Take a walk through enchanting old Key West, jet-ski around mangrove keys, inhale a Key West sunset, savour fine dining alfresco, join the vibrant night-life of Duval Street - choices are limitless.
Check out the list below for some of the most popular things to do in Key West.
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Garden House is only three blocks from the ferry terminal and one block away from the infamous Duval Street, which seldom sleeps! We are close to all of the Key West attractions, so close you won't have to worry about driving and can enjoy a relaxing walk back from nearly anywhere you want to go. Key West's Historic Seaport is less than two blocks away and is loaded with waterfront dining, shopping and boat rentals and only a block from Caroline St and waterfront markets.
Beautiful historic estate homes and mansions line Caroline Street. Exploring them is a great way to spend a few hours of your Key West Vacation.
Make sure to reserve an evening to experience the Key West Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square. Once a bustling seaport, Mallory Square now is the location of a nightly gathering to honor the sun as it dips into the Gulf of Mexico, where artists, street performers, psychics and food vendors display their skills to tourists and locals alike.
For those of our guests that are looking to have a few drinks and take in the scene at the local watering holes, we are two blocks away from the classic Key West hot spots like Schooner's Wharf, Sloppy Joe's, Hog's Breath Saloon, Captain Tony's and dozens of others, all filled with your new best friends! In fact, Garden House is within walking distance to over 30 bars and restaurants!
Electric Car Rental
Rent one of those super cute tiny electric vehicles and make your sightseeing in Key West oh so easy. The rental rates only get more affordable the longer you keep the vehicle. They have cars that hold up to six people and they are car seat compatible for families. Check out Tropical Rentals website:http://personal.atl.bellsouth.net/t/r/troprent/prod03.htm
The Old Town Historical Area is often congested and consists of narrow and meandering streets. There are many tiny pathways and by-ways that are great for exploring and should not be missed. The best way to do this is on a bicycle, scooter or moped. Moped Hospital is the oldest rental company on the island and has some of the lowest rates. Check out the Moped Hospital website: http://www.mopedhospital.com/
Jet Ski Around the Island
The Ski Key West Company leads a 28 mile guided tour around the island. They have great jet skis and have been in business on the island for over 20 years. They also rent by the hour and half hour. Some of the interesting places on the tour include a Submarine Pit build by the US Navy, Natural Sand Bars, tiny secluded islands, shipwreck sights and more. Check out Ski Key West's website: http://www.skikeywest.com/
Conch Tour Train
One of the most popular Key West attractions, this little locomotive has been entertaining visitors since 1958. The train can give you a great overview of some of the other attractions on the island you might want to check out. It has carried over 15 million visitors, including Ernest Hemmingway. Visit the website: http://www.conchtourtrain.com/
Scuba and Snorkel
Captain's Corner is the longest running dive and snorkel center and the home of the Atocha divers. Located in Old Town, Captain's is a PADI five star facility. Their boat, the Sea Eagle, is a 60-foot aluminum dive vessel with two dive ladders and state of the art electronics. The Sea Eagle was featured in the James Bond film, "License to Kill". Check out the Captain's Website: http://www.captainscorner.com/
Audubon House and Tropical Gardens
The house is an exploration into local history and folklore. The property has over an acre of tropical garden, as well as a gallery of fine art and gift store. Take a docent-lead tour of the grounds and historical house, or an art class in the garden. The space is also available for weddings and events. Check out the website: http://www.audubonhouse.com/
Wild Dolphin Adventure
A wild dolphin watching ecology tour and snorkeling trip to Key West's beautiful shallow water back country and coral reefs. Watch Key West's resident pod of wild Atlantic Bottle-Nosed Dolphins in their natural habitat. Check out the website: http://www.wilddolphinadventures.com/
Earnest Hemmingway House and Museum
Located at 907 Whitehead St. in Old Town, this property was the home to America's honored and respected author Ernest Hemmingway for over 10 years. View the places in which some of America's most important literature was conceived. Guided tours are available. Check out the website: http://www.hemingwayhome.com/HTML/main_menu.html
Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park
Fort Zachary Taylor Park boasts the best beach in Key West. There are picnic tables, grills and nature trails. One can snorkel off this beach and see tropical fish and live coral. The Visitor Services Provider offers snorkel and kayak equipment for rental. The Fort played important roles in the Civil War and Spanish-American War. Check out the website: http://www.floridastateparks.org/forttaylor/default.cfm
Double Decker Private Sailing
Enjoy a day in the water, sailing, snorkeling and watching the infamous Key West Sunset. Tour the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, where you might see dolphins playing or loggerhead turtles drifting through crystal clear water. Or try a romantic Key West dinner sail. Check out the website: http://www.saildoubledecker.com/
Key West Winery
The Key West Winery makes non-traditional wines from berries, citrus and other tropical fruits. Some flavors include: Peach, Blueberry, Cranberry and Blackberry; Carrot, Watermelon, Mango, Pineapple and Passion Fruit. Check out their website: http://www.thekeywestwinery.com/
