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Top 5 Things To See & Do In Key West

Vacationer Staff
Written by Vacationer Staff

The southernmost point in the US, Key West is famous for watersports, lively nightlife, beaches and historic sites.

Here are our Top 5 things to see and do in Key West:

1. Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum

Ernest Hemingway lived and wrote here for ten years. During that time he wrote seventy percent of his life-time works. Today it operates as a museum providing guided tours every fifteen minutes from nine to five. Visit this National Historic Landmark, Literary Landmark and recognized by the Library of Congress for it’s importance in U.S. History.

2. Key West Harbour

Like a treasure in paradise, Key West Harbour is perfectly situated off the pristine shoreline of the Atlantic Ocean and the crystal clear waters of Boca Chica Inlet. The location is perfect for boating, scuba diving, ecotours and some of the best sport fishing in the Florida Keys.

3. Old Town Trolley Tours

Don’t just visit Key West, re-live it. Sit back while expert tour guides turn back the pages of history to the days of pirates, wreckers and the Civil War. Local guides combine colorful anecdotes, humorous stories and well-researched historical information into a fast moving 90-minute narrative that’s entertaining and educational.

4. Key West Shipwreck Treasures Museum

Step back to the Key West of 1856 and discover the treacherous world of shipwrecking and how it made Key West the richest city in the United States. Live actors, artifacts, laser technology and a 60-foot lookout tower make the experience one-of-a-kind.

5. Key West Botanical Gardens

The Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden is the only frost-free botanical garden in the continental United States, a tropical environment with ample rain that allows most trees to retain their leaves in the dry season (December through late May). It is home to many endangered and threatened flora and fauna. Unlike traditional botanical gardens, this garden advocates the education and protection of native plants and species in a natural conservation habitat.


Come and check out these things to do as part of Key West Bear Weekend, October 19th – 23rd.

Key West is about to get beary this October when Shane Tate and Bear World Magazine join forces to hold the first Key West Bear Weekend, powered by Scruff.

Check out for the full schedule, tickets and hotel information.

The host hotel for the Weekend is the Island House. Island House is an award-winning gay resort in Old Town Key West, set in a completely secure private compound where the choice to wear something, or nothing at all, is yours. The large heated pool and jacuzzis are open 24 hours a day and their Health Club which includes a gym and Spa area with sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi is the most complete in Key West.

Island House is the host hotel for the weekend with many events happening here so even if you are not staying there, you can still come along to enjoy the events.

Click here to make a reservation.


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Vacationer Magazine writing staff work hard to bring you all the latest LGBTQ travel articles to help inspire and inform.

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