Must Do In Key West – 7 Of The Best Things To Do In Key West

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 in 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 to 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 to turquoise Caribbean watersKey West offers bountiful nature as well as fun watersports like snorkeling and kayaking. Besides watersports, make sure to try the famous Key Lime Pie. An absolute must-do in Key West!

Key Lime Pie

Here are the top 7 must-do in Key West with the exception of lime pie:

1. Stroll Along Duval Street

Duval Street in Key West is 1.25 miles long, 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!

Must Do In Key West - Duval St

Duval Street deserves its glory as the hub of history and tourism in 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 sums up Key West’s charm.

For a real taste of Key West’s 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, Key West Lighthouse, Key West Historic Seaport, or Old Town!

Key West Lighthouse, Key West Florida

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!

Sunset Celebration At Mallory Square Near Key West Aquarium

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, 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.

Ernest Hemingway House - National Historic Landmark - Key West, Florida

4. Plan A Day Trip To Dry Tortugas National Park

The Dry Tortugas National Park is packed with loads 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. 

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!

Visiting Key West - Dry Tortugas National Park

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 Conservatory 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!

Visit Key West Conservatory Near Key West Garden Club

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 the 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!

Southernmost Point - Key West Attractions In The Florida Keys

7. 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 kayaking tours with LED lights that will amaze you.

Night Kayaking Key West Florida

Duration
1 hour 30 minutes
Group Size
no limit

Night Kayak Tour

Get a single or double glass-bottom kayak illuminated with lights and follow our tour guide on this one of a kind, unforgettable and simply magical adventure.

This slow paced, immersive, and very relaxing experience will allow you to see some cool, active at night marine life as you're gliding through crystal clear waters of Key West.

Guests will experience going through narrow mangrove tunnels at night, floating around shallow and calm waters as the tour guide will look for interesting critters for everyone to see.

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60 USD
Duration
3-4 hours
Group Size
Up to 6

Key West Sandbar Trip

Key West sandbars are our local well kept secret. This is where we take our families to hang out and relax on our days off. This is the perk of our island lifestyle. Now we want to share this experience with you.

Turquoise shallow waters, epic picture worthy sights all around you that look like a postcard - that is what you're signing up for!

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550 USD