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How to See Key West in 1 Day

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So, you’re heading to the southernmost city in the USA? Lucky you! There is so much to do and see in this island paradise, from intriguing attractions and historical sights to water sports, entertainment and world-famous points of interest. If you want to see the best of Key West in one day, hop aboard Old Town Trolley.

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key-west-shipwreck-treasures-museumStop 1 – Mallory Square

The first stop on the tour is right in Mallory Square and home to many museums you should check out. Give yourself at least two hours to explore the Key West Aquarium two popular Key West museums: Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum and Harry S. Truman Little White House. You’ll be treated to tons of Key West history and discover fascinating facts about the city and the colorful characters that helped make it so unique.

key-west-mel-fisher-museumStop 3 – Mel Fisher’s Maritime Heritage Museum

Take a quick stroll through Mel Fisher’s Maritime Heritage Museum. You’ll learn all about his 17-year expedition and amazing discovery of the shipwrecked Spanish Galleon. Then, if you’re hungry, grab a bite at one of the many nearby restaurants. Stop by some of Key West’s most famous watering holes, including Hog’s Breath Saloon, Green Parrot Bar, and Sloppy Joe’s.

Key West Hemingway HouseStop 5 – Ernest Hemingway

Visit the Ernest Hemingway House Museum where you’ll learn all about the famed author, see where he lived and meet some of his beloved six-toed cats. Also at this stop, check out the Lighthouse Museum and climb to the top for magnificent views of the ocean.

mallory-square-sunset-celebrationStop 11 – Butterfly and Nature Conservatory

The Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory is really unique. Take a tour inside to witness these graceful creatures in their natural habitat. After, take a walk down Duval Street towards Mallory Square. It is a scenic stroll with lots of shops, restaurants and art galleries to view along the way. You should arrive in time to see the street vendors setting up for the nightly Sunset Celebration. It’s a perfect way to end your day in Key West or catch the cruise ship in port. Sample some homemade conch fritters, order an ice-cold mojito at the bar just outside Cayo Hueso and then head out to the edge of the seawall to witness the spectacle of the famous Key West sunset.

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