Key West, Florida is a popular stop on cruise line itineraries and one we have visited several times. Our first introduction to Key West came via Carnival Fascination, then sailing from Miami. It was just before the tragic events of 9/11/2001 and much has changed in the world since that time. But Key West has remained basically the same; a nice place to visit with great people and wonderful food. This infographic from Marriott highlights a number popular attractions in Key West, making the destination worthy of a visit by ship if not a land vacation allowing more time to take it all in.
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- Key West Aquarium – The first of its kind to use an “open air concept” (using natural light to illuminate the tanks), the Key West Aquarium is a place to explore aquatic life and cool off when the days get hot.
Address: 1 Whitehead Street; Key West, Florida 33040
- Hemingway’s House – For the literary aficionado, a tour of Ernest Hemingway’s house is a must. Tour the beautiful grounds and the studio where the author penned such novels as A Farewell to Arms and Green Hills of Africa.
Address: 907 Whitehead Street, Key West, FL 33040
Phone: (305) 294-1136
- Mel Fisher Maritime Museum – Founded to share recovered treasures with the world, the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum boasts an extensive collection of artifacts and information from various shipwrecks in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Address: 200 Greene Street, Key West, FL 33040
Phone: (305) 294-2633
- Truman Little White House – Initially serving as the command headquarters for the Navy in early American wars, the Truman Little White House became the Winter White House for Harry S. Truman in 1946. This museum now acts as a living historical homage to Key West and the active role it plays with the government.
Address: 111 Front St, Key West, FL 33040
Phone: (305) 294-9911
- West Martello Tower – One of the only remaining Civil War era structures, West Martello Tower is preserved by the Key West Garden Club and consists of gorgeous botanical gardens that are free and open to the public.
Address: 1100 Atlantic Boulevard, Key West, FL 33040
- Museum of Art & History – Also known as the “Custom House”, the Key West Museum of Art & History is comprised of historical artifacts and art exhibits detailing the history of Key West.
Address: 281 Front Street, Key West, FL 33040
Phone: (305) 295-6616
- Key West Butterfly Conservatory – A stroll through the tropical paradise of the Key West Butterfly Conservatory will calm your senses and whisk you away to a beautiful tropical oasis with waterfalls, lush tropical vegetation and hundreds of colorful butterflies.
Address: 1316 Duval Street, Key West, FL 33040
Phone: (305) 293-9258
- Dog Beach – Bring Fido to bask in the sun and hang-10 at Dog Beach. With dogs welcome, this is a popular spot for both locals and those traveling with pets. Be sure to keep an eye on Fido as the beach is a bit rocky in spots.
Address: Vernon Street and Waddell Avenue; Key West, FL 33040
- Lighthouse and Keeper’s Quarters Museum – Climb 88 circular stairs at the Lighthouse and Keeper’s Quarters Museum to enjoy sweeping views on the observation deck of the 15th oldest surviving lighthouse in the United States.
Address: 938 Whitehead Street, Key West, FL 33040
Phone: (305) 294-0012
- Southernmost Point – While in Key West, visit the Southernmost Point in the continental United States. Situated just 90 miles from Cuba, this historic landmark is marked by a giant buoy and sees nearly a million visitors each year.
Address: Corner of South Street and Whitehead Street; Key West, FL 33040
Phone: (305) 292-1880
- Fort Zachary Taylor – Once a Civil War fort, Fort Zachary Taylor is now a state park that is more than just a historic location. From lazing on one of Key West’s “Best Beaches” to fishing for your dinner or taking a narrated tour of the Fort, there is certainly something for everyone to enjoy.
Address: 601 Howard England Way, Key West, FL 33040
Phone: (305) 292-6713
- Diving with dolphins – Diving with dolphins is sure to be an experience you and your family will never forget while visiting Key West. With many different tour groups offering options, one is sure to fit your budget and schedule.
- Take pictures of Old Town – With plenty of shopping, people watching, historic architecture and beautiful botanical gardens – Old Town Key West is a great place to take in the scenery and snap a few pictures to remember your trip.
Address: Duval Street, Key West, FL
- Ride a bike down to Mallory Square – Witness one of the best sunsets in the world as you ride your bike through Mallory Square and encounter what used to be one of the most bustling seaports in early America.
Address: 400 Wall Street; Key West, FL 33040
Phone: (305) 809-3700
- Key West Race – Catch the excitement of power boat racing just off the shore of Key West. With boats hovering above the water at over 100 MPH, it’s a thrill to watch the race while catching some rays off the beach.
Address: 1323 20th Terrace; Key West, Florida 33040
Phone: (305) 296-6166
- Snorkeling – For the adventurous sea-lovers, snorkeling in Key West is some of the best in the country. With reefs to explore and thousands of different sea creatures to witness, it is a memory you will keep far past your trip.
Address: Corner of Greene Street and Elizabeth Street
- Turtle Kraals Museum – Dedicated to shedding light on the turtling industry in the late 19th and early 20th century, the Turtle Kraals Museum explains the history of the manner in which the sea turtle population became endangered and turtle hunting became illegal.
Address: 200 Margaret Street, Key West, FL 33040
Phone: (305) 294-0209
- Water Skiing – For the water sports enthusiast, Key West boasts some fantastic water skiing. From novice to expert, there is sure to be a fit for every skill level.
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