Key West

Key West Florida Vacation Rentals and Key West Places to Stay

Key West was isolated until Henry Flagler connected his East Coast Railway in the early 1900′s. Key West has mild, tropical-marine climate and claims its the only city in the continental USA to never had frost. It is the southernmost point in the continental USA.

Known for its bird, plants, marine, pirates, and sunken gold.

Several U.S. presidents vacationed Key West, Harry Truman, after Franklin D. Roosevelt visited in 1939 There was a buildup of military bases on Key West. John F. Kennedy visited shortly after the Cuban Missile Crisis. After office Jimmy Carter held a family reunion.

A big attraction is the concrete replica of a buoy that claims to be the southernmost point in the continental United States. Brightly painted and labeled “SOUTHERNMOST POINT CONTINENTAL U.S.A.”.
Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park also

Many tourists use scooters, bicycles, and golf carts to get around the island. There are plenty things to do and see. There are many museums, site seeing, tours, hiking, and of course snorkeling and diving.

Fishing there are many private and group fishing charters, guides, and fishing information.

Places to visit, site seeing in Key West

  • Dry Tortugas National Park And Fort Jefferson – Seven tiny islands, coral reefs, white sandy beaches. The islands are Known for its bird and marine life, pirates and sunken gold.
  • McCoy Indigenous Park – Rescues many animals, native trees, plants, butterflies, and birds. Southernmost point in the continental USA.
  • Florida Keys ECO-Discovery Center – 6,000 square foot Center, with exhibits, world’s only underwater ocean laboratory. Marine art work with colorful coral reef and mangrove shoreline.
  • Audubon House & Tropical Gardens – A wonderful nature setting with educational tours for families of all ages.
  • Key West Nature Preserve – Undeveloped ocean-front property and turned it into a natural area. Wooden walkways, trails, mangrove forests, beach. Enjoy the butterflies, lizards and birds.
  • Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Society- Educational program, conservation laboratory, Historical exhibits.
  • Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory – Tropical paradise with hundreds of the most beautiful butterflies.
  • Key West Botanical Forest and Garden – Tropical forest and garden filled with butterflies, birds and beautiful flowers.

Places of interest

  • Mary O’Shea’s Glass Garden – Hand made fused glass, beautiful glass sculptures, a must see.
  • Key West Lighthouse – Located at the south tip, great for families.
  • Ghosts and Legends of Key West – Ghost stories and legends tour.
  • Sebago Watersports – Waterfront Area, reef snorkeling, sunset sails, parasailing.
  • Conch Tour Train - Popular attractions, rides by Hemingway House, Mallory Square, and the Seaport.
    Sunset Celebration – Mallory Square, every evening with vendors, performers, food, all with some of the most beautiful sunsets.
  • Studios of Key West – working studio spaces exhibition hall, sculpture garden, creative workshops, free humanities lectures.
  • Snorkeling in Key West – Clear waters make for great for snorkeling and swimming.
  • Trails of Margaritaville in Key West – Tour bars as well as the history of them. Jimmy Buffet facts and trivia ninety-minute tour that will fascinate you with stories about the legendary Jimmy Buffet and tell you about the stories behind the songs.
  • Astro City Atlantic Blvd – Popular place for families.

Museums

  • Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum – Lush gardens, tour guides, sixty cats, Nobel Prize winner’s writing career.
  • Shipwreck Museum – Allerton sank in 1856, Observation tower, many artifacts.
  • Heritage House Museum & Robert Frost Cottage – Visit the Caribbean Colonial house Built in the 1830s with Original furnishings and unusual artifacts. Tours available.
  • Nancy Forrester’s Garden – Picturesque gardens, flowers, plants, palms, all in their natural settings. Art gallery, tours.
  • Pat Croce’s Pirate Soul Museum – Real pirate experiences and pirate artifacts.
  • Curry Mansion Museum – 25 room Victorian museum. William Curry who was penniless was the island’s first millionaire. 25-room Victorian home named after its owner William Curry.

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