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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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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 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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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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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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Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

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Encompassing 2,900 square miles (4,667 square kilometers, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary protects an underwater world that’s home to the world’s third-largest barrier reef and more than 6,000 marine life species. Plus, several shipwrecks pay homage to the maritime heritage of the Atlantic.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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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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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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Top activities in Key West

Key West Sunset Sail with Full Bar, Live Music & Hors D'oeuvres
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Key West Conch Tour Train

Key West Conch Tour Train

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Island Adventure Snorkel Kayak and Tour from Key West
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Small-Group Key West Sunset Sail with Wine
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Shark and Wildlife Viewing Adventure in Key West
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Key West Dolphin Watch Sunset Sail with Premium Wine, and Tapas Pairings
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Recent reviews from experiences in Key West

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One with nature!
Dan_R, Jun 2022
Clear Kayak Tours in Florida Keys
We were fortunate to see a few Nurse sharks and a small Lemon shark during the tour.
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Birthday Special!
Dan_O, Jun 2022
Ultimate Jet Ski Tour of Key West
Stephanie and D made the tour a lot of fun…great way to see Key West from the water.
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Beautiful water+ fun!
Abigail_S, May 2022
Island Adventure Snorkel Kayak and Tour from Key West
Beautiful water, fun activities, great crew!
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Recommend it
Asli_U, May 2022
Shark and Wildlife Viewing Adventure in Key West
We didn’t get a chance to see the dolphins which 80% of the time is a possibility but still had a great tour around the Key West.
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Awesome for first time visitors!!
Kristen_C, May 2022
Key West Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour
This was our first time in Key West and we’re so glad we did the tour, to see all the main attractions!
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Lovely day, but wished for more
Georgene_B, May 2022
Private Half-Day Key West Boat Trip
Wanted to see more of the area :( Fishing… was amazing!
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Only way to see the sunset
Linda_H, May 2022
Sunset Tiki Boat Tour in Key West
This is the only way to see the sunset in Key West.
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A must do Key West boat trip to see the sunset!
Andrew_H, May 2022
Key West Snorkel and Sunset Sail: Rum n' Reggae
This is a must do trip to see the sun set for key west and snorkelling was fantastic.
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Key West Vibes
Martha_L, May 2022
Key West Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour
The stops were convenient for enjoying activities in Key West.
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Love Love Loved It.❤️🐬🐠
Lydia_H, Apr 2022
Key West Dolphin Watch and Snorkel Cruise
We will definitely schedule with Fury again when in Key West to see the other opportunities for experiences they offer!
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Our favoirte tour of Key West!
Rachael_M, Apr 2022
Old Town Key West Literary Walking Tour
We took the tour our first morning in Key West, and it also proved to be a wonderful introduction to the major landmarks--and not-so-touristy--things to see in town.
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Memorable!
Elizabeth_B, Apr 2022
Key West Sunset Sail with Full Bar, Live Music & Hors D'oeuvres
The only way to see the sunset on Key West!
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Absolute blast!
Mark_R, Apr 2022
Dinghy Drinking Tour through Key West Waters
We have been to Key West many times and done all sorts of tours but this one was the best by far if you like a little day-drinking combined with a chance to see parts of Key West you won't see on foot.
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A fun few hours exploring the mangroves
Kimberly_H, Mar 2022
Key West Mangrove Kayak Eco Tour
It was a great way to take a break from the restaurants and bars and to see a different part of Key West.
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Great Bar Crawl Tour
A_R, Mar 2022
Key West Craft Cocktail Crawl
You also learn a lot of Key West history and get to see very exclusive bars in Key West.
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Richard_H, Mar 2022
Guided Bicycle Tour of Old Town Key West
great time nice way to see key west guide was very informative would recommend it.
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Relaxed bicycle day!
Gazanfar_R, Mar 2022
Guided Bicycle Tour of Old Town Key West
Obtained gentle lessons of history and got to see what we wanted
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Awesome Tour
Janna_F, Mar 2022
Key West Historic Homes and Island History - Small Group Walking Tour
Highly recommend and fun walking to see everything.
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Excellent
Lawrence_V, Mar 2022
Key West Conch Tour Train
This is an excellent way to see key west and travel to where you want to spend more time at.
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Great food tour and overview of Key West
Donald, Mar 2022
Key West Southernmost Food and Cultural Walking Tour
We had excellent food and drinks and his stories about Key West and the areas we visited, as well as his suggestions for restaurants and places to visit were informative, entertaining, and helpful.
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All about Key West

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Time Zone
EDT (UTC -5)
Country Code
+1
Language(s)
English

People Also Ask

What should I not miss in Key West?

Don’t miss the Old Town in Key West, a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood full of restaurants, bars, galleries, and shops. After a walk along Duval Street, check out the Key West First Legal Rum Distillery, Hemingway Home and Museum, and Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park.

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What is the best time to go to Key West?

There are several attractive times of year to go to Key West. The winter months of December, January, and February are known for mild temperatures. Travelers who want to see the rowdy side of Key West may want to visit for Fantasy Fest in October or Mardi Gras in March.

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What attractions are there in Key West?

Key West is home to several attractions including the Hemingway Home and Museum, Truman Little White House, and Key West Lighthouse. It also offers a range of smaller attractions such as the southernmost point in the continental US, Key West Aquarium, and Audubon House and Tropical Gardens.

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Is it worth going to Key West for a day?

Yes. It is worth going to Key West for a day. The pastel-hued Old Town is fairly compact and can be explored on foot. Check out the Hemingway Home and Museum, Truman Little White House, and Key West Lighthouse. Don’t leave town without going for a stroll along Duval Street.

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What is there to do in Key West for teens?

Teens in Key West can take a Jet Ski tour, rent bikes to explore the Old Town, or catch rays on the beach. Other fun things to do include visiting the Key West Shipwreck Museum, going on a ghost tour, and getting a bird’s-eye view of the ocean while parasailing.

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What do locals do in Key West?

Locals in Key West get outdoors to soak up the area's natural beauty. Join the locals for a swim at Smathers Beach, a fishing expedition, or a stroll through the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory. More options include a kayaking excursion or a bike ride followed by happy hour.

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