Destinations

Six places to explore in Key West

July 18, 2017 / Florida Keys

Photo courtesy of Todd Andrew Feit /Conchtastic Key West

Some call Key West home year round while others call Key West home for a weekend. Whatever amount of time you spend here, there’s no shortage of things to see and do.

Here are our six favorite places to visit in Key West. Get lost for hours learning about the history of the city, taking in gorgeous views of the water, and of course snapping pictures of palm trees along the way.

  1. Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum
    Take a step back in time and into the shoes of Ernest Hemingway. His historic home in the heart of Old Town Key West is filled with beautiful gardens, old books, and over 40 felines.

  2. Key West Lighthouse
    First lit in 1849, the Key West lighthouse is now a historic museum showcasing authentic Keepers Quarters and nautical artifacts. Climb the 88 steps to the top for a beautiful 360 degree view of Key West.

  3. Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory
    Enjoy a relaxing afternoon at Key West’s butterfly park that’s home to over 50 different species of butterflies. The conservatory also houses different species of birds, plants, and trees, not to mention beautiful waterfalls.

  4. San Carlos Institute
    Go back in time and learn about Cuba’s independence movement. This Cuban heritage center was founded in 1871 and was one of the nation’s first bilingual and integrated schools.

  5. Mallory Square Sunset Celebration
    Make sure to stop by the nightly arts festival at Mallory Square Dock and catch the beautiful sunset. With arts and crafts, street performers, and delicious food carts, it’s the perfect way to end a day of sightseeing in Key West.

  6. Southernmost point buoy
    Whether you take a touristy photo or just take in the beautiful view, this iconic landmark is a must see in Key West. Pro-tip: Go early to beat the photo line!

Whatever you end up doing today, lather on some sunscreen and enjoy the sunshine while exploring one of the most unique cities in Florida.