Key West Aquarium
Perhaps one of the most unique aquariums in the world, the Key West Aquarium has been in business since 1934. Built during the depression by the WPA, it is now double the original size. Daily tours and shark feedings. Check out the website: http://www.keywestaquarium.com/
Ride A Glass Bottom Boat
See colorful coral, exotic tropical fish and hundreds of varieties of marine wildlife. The whole family can enjoy this outing and the boat is handicap accessible. There are three trips a day, including a champagne sunset cruise. Email them: firstname.lastname@example.org
Montage is a fun shop full of collectable signs. They will custom make a sign for you, and also have a seemingly endless assortment of signs about everything from Cuba to drinking to cigars to animals and so on. Check out the website: http://montagekeywest.com/
Mel Fisher's Maritime Museum
In 1985, after years of struggle, Mel Fisher and is family recovered over $450 million in Spanish treasure. Yep, it really happens. And you thought there weren't any more pirates! The treasure is being recovered from the Spanish Galleons of the Atocha and the Margarita, sunken in 1622. Many of the artifacts are on display at his museum. Check out his website: http://www.melfisher.com/default.asp
Key "West" Lime Pie
The official dessert of Florida! Kermits Key West Key Lime Shoppe, located at the corner of Elizabeth and Greene in Old Town, has the "Best Tasting Key Lime Pie", according to Food Network's Keith Famie. The Blonde Giraffe also has award-winning pie, and you can visit the factory at 107 Simonton St. to see the pies being made. Check out their websites:
Parasailing is a really fun way to get a bird's eye view of the island. Sunset Watersports offers a very affordable trip with insured professionals and licensed captains. They offer souvenir tee shirts and photos. They have two different locations with departures every hour. Check out the website: http://www.sunsetwatersports.info/Parasail.html
Go Fast Boat Ride
White Knuckle Thrill Boat Ride is a high-octane marine experience. Leaving from the Cow Key Channel, the trip is spent zipping along the gulf while performing tricks and twists in the speedboat. They will take your photo at some very opportune moments, to catch you in the middle of your adrenaline rush. Check out the website: http://www.whiteknucklethrillboatride.com/index.html
Ultralight Flight Over Key West
This little flying device takes off from the water and is much like a hang glider with a tiny motor. E.P. Dalton, the pilot, is an aerobatic air-show pilot with over 6,000 hours of flying experience. Highside Ultralights is also a Quicksilver Ultralight Dealer. Check out the website: http://www.knotink.com/UltraLights/ultralight.html
Skydive Sebastian is on the Florida Treasure Coast. The location allows for views of the Sebastian Inlet and Atlantic Ocean. They have a seven-acre facility, which includes the main hanger, a team building with showers and restaurant and the Tiki Hut, for post-jump happy hour. They accommodate all levels of jumpers. Check out the website: http://www.skydiveseb.com/index.html
The Original Key West Ghost Tours
Since 1996, the lantern-led walking tour through Key West's Old Town is a great nighttime family attraction. Founded by David L. Sloan, author of Ghosts of Key West, the tour meanders through the lanes and alleys of Old Town Key West, sharing with visitors the legends of the ghosts and ghouls on this tiny island. Check the website: http://www.hauntedtours.com/home-gt.html
The Key West Shipwreck Historeum museum combines actors, films and the actual artifacts from the wrecked vessel Issac Allerton, which sank in 1856 on the reef around the Florida Keys. Join master wrecker Asa Tift and learn about the unique life of the pioneers in Key West. Check out the website: http://www.shipwreckhistoreum.com/
Ride in an original 1941 WACO UPF-7 with Island Aeroplane Tours for a variety of tour choices: 8-minute quickie around the island, a shipwreck tour, coral reef tour, sunset tour and more. Owner and operator Joshua Pavia has been a pilot since he was 16. Check out the website: http://www.keywestairtours.com/index.html
Wreckless Abandon Charters can bring you out for a full day of fishing or divide the day between some of your other favorite activities like snorkeling, sunbathing, or sightseeing. They can also bring you out at sunset, when you can see the Sunset celebration at Mallory Square from a different perspective! Check out the website: http://www.wrecklesscharters.com/
Kayak Mud Flats
Take a guided backcountry eco-tour into the mangroves on sea kayaks. Lazy Dog Island Outfitters and Outdoor Adventure Company also offer a tour on which you can take your dog. Snorkeling is often incorporated into the tours, and since the tours are held in the backcountry of the lower keys, they are seldom-dived areas. Check out the website: http://www.mosquitocoast.net/tour.htm
Seaplane Trip to Dry Tortugas
Take a ride in a beautiful new sea plane 70 miles south of Key West to the Dry Tortugas Islands and National Park, where one can snorkel and bird watch. The ride itself is also very entertaining, flying low over the water to spot sharks, sea turtles and shipwrecks. Check out the website: Seaplanes of Key West
Red Barn Theater
If you enjoy live theater, you may want to catch a show at the Red Barn Theater while on Key West. Performing dramas, comedies, musicals and cabaret, live theatre has always been a fun and important piece of American culture. Check out the website: http://www.redbarntheatre.com/
Key West Madhatter
This place has pretty much any and every kind of hat you could imagine! Men's hats women's hats and fun hats are available for all occasions. They also carry accessories and offer personal shopper services. Check out the website: http://kw-madhatter.com/