We Recommend

Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum

The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum lets you experience the calming contrast that this Key West home offered this complex man as you take a leisurely and inspiring tour of his mansion and gardens. It is located at 907 Whitehead St. in Key West, and is open 365 days a year from 9am – 5pm.

Key West Trolley Tours

Here are just two of the many ways to see the island of Key West.

Old Town Trolley Tours
Phone: 305-296-6688
122 Simonton Street
Key West, FL 33040 

Key West Trolley Tours
Conch Tour Train
Phone: 305-294-5161
501 Front Street
Key West, FL 33040

Most of the tours are round trip with many stops. Want to visit at one of the stops? With some of the tours, you can get off and visit a while, then catch the next alike train or trolley that dropped you off, and continue your tour, stopping to visit when needed on your way back to where you began your Key West tour.

Key West Aquarium

The oldest attraction on the island, the Key West Aquarium is a modest but fascinating exhibit. A long hallway of eye-level displays showcases dozens of varieties of fish and crustaceans.

You'll see delicate sea horses swaying in the backlit tanks. Kids can touch sea cucumbers and sea anemones in a shallow tank in the entryway. If you can, catch one of the free guided tours, where you can witness the dramatic feeding frenzy of the sharks, tarpon, barracudas, stingrays, and turtles. Expect to spend about 1 to 1 1/2 hours here.

Mallory Square

Located by the historic Key West waterfront, and within view of The Ocean Key Resort & Spa, this open-air marketplace and entertainment complex is a great place to start or end your visit to Key West. Known for its magnificent sunsets, the area is also home to many shops, including Shell Warehouse, Key West Sponge Market and Caribbean Cargo.

The Square also features daily entertainment, which includes guitar music, juggling, and animal performances. Local sightseeing tours also depart from the Square. Call for additional information 305 296 4557.

Local Activities

 

Key West Aquarium

1 Whitehead St, Key West, FL 33403
(305) 296-2051WebsiteDirections
 

Bayview Park

Virginia St, Key West, FL
Directions
 

Fort Zachary Taylor State Park

Southard St, Key West, FL
(305) 292-6713Directions
 

Key West Lighthouse Museum

938 Whitehead St, Key West, FL 33403
(305) 294-0012Directions
 

Key West Golf Club

6450 E. College Road Key West, FL 33040
(305) 294-5232Directions

Upcoming Events

MARCH

54th Annual Key West House and Gardens Tour
March 14 - 15, 2014, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
The annual Key West house tours are sponsored by the Old Island Restoration Foundation and funded in part about the Monroe County Tourist Development Council. Each tour features lovely homes and gardens reflecting the varied tastes and originality of their owners.
Contact: 305-294-9501
Email: tickets@oirf.org


Mote Marine Presents: 5th Annual Florida Keys Ocean Festival and Waterfront Craft Show
Friday, March 28, 2014 11:00 AM - Saturday, March 29, 2014 6:00 PM
Eco-Discovery Center 32 East Quay Road
Key West, FL
33040
To Benefit Mote Marine Laboratory's Coral Reef Restoration Programs. Free admission, Free parking. Events and information for all ages to celebrate the Florida Keys' marine environment. Many activities for children including a fishing seminar for kids -- the first 100 kids under age 12 who are registered online receive a free rod -- live entertainment all day, more than 70 arts, crafts, food vendors & exhibitors as well as a silent auction. Howard Livingston and the MM 24 Band are to headline the day of fun. Contact Roberta 305-292-7963; Jason 305-393-6022 for more information.


APRIL

33rd Annual 7 Mile Bridge Run
Online registration for the 33rd Annual 7 Mile Bridge Run will open on the following dates:
Keys Residents (limited # of entries): Thursday, February 6, 2014, 6:00 AM, EST
Open Registration: Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 6:00 AM, EST
Visit www.7mbrun.com/
Date: Saturday, April 5th, 2014
Start Time: 7:30 AM
Location of Race: Start of the 7 Mile Bridge: Marathon, FL


2014 World Sailfish Championship
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 - Saturday, April 12, 2014
Visit http://www.worldsailfish.com/ for more information on the 2014 World Sailfish Championship!

