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Few cities in America offer such a charming and rich historical travel experience than that of Key West. With today’s new normal, it’s important to find social distancing approved activities around the breathtaking city, worth exploring. Luckily, Key West has plenty of fun social distancing approved options available to enjoy. Whether it be visiting a historical landmark or strolling a lush garden, there’s a ton of social distancing approved activities worth discovering. Here are just a few of the exciting options around Key West that are open right now and practicing proper social distancing protocols.
Top 10 Activities & Attractions
Open in Key West right now, the friendly and knowledgeable conductors on America’s favorite Trolley Tour will take you on a fully narrated journey filled with humor and history as you explore all the major sights of the Conch Republic while being socially distant. This entertaining spin through the heart of sunny and scenic Key West includes highlights like the historic waterfront, Simonton & Greene Streets in the city’s Old Town, Bahama Village, and the East Martello Fort to name just a few.
When it comes to one of the most scenic and photographed spots on the island, this one ranks high on just about any list. Standing as big as day on the corner of Whitehead & South Streets, is a decoratively painted, hulking mass of stone known as the Southernmost Point marker. Fashioned to look like a buoy, this is where the crowd waits their turn to take a pic of this landmark and the turquoise sea that stretches for 90 miles to Cuba behind it. A lot happened around this seawall back in the day from vendors hawking seafood to a Bahamian guy known as the Bishop who once entertained passers-by with his exceptional ‘conch-playing.’ He is remembered fondly with a bronze statue located here.
This nighttime event brings together people at Mallory Square, open now, and makes for a lively evening of community by the water. This Key West tradition of saluting the sun on its way beneath the horizon is a prime photo op to capture the brilliance of the island’s legendary sunsets. Golden strands streak through the sky interwoven amongst brilliant pink and purple hues that make for some breathtaking views!
This unusual and magical island oasis, located 70 miles west of Key West, is one of the most unique (and Insta-worthy) national parks in the United States. The centerpiece of the island is an old, decommissioned military fort from the Civil War-era that was once the largest of its kind in the United States Navy. This hexagonal fortress, made of over 16 million bricks, is a photographer’s dream offering an endless variety of ways to shoot it. The scenic views surrounding the fort are also excellent with its quiet, virtually undisturbed beaches, migrating birds and marine life. But, there’s only one way to get there. Book your trip to paradise on the Yankee Freedom III, open now, Key West’s only state-of-the-art, high-speed catamaran making daily trips to the Dry Tortugas.
Open right now, the interactive Key West Aquarium is a great place to experience the indigenous marine life that inhabits the offshore ecosystem. This window of discovery enables visitors to interact with rays, sharks and other sea creatures while expert guides explain the hidden mysteries of the undersea world surrounding the Florida Keys. You can hold a starfish, pet a shark and get up close to numerous other aquatic species like moray eels, barracuda and sea turtles. The welcoming Key West Aquarium is a popular attraction where nature and animal lovers of all ages can learn about the marine inhabitants and their biodiverse habitats.
Well before the internet, people would share their travels with others through postcards. German-born printer Curt Teich designed the classic “Greetings from..” style of postcard that is instantly recognizable to all generations. Located at 284 Margaret Street next to the Sails to Rails Museum is a mural done in the same vintage style. This is a great photo spot that lets everyone know exactly where you’ve been!
Old Town Key West’s main thoroughfare was named after Florida’s first territorial governor, William Pope Duval. If Old Bill were alive today, he would be very pleased with the notoriety the street of his namesake has earned. For a night out on the town and a whole other kind of scenic view, Duval Street is the place to be and is open right in Key west! There’s a lot to see on this historically designated 1.25-mile stretch like beautiful Bahamian and Spanish influenced Victorian mansions, groovy bungalows, and the always captivating sidewalk people traffic.
The northbound corridor of United States US Route 1 stretches and winds for almost 2,500 miles to the edge of the Canadian border. And its origins are located right here in Key West. The iconic green and white ‘Mile 0’ sign became so popular that an opportunistic t-shirt shop owner was able to trademark it after a lengthy and expensive court battle.
Open right now, visit Fury Water Adventure, where the sky is literally the limit! Strap in and take to the skies, high above the crystal waters of Key West, and get treated to scenic views. The trip includes a ride on a state-of-the art watercraft and even allows for parasailing of up to three people (weight restrictions apply.) For an added bonus, you can ask for an exhilarating dip in the ocean before rocketing back skyward to play amongst the clouds!
Hit this beach for a socially distant Key West day at the beach! The picturesque scenes here make it popular among destination wedding planners and locals love it too. The white sand and wooden pier make ideal photo spots (and the sunbathing isn’t too shabby, either!) The beach also offers umbrella rentals for those who prefer to doze in the shade as well as tennis courts, a restaurant, volleyball courts and more!
With every passing day, more attractions and activities around the country are incorporating social distancing practices. The list above was just a sampling of all the fun you can still enjoy around the beautiful city of Key West, while still adhering to all social distancing protocols. With social distancing procedures being implemented throughout all businesses, pretty soon it will be nearly impossible to find a location that is not considered social distancing approved.