Key West Attractions

Key West has so many wonderful things to see and do. It offers museums and historic homes and nature attractions with sea life and butterflies. The clear blue sea surrounding it offers snorkeling, diving, sailing, parasailing and fishing. Key West is also known for its lively theater, music and arts scene, which have inspired such talents as Ernest Hemingway and Jimmy Buffet to call the island home.

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Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum
Discover the 1856 world of master wrecker Asa Tift and learn how he and other wreckers made Key West the richest city in the United States. Experience Key West from a bird’s eye view as you climb to the top of the 65-foot Shipwreck Museum lookout tower.
Discover the 1856 world of master wrecker Asa Tift and learn how he and other wreckers made Key West the richest city in the United States. Experience Key West from a bird’s eye view as you climb to the top of the 65-foot Shipwreck Museum lookout tower.
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Harry S Truman Little White House
If you’re wild about Harry, then you should add a visit to the Harry S Truman Little White House to your Key West vacation list. Built for the Key West Naval Station officers in 1890, this incredible building began serving as Harry Truman’s winter retreat while president. In addition to Truman, the house has hosted six presidents and a king and today, it is a museum of living history, events, a retreat, and Florida’s only presidential museum.
If you’re wild about Harry, then you should add a visit to the Harry S Truman Little White House to your Key West vacation list. Built for the Key West Naval Station officers in 1890, this incredible building began serving as Harry Truman’s winter retreat while president. In addition to Truman, the house has hosted six presidents and a king and today, it is a museum of living history, events, a retreat, and Florida’s only presidential museum.
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Custom House
The Custom House, a beautiful red brick architectural gem and award-winning museum is official headquarters of the Key West Art and Historical Society. Originally, this unique Richardsonian Romanesque structure was designed to function as Key West’s customs office, postal service, and district courts. Today the Custom House museum features many centuries worth of art, history, iconic figures, and features a wonderful and eclectic gift shop.
The Custom House, a beautiful red brick architectural gem and award-winning museum is official headquarters of the Key West Art and Historical Society. Originally, this unique Richardsonian Romanesque structure was designed to function as Key West’s customs office, postal service, and district courts. Today the Custom House museum features many centuries worth of art, history, iconic figures, and features a wonderful and eclectic gift shop.
Sails to Rails Museum
Sails to Rails Museum
As the island’s newest attraction, the Sails to Rails Museum at Flagler Station chronicles Key West’s epic story story to the present day. Learn of opportunistic pirates, shipwrecks and how it all lead to Key West’s first industry. Check out all the hands-on, interactive exhibits and even hold a salvaged bar of silver in your hands! There are worlds to be discovered here that will surely add a whole new perspective to your travels in the Conch Republic!
As the island’s newest attraction, the Sails to Rails Museum at Flagler Station chronicles Key West’s epic story story to the present day. Learn of opportunistic pirates, shipwrecks and how it all lead to Key West’s first industry. Check out all the hands-on, interactive exhibits and even hold a salvaged bar of silver in your hands! There are worlds to be discovered here that will surely add a whole new perspective to your travels in the Conch Republic!
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Curry Mansion
Home of Florida’s first millionaire, William Curry, the Curry Mansion is the grand dame of Key West historic homes. Started in 1869 and completed in 1899, the house reflects the lifestyle befitting the Curry family with priceless antiques, Tiffany glass sliding doors, and solid gold Tiffany flatware. As you wander through the home you can imagine life in 19th century Key West. In addition to a museum, today the home is also a luxury inn.
Home of Florida’s first millionaire, William Curry, the Curry Mansion is the grand dame of Key West historic homes. Started in 1869 and completed in 1899, the house reflects the lifestyle befitting the Curry family with priceless antiques, Tiffany glass sliding doors, and solid gold Tiffany flatware. As you wander through the home you can imagine life in 19th century Key West. In addition to a museum, today the home is also a luxury inn.
