Things to do in Key West

Key West is a very magical place. Take advantage of the many things to do in Key West including enjoying a Key West sunset, walking down an Old Town lane and smelling the jasmine, or singing along downtown to a popular duo at one of the bars on Duval Street.

Southernmost point

One of the biggest attractions on the island is a concrete replica of a buoy at the corner of South and Whitehead Streets that claims to be the southernmost point in the contiguous 48 states. The point was originally just marked with a sign, which was often stolen. In response to this, the city of Key West erected the now famous monument in 1983. Brightly painted and labeled "Southernmost Point Continental U.S.A.," it is one of the most visited and photographed attractions in Key West.

Mel Fisher's Maritime Museum

The Mel Fisher Maritime Museum showcases gold, silver, and treasure recovered form shipwrecks around the world. The museum contains an extensive collection of artifacts from 17th century shipwrecks, such as the Henrietta Marie and the Nuestra Señora de Atocha.

Audobon House

The Audobon House offers a relaxing and educational environment for families and visitors of all ages. enjoy the art gallery, tropical gardens, gift shop, and much more.

Key West Aquarium

Perhaps one of the most unique aquariums in the world, the Key West Aquarium has delighted visitors since 1934. Come join us and see for yourself the beautiful indigenous sea-creatures of Key West and the Florida Keys.

Custom House

Follow a path once traveled by wreckers, pirates, and politicians to South Florida's most important historic building. The Custom House, built in 1891, served as a post office, court house, and government center when wrecking made Key West the richest city, per capita, in the U.S. But by the 1930's, the island city was bankrupt. Eventually, the building was boarded up and completely abandoned. Now, after a nine-year, $9 million restoration project, the Key West Art & Historical Society has returned the big red brick building to its former glory.

Mallory square

The center of Key West's historic waterfront, Mallory Square stages the famous Key West Sunset Celebration. Historic Mallory Square and the city of Key West both had their beginning along this deep harbor waterfront - the wrecking schooners, the frigates and warships of the U.S. Navy, the Cuban cigar makers' tobacco warehouses, ship's chandlers, and government offices combined to make Key West a bustling seaport out on the frontier of a young America.

ernest hemingway home and museum

Nestled in the heart of Old Town Key West, this unique property was home to one of America's most honored and respected authors. Ernest Hemingway lived and wrote here for more than ten years. Calling Key West home, he found solace and great physical beauty in the turquoise waters that surround this tiny island.

truman little white house museum

History has left its mark on the Truman Little White House since 1890 when it initially served as the command headquarters of the naval station during the Spanish-American War, World War I, and World War II. In 1946, the historic building first served as the winter White House of President Harry S. Truman and a site for the Cold War response by later presidents. Today, the Truman Little White House is a public, living museum as well as a retreat and place of government business by our nation's leaders.

key west butterfly & Nature conservatory

Take a stroll through a tropical paradise...walk through an exotic and inviting environment filled with hundreds of the most beautiful winged creatures in nature - butterflies.

Fort zachary taylor state park

Florida's southernmost state park is popular for recreation, as well as U.S. military history. The fort was one of a series built in the mid-1800's to defend the nation's southeastern coastline. Completed in 1866, Fort Zachary Taylor played important roles in the Civil War and Spanish-American War. A beautiful beach at the southern end of the park provides opportunities for picnicking, swimming, snorkeling, and fishing. Visitors can also enjoy a short nature trail and bicycling within the park.

smathers beach

A pretty public beach with several vendors renting water sports gear and beach chairs.

duval street

Key West's main entertainment thoroughfare. Popular busy street offers plenty of shops, restaurants, bars, and more.

sunset key beach

The beach at Sunset Key is exclusively available for our guests. The cost is $20 per person per day. The number of passes is limited and are sold on a first come, first served basis. Advance reservations are not available. Boat passes are required and may be obtained through our Concierge desk. The Concierge also has a list of nearby beaches if Sunset Key is full.

key west golf club

At the entrance to the island of Key West, the unique Key West Golf Club's 18 holes encompass over 200 acres of beautiful Florida Keys foliage and wildlife. Golf legend Rees Jones masterfully designed the Key West Golf Course, an 18-hole, 6,500-yard course to be a challenge to players of all abilities.

Fury water adventures

One of Key West's most popular attractions is the crystal blue waters surrounding our island paraside. For almost three decades, visitors and locals alike have been choosing Fury Water Adventures as their #1 excursion in and on the waters of Key West. Choose from a variety of water sports - Reef Snorkeing or Sunset Cruises, sails aboard the Fury Catamaran, thrills in the air with Fury Parasailing, or Reef Eco-Tours aboard the Fury Glass Bottom Boat - all departing from the Marina.

Danger charters

When you sail with Danger Charters, you sail to another world and time; to a place where the wildlife is still "wild," and your interaction with nature is intimate and authentic. You feel as if you've stepped back in time, back to the days when the Florida Keys backcountry was home to traditional, shallow-drift sailing craft, captained by local water men that had grown up sailing and navigating the notorious shallows and challenging narrow channels of the Florida Keys. Danger Charters departs from our Marina.

Key west extreme adventures

Enjoy a shark and wildlife eco-tour in Key West aboard the custom-built eco-adventure vessel "Tiger Cat." You'll cruise to the pristine backcountry waters of Key West for three and a half hours of shark and wildlife viewing. A scent is deployed to attract these apex predators right next to the boat. In these calm waters you will see a variety of wildlife, turtles, stingrays, birds, and dolphins.

ghost tours of key west

Take a lantern-led evening stroll down historic Old Town's shadowy lanes and discover the ghosts, ghouls, and legends of our haunted island paradise.

Old town trolley tours of key west

For over 30 years, Old Town Trolley Tours has been providing sightseeing tours highlighting the best of Key West. Hop aboard one of our trolleys and you'll experience Transportainment, a delightful combination of transporation and entertainment.

waterfront playhouse

The Waterfront Playhouse has been entertaining Key West audiences for over 70 years. Located in the heart of Key West's historic Mallory Square, this not-for-profit, professional theater attracts locals and tourist with a wide range of theatrical fare. The Playhouse is an intimate 150-seat theater located steps from Key West's nightly Sunset Celebration.

red barn theatre

Enjoy regional premieres of plays and musicals in this former carriage house, circa 1829, located on Duval Street.

The fringe theater

The Fringe Theater offers professional theater for the community of Key West designed to enrich the culture of the island.