19th Annual Taste of Key West
Monday, April 23rd
A benefit for AIDS Help, The 19th Annual Taste of Key West will be held from 6 to 9 p.m., Monday, April 23rd on the Truman Waterfront Pier at the end of Southard Street. Every year the event has grown by leaps and bounds and this year promises to be another block buster! More than 50 local restaurants and 100 wineries and vineyards, provided by Republic National Distributing Company will be on hand to provide culinary delights and fine wine tastes. Admission is free. Food and wine tickets cost $1 each with “tastes” ranging from $3 to $8. The 2013 Commemorative Wine Glasses sell for $6 each. Participants can begin arriving at 5:00 p.m. to purchase their glasses and tickets prior to the gates opening promptly at 6:00 p.m.
Related Website:
http://www.aidshelp.cc/taste.html




Little Palm Island Lecture Series - featuring Mary Matalin & James Carville
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Join us for a thought provoking evening on the island when Mary Matalin and James Carville discuss a myriad of issues from the left and the right. Sure to entertain, and not to be missed. Lecture begins at 9:00 pm. Guests not joining us for dinner should be on the 7:30 pm or 8:30 pm boats. Boat reservations are required by calling 305-872-2551.
Little Palm Island
28500 Overseas Highway
Little Torch Key, FL
33042


32nd Annual Conch Republic Independence Celebration
April 18-17, 2014
Where were you April 23, 1982? Chances are, if you were in Key West you found your way to an unbelievable little known news event right outside the Key West Chamber of Commerce. Come celebrate the birth of The Conch Republic! With activities ranging from a wacky bed race to a lighthearted sea battle featuring tall ships, the Conch Republics 10-day birthday party showcases the independent and eccentric spirit that characterizes the Florida Keys.
Related Website:
http://www.conchrepublic.com/schedule.htm


JULY

34th ANNUAL HEMINGWAY DAYS
Date: July 15-20, 2014
Whether composing novels in his Whitehead Street writing studio or fishing for big game in local waters, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ernest Hemingway left a powerful legacy in Key West. His zest for life, literary accomplishments and enduring affection for the island he called home throughout the 1930s are to be commemorated Tuesday through Sunday, July 16-21, 2013, during the annual Hemingway Days celebration.


AUGUST

Key West Lobster Mini Season
Date: July 30th & 31st, 2014
Location: Area Waters
Every July the coastal areas of Florida are flooded with lobster hunters trying to get their share of this year's bounty when the official mini lobster season kicks off. There are two Florida Lobster Seasons, the 2 day mini season and the 8 month regular lobster season. The mini lobster season is always the last consecutive Wednesday and Thursday in July. This year the mini season falls on July 30th and 31st. Make sure to always verify dates and regulations with Florida Fish and Wildlife It begins at 12:01 am on Wednesday and ends at 12:00 midnight on Thursday. www.floridalobstering.com


Key West Lobster Fest
Dates: August 7-10, 2014
Location: Duval Street
Every year we celebrate the opening of Lobster Season by throwing the biggest party of the summer. Thousands of lobster lovers descend on Key West for four glorious days and nights.
Events include the Duval Crawl on Friday night, a Free concert and Street Fair on Saturday and a decadent Sunday Brunch.  www.keywestlobsterfest.com



4th Annual Key West Brewfest
Aug. 29 – Sept. 1, 2014
Location: Old Town
Beer School, Beer Dinners, Beer Seminars, Beer Brunches, Football Tailgate, Pool Parties, BrewMasters, After Parties featuring specialty beers, and of course, the Signature Event held on Saturday, August 30, 2014: Key West BrewFest Tasting Festival.  www.keywestbrewfest.com


SEPTEMBER


Key West Poker Run (Bike Week)
Dates: September 18-21, 2014
Location: US1 From Miami to Key West
The best motorcycle ride in the tropics on one of America’s most scenic highways US Highway is in the Florida Keys. Known in Monroe County , Florida as the Overseas Highway, it stretches over 100 miles from Miami, Florida to Key West, Florida. With over 40 bridges, including the infamous Seven Mile Bridge


OCTOBER
Fantasy Fest Home Made Bikini Contest on the Sunset Pier
October 22, 2014

Fantasy Fest Key West Burlesque on the Sunset Pier
Oct 23, 2014

Fantast Fest Living Art Airbrush Expo on the Sunset Pier
Oct 24, 2014   

Fantasy Fest Parade
Oct 25, 2014
“Animated Dreams & Adventures!"


NOVEMBER

Parrotheads - Meeting of the Minds
Key West World Championship Powerboat Races
Key West Film Festival