Mel Fisher’s Maritime Museum
Discover amazing artifacts from the 1622 treasure fleet recovered by Mel Fisher and his team of treasure salvors. Lean about Key West's unique role in the trans Atlantic slave trade and piracy. The museum also offers special Archaeology and Conservation Tours.
Discover amazing artifacts from the 1622 treasure fleet recovered by Mel Fisher and his team of treasure salvors. Lean about Key West's unique role in the trans Atlantic slave trade and piracy. The museum also offers special Archaeology and Conservation Tours.
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The Studios of Key West
The Studios of Key West, located just steps off Duval Street in the landmark Art Deco building, was founded with the vision of bringing world class artists to the island and promoting Keys artists. The Studios presents live music, new theater, writing and art classes, and showcases national, international and island artists in four galleries under one roof. The Studios aims to connect visitors and locals with the creative spirit of the island.
The Studios of Key West, located just steps off Duval Street in the landmark Art Deco building, was founded with the vision of bringing world class artists to the island and promoting Keys artists. The Studios presents live music, new theater, writing and art classes, and showcases national, international and island artists in four galleries under one roof. The Studios aims to connect visitors and locals with the creative spirit of the island.
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Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum
Home to Nobel Prize author Ernest Hemingway for nearly 10 years, this incredible property is full insight into the life of one of America’s most notable and revered authors. Today, guests can step back in time and visit the space where some of Hemingway’s most iconic literary works were formed and drafted. Guided tours through the lush grounds and historical halls will introduce guests to both Hemingway his life in Key West and the over 40 cats.
Home to Nobel Prize author Ernest Hemingway for nearly 10 years, this incredible property is full insight into the life of one of America’s most notable and revered authors. Today, guests can step back in time and visit the space where some of Hemingway’s most iconic literary works were formed and drafted. Guided tours through the lush grounds and historical halls will introduce guests to both Hemingway his life in Key West and the over 40 cats.
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Key West Lighthouse & Keepers Quarters
Opened in 1848, the Key West lighthouse is one of the few inland lighthouses in the world. Guests can walk up the 88 steps to the top of the lighthousefor a 360 degree view of Key West. In the Keepers Quarters hear about the lives of the families who lived there and maintained the lighthouse. Learn about brave men and women who kept the light burning even through the threats of war and the fatal dangers of nature’s most fearsome elements.
Opened in 1848, the Key West lighthouse is one of the few inland lighthouses in the world. Guests can walk up the 88 steps to the top of the lighthousefor a 360 degree view of Key West. In the Keepers Quarters hear about the lives of the families who lived there and maintained the lighthouse. Learn about brave men and women who kept the light burning even through the threats of war and the fatal dangers of nature’s most fearsome elements.
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San Carlos
Founded in 1871 as a civic center by Cuban exiles, the San Carlos today is a multi-cultural center for performing arts and events as well as a museum, library and art gallery. The San Carlos can accommodate over 350 people in its theater and plays host to the Key West Film Festival and the Key West Literary Seminar each year.
Founded in 1871 as a civic center by Cuban exiles, the San Carlos today is a multi-cultural center for performing arts and events as well as a museum, library and art gallery. The San Carlos can accommodate over 350 people in its theater and plays host to the Key West Film Festival and the Key West Literary Seminar each year.
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Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Petting Zoo
Open the the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month, the Sheriff’s Animal Farm is a place where kids of all ages can meet horses, a cow, pigs, goats, bunnies, alligators, tropical birds, turtles, and snakes. The Sheriff’s Animal Farm is also home to abandoned exotic animals including tropical birds, a kinkajou, sloths, a lemur, an emu, and a family of cavy’s. Guests will be enchanted by exotic wildlife around them on Stock Island. The farm is free of charge.
Open the the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month, the Sheriff’s Animal Farm is a place where kids of all ages can meet horses, a cow, pigs, goats, bunnies, alligators, tropical birds, turtles, and snakes. The Sheriff’s Animal Farm is also home to abandoned exotic animals including tropical birds, a kinkajou, sloths, a lemur, an emu, and a family of cavy’s. Guests will be enchanted by exotic wildlife around them on Stock Island. The farm is free of charge.
