Key West is a beautiful island paradise that never fails to impress. From its vibrant culture and rich history, all the way down to its picturesque shoreline, there’s no shortage of things for you to do on Key West! So whether it be fishing off the coast in search of your next meal or taking an underwater scooter tour through one of many unique mangrove forests-you’re bound not only find something that interests you but fall head over heels with this quaint little town!
The aptly named “key” west has so much more than meets the eye: from pastel conch style architecture, turquoise Caribbean waters–Key West offers bountiful nature as well as fun watersports like snorkeling and kayaking
Here are the top 7 “must do” in Key West:
1. Stroll along Duval Street
Duval Street is Key West in 1.25 miles, making it a must-do activity for anyone visiting the island with only one day to spare—it will show what this laid back town is all about!
Duval street deserves its glory as the hub of history and tourism on key west. The Duvallian (yes that’s right) has something for everyone; from locals looking for diner food or tourists seeking out their next adrenaline rush there are attractions along every block that poignantly sum up Key West’s charm.
For a real taste of Key West history, explore Duval Street and its many shops. You can even take the Conch Tour Train to visit some historic spots like Hemingway’s House or Old Town!
2. Visit Mallory Square
Mallory Square marks the beginning of Duval street. It is a free, public space in the heart of Key West. Although sunset-watching sounds like something to do at home while unwinding on your couch or porch swing, it’s a ritual for many locals and visitors alike to watch the sun go down here.
It has an atmosphere that feels surreal with musicians playing live music and vendors selling their wares nearby – all under this glorious red sky as the sun sets over Florida Bay!
3. Visit Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum
Ernest Hemingway’s house is a paradise for book lovers, history fanatics, and cat enthusiasts. Located on 907 Whitehead Street are lush tropical gardens with saltwater pools that line the walkways to his Spanish Colonial home. Once you step inside Ernest Hemingway’s iconic estate in Key West Florida from 1926-1961 it becomes apparent why this property has been dubbed the “most famous literary address.”
The interior of his 17th century colonial style white stucco mansion features colorful hand painted tiles imported from Spain along with carefully preserved original furnishings such as marble fireplaces and antique furniture made by some of Europe’s finest craftsmen through generations past including an old oak desk outfitted by 18th century carpenters.
4. Night Kayaking
In Key West, they say the real fun begins after Sunset. Part of the reason why this statement holds water is night kayaking. Floating over the beautiful Caribbean waters with LED illuminated clear bottom kayaks is magical. One gets to admire the beautiful marine life beneath the sparkling turquoise waters.
To have the most phenomenal experience of the brilliant underwater life that Key West offers, Key West Paddle is the best choice. Go on kayaking tours, SUP tours, sunset tours, backcountry tours, Key West Paddleboard tours, and signature night tours with LED lights that will amaze you.
5. Enjoy Nature at Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory
When visiting a destination that is endowed with nature’s bounty, better take advantage of the opportunity. Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservancy is home to over 20 species of exotic birds and 50 species of butterflies. It offers a learning experience to kids and adults alike by showing metamorphosis as it happens!
6. Southernmost Point
The Southernmost Point is not an activity in Key West but it’s the most unique feature for visitors to enjoy. The point marks both the southernmost location on U.S mainland and a Caribbean water experience that can’t be found anywhere else! Visitors should take time out of their day, or even from their vacation days, to visit this spot so they can get one selfie with America while at it!
7. Plan a Day Trip to Dry Tortugas National Park
The Dry Tortugas National Park is packed with load and loads of wisdom. But besides being an informational bank, it is gorgeous and packed with fun activities like snorkeling. It is one of the chains of scattered reef islands located around 65 miles southwest of Key West.
So Much More To Offer
Key West is the full vacation package when it comes to fun, relaxation, learning and nature. It’s an all-in-one package that has made it a hotspot for vacations! Nevertheless, with only a few days of time in Key West you won’t be able to do everything on your list; so enjoy what you can while there because this gem will always have something uniquely special waiting for those who return again one day!