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Most tourists to the island paradise of Key West do not ever want to leave again. That is because Key West offers an amazing array of activities and attractions that will keep anyone wanting to stay. The island is famous for having warm and sunny weather all year round. It also has beautiful sandy beaches, scenic views, spectacular culture, and several historic attractions.
During pre-colonial period, the Calusa people inhabited Key West. During the Spanish settlements, Key West was turned into a salvage and fishing village. Over the years, Key West has seen a huge growth, especially in the tourism industry.
Attractions and Activities in Key West
From the beach to the popular old buildings, there are plenty of things to do and see in Key West.
Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum – This museum is one of the most popular attractions in South Florida. It features a beautiful Spanish Colonial mansion that was built in mid-1800s. Ernest and Pauline Hemingway moved into the mansion in 1931. The museum features the Hemingway’s personal items including European antiques that they collected. Many of Hemingway’s books were written in this mansion. The novel, Key West in the Great Depression was completed in one of the studios in the house.
Mallory Square – this square is located in Key West’s historic old downtown area. This is a waterfront plaza that faces the Gulf of Mexico. Due to its accessible location, tourists and locals flock to this square every day. The popular “Sunset Celebration” is a famous event in Key West, where every night, thousands of tourists gather to watch the amazing sunset. The place is also filled with vendors, dining options, street performers, and local musicians who will make your night even more magical.
Harry S. Truman Little White House – In 1890, this building was opened to become the headquarters of Key West Naval Station. In 1946, this building was converted as former President Harry S Truman’s winter home. Succeeding US Presidents use it for some relaxing time. To this day the house is used by United States leaders as a retreat home, but there is an area that is converted into a museum and open to the public.
Audubon House & Tropical Gardens – This is a mansion built in the 1800’s for Captain John Huling Geiger and family. The house today features several unique exhibits including period furniture and hand-painted lithographs of naturalists John James Audubon. You will love the scenic garden filled with beautiful tropical plants and flowers.
Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center – This is a marine sanctuary that features some of the most amazing flora and fauna that are native to Florida. The center features both land and aquatic plants and animals, it is the perfect place where you can learn about Florida wildlife.
Key West Garden Club – This garden is open to the public with a goal to provide more information about different plant life found in Key West. There are beautiful brick pathways among lush vegetation which makes it a romantic place to enjoy.
Dry Tortugas National Park – History lovers will love everything about this national park. It home to the Century Fort Jefferson surrounded by turquoise waters and coral reefs.
Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park – Another historical landmark within the boundaries of Key West. It is a famous park and beach offering a number of activities including biking and hiking.
Key West is the southernmost island in the Florida Keys. It is about 3 and half hours away from Miami, through the US Highway 1. From Miami, you need to take the Ronald Reagan Tollway and get off Exit 1. Drive on the scenic highway for another 3 hours to get to the heart of downtown Key West.