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Reasons To Visit Key West

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Thinking about visiting Key West?

The Southernmost City in the USA, Key West is an oasis surrounded by gorgeous crystal waters. It’s here that you’re invited to come as you are, kick back and let go of all the stresses of hectic day-to-day life. Learn some of the top reasons to visit Key West.

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fury-water-adventures-snorkelWater, water, water!

Jump, dive, swim and splash! In Key West, there’s no limit to the amount of activities and fun you can have in, on and even above the water. If you’ve been dreaming of a day out at sea, check out the exhilarating excursions offered by Fury Water Adventures, including snorkeling the reef, dolphin watch trips, jet ski tours, parasailing and glass bottom boat trips. You can also rent your own boat for the day! With the island’s largest boat fleet, Fury has been treating guests to unforgettable experiences in Key West for decades.


Key West is known for its fascinating history and places of historical significance. To see all the best of the city, get your seat on the Old Town Trolley Tour. This fully narrated tour takes you past more than 100 points of interest and gives you the chance to relax and enjoy them all. You can get off the trolley at any one of the 13 stops and spend as much time as you’d like at any of the sights along the way, then catch the next trolley that comes along. See Ernest Hemingway’s house and museum, the Key West Aquarium, the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum, the Key West Nature and Butterfly Conservatory, the Harry S. Truman Little White House Museum and much more.

Grab a bite at one of the many restaurants along Duval Street and do some shopping. The Old Town Trolley Tour is the most comprehensive sightseeing tour in Key West, and you can ride the trolley a second consecutive day for only $10.

Key West Sails to Rails Museum frontSails to Rails Museum

Embark on a journey through Key West’s maritime past at the captivating Sails to Rails Museum. Discover the remarkable transition from sailboats to steamships and railways that shaped the island’s history. Explore meticulously preserved artifacts and interactive exhibits, including the opportunity to lift a real silver bar and delve into maritime tales. Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of Key West’s rich heritage with a Fort Jefferson diorama, offering a glimpse into the island’s strategic importance.


A tropical island paradise, Key West boasts some of the most beautiful weather you could ever wish for. It’s this fact that makes any time of the year a good time to go and soak it all in. With sunshine and balmy ocean breezes, tranquil waters and warm and friendly locals, you can’t help but relax in Key West. The best times of the year to visit are spring and summer when the water is at its warmest and the daylight seems to go on forever.

mallory-square-sunset-celebrationThe Sunset

Everyone’s heard about it, most have seen pictures of it, but if you’ve never experienced a Key West sunset, it’s something you simply must do. Each night, hundreds of folks, locals and visitors alike, gather in Mallory Square to witness the spectacular sunset. A fiery light show, the brilliant hues of orange, red, pink and yellow will take your breath away and so will the nightly sunset celebration! The celebration includes all sorts of street performers, food and drink vendors, music and much more. There are magicians, tightrope walkers, sword swallowers, the famous cat man, artists, comedians and the list goes on.

Be sure to walk to the end of Mallory Square and get yourself a homemade conch fritter, just one of the delicious specialties you must indulge in while on the island.

green-parrot-live-musicMile 0 Fest

Mile 0 Fest is a new music festival that takes place during winter at the Truman Waterfront Park Amphitheater. If you’re traveling to Key West in February or are considering a winter escape south, this is a “must-see” event, especially for fans of the Red Dirt & Americana scene. The main stages of the festival are located right off of Duval, but throughout the weekend you can catch sporadic acoustic sets at multiple theaters and bars.


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