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Best Things To Do in Key West

Like other vacation locales in Florida, Key West offers plenty of ways to enjoy its coastal seat, including sailing, snorkeling and kayaking tours and several clean beaches. But beyond its outdoor pursuits, Key West also lays claim to some interesting artifcats. Once the choice vacation getaway for Ernest Hemingway, Tennesse Williams and President Harry S. Truman, the island is home to more than a few historical treasures. Museums are scattered throughout, but the most activity is concentrated on the island's western half. Duval Street is a particularly lively area for souvenir shoppers, budget dining and nightlife.

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#1
Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park
Beaches, Parks and Gardens, Recreation | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: For the cleanest beach and best waters in Key West, you should head for the westernmost point of the island ... read more»

#2
Boat Tours
Recreation, Sightseeing, Tours | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: When you're not admiring the waters that surround Key West from the beach, enjoy them from the deck of ... read more»

#3
Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory
Sightseeing, Zoos and Aquariums | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: If you love butterflies, this is the spot for you. The Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory is filled with about ... read more»

#4
Mallory Square Free attraction
Sightseeing, Neighborhood/Area | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: For a great view of the Key West sunset, head to Mallory Square at the northwest tip of the island ... read more»

#5
Harry S. Truman Little White House
Museums, Sightseeing | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: The Little White House was originally built in 1890 as naval command headquarters during the Spanish-American War, World War I ... read more»

#6
Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: Literary icon and journalist Ernest Hemingway is one of Key West's best-known and well-loved "freshwater Conchs" (a resident who ... read more»

#7
Key West Cemetery Free attraction
Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: Located in Old Town, the Key West Cemetery has been around since 1847 and is well worth at least a ... read more»

#8
Audubon House & Tropical Gardens
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: Whether you're interested in colonial furniture, period architecture, tropical greenery or naturalist John James Audubon, you'll find a ... read more»

#9
Smathers Beach Free attraction
Beaches, Recreation | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: Key West isn't known for its beaches. However, the most bustling one on this island is Smathers Beach, which ... read more»

#10
Southernmost Point Free attraction
Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: One of the most popular things to do in Key West is to snap a photo with the colorful buoy ... read more»

#11
Key West Lighthouse & Keeper's Quarters Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.0

Why go: If you can fend off the claustrophobia and don't mind heights, the climb up the tiny and constricting 88 ... read more»

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