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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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

Trip ideas

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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Shark and Wildlife Viewing Adventure in Key West
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Key West Premium Sunset Sail aboard Schooner with Hors D'oeuvres and Full Bar
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Small-Group Key West Sunset Sail with Wine
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Key West Southernmost Food and Cultural Walking Tour
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Adults only Champagne Celebration Sunset Cruise from Key West
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Recent reviews from experiences in Key West

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Good for money savers!
Audrey_B, Jul 2021
The Key West Dolphin & Snorkel Experience
The hurricane did impact snorkeling visibility but we were lucky enough to see plenty of dolphins!
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Sunset on the Keys...
William_B, Jul 2021
Sunset Tiki Boat Tour in Key West
There's so much more to see from the water than by land.
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The best part of my key west vacation
Heather_H, Jul 2021
Shark and Wildlife Viewing Adventure in Key West
We got to see sea turtles, sting rays, dolphins, and best of all sharks.
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The way to see Key West
Amanda_K, Jul 2021
Guided Bicycle Tour of Old Town Key West
I really enjoyed biking through the neighborhoods and hitting the sights to see too.
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Biking fun!!! You Must do it
melissa_s, Jun 2021
Guided Bicycle Tour of Old Town Key West
We were able to see Key West with ease.
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Bikes are fun!
KarenGretz, Jun 2021
One Day Bike Rental in Key West
Bikes are a great way to see Key West!
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Wonderful Experience
Rebecca_P, Jun 2021
Parasailing at Smathers Beach in Key West
The parasailing ended up being one of her favorite activities during our 6 day visit to Key West.
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interesting
James_M, Jun 2021
Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum Admission Ticket
had a very good visit , excellent displays parking was a pane good place to visit when in Key West,,,,
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Amazing views
Rebecca_F, May 2021
Key West Sunset Champagne Catamaran Cruise
A new way to see the key west sunset.
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We had a blast!
TampaResident, May 2021
Key West Sunset Cruise with Live Island Music
Will do it again when we go back to key west this Summer....
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THE BEST OF THE BEST — A MUST DO!!!
Dereck_D, May 2021
Sunset Sail in Key West with Beverages Included
Seriously one of the best activities to do and the crew was so much fun and super kind.
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Clean and fun
Luther_S, May 2021
2-Hour Private Sunset Cruise around Key West
We had never visited Key West and wanted a quick and fun way to see the island and witness the famous sunset.
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The Best
Jayleen_G, May 2021
Key West Full-Day Power Adventure: Sailing & Watersports Package
I come once a month and this full day of activities has been my favorite out of all the things I have done.
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Getting Around in Key West!
LHayes, Apr 2021
Key West Conch Tour Train
A great way to see Key West.
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Awesome!
Rachel_H, Apr 2021
Ultimate Adventure from Key West including Breakfast, Lunch and Drinks
Loved how they split into different groups so no one feels left out on activities!
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Fantastic
Heather_H, Apr 2021
Key West Conch Tour Train
Great way to see the island!
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Relaxing Day Sail
ChristopherM, Mar 2021
Key West Day Sail Aboard Schooner
It’s a nice way to see key west from the water.
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Best tour ever
ChristopherM, Mar 2021
Shark and Wildlife Viewing Adventure in Key West
Simply amazing to see the sharks up close and watch them feed.
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Great Trip
Debra_K, Mar 2021
Dinghy Drinking Tour through Key West Waters
Nice to see the non commercial side of Key West.
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Very informative
Tami_A, Mar 2021
Key West Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour
And were able to find the things we wanted to visit while in key west
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