Things to Do in Key West, Florida

Top Attractions and Activities in Key West

There's a reason why Key West is the most popular destination in all of the Florida Keys. Besides being only three short hours from Miami and offering gorgeous tropical scenery, there are also plenty of things to do in Key West. This destination is just as perfect for travelers who are seeking water sports as those who are looking for nightlife and dining. Whether you're traveling as a family, couple, or group of friends you will find plenty to keep you busy during a trip to Key West.

key west things to doSurf and Sun

Some of the best Key West things to do involve surf and sun. The Florida Keys aren't known for their wide beaches, so activities involving boats take the place of sunbathing in the sand. Here you can head out on a deep sea fishing excursion, give the kids a thrill with a tubing adventure, or simply plan a sunset sail with a picnic. The most popular Key West beach is Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park .

Options for activities on the water are just about endless. People with a need for speed will want to check out jet ski rides or parasailing while those looking for something a little more relaxing might seek out a snorkel tour or a smooth seaplane tour. Key West is known for its views, so no matter what you do, be sure to soak in the scenery all around you.

Enjoy some animal encounters while out in the water at the Dry Tortugas National Park , which features endangered birds and loggerhead turtles, and is great for snorkeling!

Fun for Families

While Key West might have a reputation as a nightlife spot, there are also plenty of things to do in Key West for families. Kids will love the chance to surround themselves with hundreds of butterflies at the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory , watch a live pirate show at the Shipwreck Historiem , go for a swim with dolphins, snorkel in the calm waters of Fort Jefferson , get lost in museums like the Harry S Truamn Little White House , and visit with marine life at the Key West Aquarium . From ghost tours in Key West to planning a barbecue in your Key West vacation rental, there are many ways to keep kids entertained in Key West.

key west for couplesFun for Couples

Couples will discover that there are many sophisticated things to do in Key West. From checking out the former home of Ernest Hemingway to indulging in the local dining and nightlife scene, there is an attraction in Key West to satisfy every kind of couple. If you're looking to sample the famous seafood of Key West, be sure to check out Louie's Backyard or Salute Key West .

Some couples might be planning a trip to Key West to blow off a little steam. This island is known for its tropical cocktails and all night dancing. If this is the side of Key West you want to get involved in, be sure to check out Sloppy Joe's Bar or the Hog's Breath Saloon on popular Duval Street .

Other great ideas: catch a sunset at Mallory Square,

More Things to Do

Many travelers are surprised by the cultural side of Key West. Beyond water sports and nightlife, Key West is also home to art galleries, antique shops, and public parks. A night can as easily be spent at the theater as out on a sunset cruise. If you want to stay active on your trip, try kayaking or bicycling. For an activity you won't forget, sign up for one of the local dolphin encounters.

For people of all ages and interests, Key West offers a long list of things to do.
 

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