Can’t Miss Activities in Key West
Paradise all year-round, Key West is the ideal destination for fun filled activities and attractions. Bring the kids or gather up your gang of friends for an experience rich in history, adventure and out-of-the-ordinary activities.
If you’re visiting for the first time, you’ll definitely need to do the obligatory walk down Duval Street. And if you’ve been here before you know you’ll end up on Duval Street at some point during your visit, there’s so much going on all day and night. Stop in to the world famous restaurants and pubs like Sloppy Joe’s, Hogs Breath Saloon and Captain Tony’s. Browse through cool and unique shops, boutiques and grab a kitschy something from one of the numerous shells, souvenirs and t-shirt shops. Have a crab cake sandwich that will melt in your mouth at the Half Shell Raw Bar just off Duval on Margaret, truly the freshest seafood in Key West.
Take the Trolley Tour
See it all in comfort and be entertained along the way on the island’s most popular sightseeing tour. From the moment you board the Old Town Trolley to the moment you get off; you’ll be treated to hometown hospitality and a bunch of really amusing historic stories by the conductor. The tour will take you to the best of Key West, from Mallory Square and the Key West Lighthouse to the Harry S. Truman Little White, the Hemingway House and tons more. Get off in Bahama Village at stop 5 and have a shrimp melt at Blue Heaven. It’s succulent Key West pink shrimp sautéed and served on one of their fresh baked buns smothered in Vermont cheddar. Spend the day or however long you wish to get on and off the tour, there are trolleys coming and going all day so you can take your time seeing the sights.
Visit the Key West Firehouse Museum
Ok, so who doesn’t love a fire truck? At the Key West Firehouse Museum you will get to see an antique fire truck that was used by firefighters in the Keys in the early 1900’s. The museum is housed inside Key West Fire Station No. 3, that was built in 1907 and it showcases the history of firefighting in the Florida Keys. Kids get a fire hat of their own when they walk in the door and a chance to sound the siren and turn on the lights on the fire truck. You’ll see the original sleeping quarters of the firefighters, photos of many of the city’s past fire chiefs, the pole they slid down, an authentic 1900’s alarm system and ticker tape machine from the 1950’s, a horse stall from during the horse-drawn era and much more.
Celebrate the Sunset
A must do for everyone who visits Key West, the nightly sunset celebration, is pretty much a rite of passage. If you leave Key West without doing it once, something has gone terribly awry. Head to Mallory Square in the late afternoon so you can be there when all the action and excitement begins brewing. The street performers will be setting up, the homemade conch fritters will be sizzling and other vendors will be ready to welcome you with a frosty margarita or a cool mojito. You’ll enjoy wild spectacles like jugglers who balance themselves upon a high wire, sword swallowers, fire-eaters, comedians, musicians, unicyclists, trained stunt cats and dogs and much more. Of course, the grand finale is the world-famous Key West Sunset, a sight to behold as the sun dramatically descends into the water right before your eyes.
A city full of can’t miss fun!
Make it a trip to remember next time you’re in Key West by taking part in some of the city’s most exciting and unique activities.