in Key West history. The $450 million treasure, was known as "The Atocha Motherlode." The Supreme Court confirmed Fisher's ownership to the treasure, with a provision that he donate 20% of the artifacts to the state.

5. Southernmost Point Landmark - At the south end of Key West you will find the Southernmost Point landmark, a sight you have likely seen in every single vacation picture you've ever seen of Key West. The brightly painted concrete buoy replica is said to be the southernmost point in the United States.

6. Custom House Museum - The Custom House is a historic site, serving as the Key West Museum of Art & History. Self guided tours take you through the era of pirates and tobacco salesmen, to the life of Ernest Hemingway and beyond. See wood paintings of old Key West and portraits of famous residents. Find out how the Navy got rid of the pirates and how Key West went from rags to riches to ragsand back.

7. Key West Cemetery - This historic cemetery is located in the "dead" center of Old Town. The cemetery holds the remains of Key Wests earliest settlers.

8. Duval Street - Duval Street runs north and south from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean. The area is the location of many famous restaurants and bars, including Sloppy Joe's, Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville, and the rooftop bar at La Concha Hotel.

9. Fort Zachary Taylor State Park - Located near the northern end of Duval Street, the State Park is on the site of Ft. Zachary Taylor. The fort was built in the 1800s to defend the nation's southeastern coastline. There is also a sand beach located at the southern end of the park.

10. Shipwreck Museum - Inside the Shipwreck Museum, youll see how those who made their living off shipwrecks in the 1850s watched and waited for ships sinking off the coast. You will learn about the true dangers of the era of shipwrecking and how it made Key West the wealthiest city in the United States.

11. Audubon House & Gardens - The Audubon House is a historic museum featuring the artwork of John James Audubon. Audubon is famous for his exquisite drawings of birds. Visitors to the museum are given a guided tour of the house and garden. You will hear interesting tales of local history, and also have the opportunity to see many of Audubons first edition works.

12. Coast Guard Cutter Museum - The Ingham Coast Guard Cutter Memorial honors the 912 Coast Guardsmen killed in action during World War II and Vietnam War. This floating maritime museum is open to the public, Monday through Saturday.

13. The Studios of Keys West - Stop by The Studios and check out the latest exhibitions, see the artist studios, and stroll through the Sculpture Garden.

14. Sunset Celebration - Every night, hundreds of tourists gather at the pier to watch the sunset. The celebration includes street performers, arts and crafts exhibitors, along with vendors selling food and tropical drinks. The gathering begins two hours before sunset, everyday of the year.

15. U.S. Route 1 Mile Maker 0 - Another Key West photo op is Mile Marker 0, at the junction of Fleming and Whitehead streets, is a small green sign that marks the southern tip of U.S. Highway 1, a full 2,390 miles from its northern terminus in Fort Kent, Maine.

16. Dry Tortugas National Park - The Dry Tortugas is located 70 miles (110 km) west of Key West, Florida. the park by private boat is difficult because of its distance to the mainland, so most visitors come by catamaran or seaplane from Key West.

17. Events and Festivals - If you are planning to visit The Keys or Key West this year, here are the special events, organized by month and region.