Harry S. Truman Little White House
- Type: Museums, Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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The Little White House was originally built in 1890 as naval command headquarters during the Spanish-American War, World War I and World War II. In 1946, President Harry Truman used this house as his winter vacation home and because he spent so many working vacations here, it became known as the Little White House. The name is fitting: Since Truman's days, many other presidents have also vacationed here, including Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton. Today, the Little White House has been restored and turned into a museum. Exhibits document Key West's role in naval conflicts, as well as the house's history — the Marshall Plan and Truman Doctrine were both discussed here.
Recent travelers highly recommend a visit to the Little White House, especially for self-idenitified history buffs. "This house gives you a great sense of what it was like when Truman visited. He loved Key West and the house reflects that," one TripAdvisor reviewer said.
Guided house tours are included in the admission price, which costs $16.13 for adults and $5.38 for kids. Children under 5 get in for free. Tours, which are around 45 to 55 minutes long, are offered about every 20 minutes from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. daily. You can save a little more than a $1 on each admission by purchasing your tickets on the venue's website. The house is located on the western coast of Key West, just south of Mallory Square and about half a mile north of Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park. If you're arriving by car, you can pay to park at the nearby Westin Key West Resort & Marina or for free one block east on Whitehead Street.
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The Westin Key West Resort & Marina<0.5 miles away