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Things To Do In Key West On Vacation

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Reasons To Visit 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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Yankee Freedom III

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Experience a journey like no other aboard the Yankee Freedom III. Take your comfortable seat and enjoy the relaxing ride to the Dry Tortugas National Park Fort Jefferson, just 70 miles west of Key West. The Yankee Freedom III is recognized for its speed and luxurious accommodations and for transporting thousands of visitors annually to the beautiful collection of islands called the Dry Tortugas.

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Ernest Hemingway House

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This lovely Key West home is where legendary author Ernest Hemingway lived and worked for more than ten years. The home and gardens are visited by thousands of people each year, offering a glimpse into Hemingway’s life and a chance to meet some of the descendants of his beloved six-toed cat, Snowball.

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Southernmost Point

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Key West is famous for being the southernmost city in the continental United States. When you visit, it’s essential that you make it to the southernmost point on the island, found at the intersection of Whitehead Street and South Street. Here, you’ll see the landmark Southernmost Buoy (a required photo opp) and a whole host of other “southernmost” attractions that make for a fun Key West afternoon.

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Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory

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Located at the southernmost end of Duval Street, the Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory is one of the island’s most popular family-friendly attractions. It’s home to more than 60 species of butterflies and 20 species of exotic birds. A visit to the Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory is divided between the climate-controlled conservatory where the butterflies flutter freely, the learning center, an art gallery and a gift shop.

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Key West Glass Bottom Boat

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Embark on an adventure to the world-famous reefs off the coast of Key West. Aboard the Pride of Key West — the magnificent Key West Fury catamaran with a glass bottom, you’ll enjoy the fresh sea air as you voyage above the lively marine world underneath. Once you arrive above the reefs, be ready to catch your breath as vibrant sea life abounds right beneath your eyes.

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Casa Marina Resort & Beach House

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The Casa Marina Resort and Beach House is an icon in Key West. It was built by Henry Flagler for his passengers on the overseas rail road in 1920 and exudes splendid Mediterranean charm. Sophistication and luxury mesh beautifully with this ideal Key West locale offering visitors a heavenly retreat in the midst of historic sites, natural beauty and enticing attractions. Ocean view rooms, an expansive private beach and a gorgeous swimming pool make it easy for guests to relax and appreciate every moment of their stay.

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Truman Little White House

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A place where an array of leaders, legendary inventors, dignitaries, visionaries and many prestigious visitors were drawn to throughout its history, Key West’s Harry S. Truman Little White House holds a special place in the history of America. Constructed in 1890 to serve as the naval station’s command headquarters during the Spanish-American War, World War I and World War II, this historic site later became the second White House.

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Mallory Square

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Witness one of the world’s most majestic settings at Mallory Square. Here’s where everyone comes to see, eat, shop and linger. Buy a locally collected sea sponge and stop in at the famous Hog’s Breath Saloon. Mallory Square is where it’s all at and where it all comes together. It’s also where the evening transforms into the renowned sunset celebration and when street performers, colorful entertainers and mouth-watering foods emerge as the sun begins to descend. Browse through the unique shops, pick up a souvenir at Ron Jon Surf Shop and see the local attractions. Find out what all the excitement is about. A visit to Key West must include a stop at Mallory Square.

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