Fringe Theater
Legend has it that the concept of a "fringe theater" was born in 1947 when eight theater groups, unable to gain admission to the prestigious Edinburgh International Festival, performed anywhere they could. Today hundreds of Fringe Theater Festivals and thousands of Fringe Theater companies exist throughout the world. In 2011, Fringe Theater Key West joined those ranks! They follow the tradition of fringe theatrical troupes by being a “point of entry” into the theater world for people who used to do theater, always wanted to do theater, or are looking
Legend has it that the concept of a "fringe theater" was born in 1947 when eight theater groups, unable to gain admission to the prestigious Edinburgh International Festival, performed anywhere they could. Today hundreds of Fringe Theater Festivals and thousands of Fringe Theater companies exist throughout the world. In 2011, Fringe Theater Key West joined those ranks! They follow the tradition of fringe theatrical troupes by being a “point of entry” into the theater world for people who used to do theater, always wanted to do theater, or are looking forward to the new experience of doing theater! Their vision is to create theater that is intriguing, diverse, and affordable.
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Tennessee Williams Fine Arts Center
The Tennesse Williams Fine Arts Theater (TWFAC) has been providing residents and visitors world- class entertainment for nearly 30 years. Located on the campus of The College of the Florida Keys, the Tennessee Williams Fine Arts Center is home to Keys Chorale, Paradise Big Band, Key West Pops Orchestra, South Florida Symphony Orchestra and In The Cabaret.
The Tennesse Williams Fine Arts Theater (TWFAC) has been providing residents and visitors world- class entertainment for nearly 30 years. Located on the campus of The College of the Florida Keys, the Tennessee Williams Fine Arts Center is home to Keys Chorale, Paradise Big Band, Key West Pops Orchestra, South Florida Symphony Orchestra and In The Cabaret.
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Theater of the Sea
Since 1946, Theater of the Sea has been entertaining visitor to the Florida Keys on their 17 acre park. Guests can enjoy with dolphin and sea lion shows, snorkel cruises, animal training, swimming with dolphins, sea lions and rays. Take a bottomless boat ride or enjoy a swim at the lagoon beach. There is so much to see and do. Fun for whole family. Open 365 days a year.
Since 1946, Theater of the Sea has been entertaining visitor to the Florida Keys on their 17 acre park. Guests can enjoy with dolphin and sea lion shows, snorkel cruises, animal training, swimming with dolphins, sea lions and rays. Take a bottomless boat ride or enjoy a swim at the lagoon beach. There is so much to see and do. Fun for whole family. Open 365 days a year.
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Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory
For families that enjoy experiencing nature up close and personal, the Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory is a great place to visit. Feel connected to the environment as you stroll through this relaxing, glass-enclosed oasis encountering upwards of 60 butterfly species from across the globe and more than 20 species of exotic birds. Then, visit the Learning Center for a 15-minute film that educates viewers on the life cycle and basic facts about butterflies.
For families that enjoy experiencing nature up close and personal, the Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory is a great place to visit. Feel connected to the environment as you stroll through this relaxing, glass-enclosed oasis encountering upwards of 60 butterfly species from across the globe and more than 20 species of exotic birds. Then, visit the Learning Center for a 15-minute film that educates viewers on the life cycle and basic facts about butterflies.
Key West Museum of Art & History at the Custom House
Located in Key West's must impressive building the the Key West Museum of Art and History is home to permanent and visiting collections featuring both local and world renowned artists. Two floors of exhibitions featuring two centuries of history, art, people, and events are yours to discover.
Located in Key West's must impressive building the the Key West Museum of Art and History is home to permanent and visiting collections featuring both local and world renowned artists. Two floors of exhibitions featuring two centuries of history, art, people, and events are yours to discover.
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Nancy’s Secret Garden
Nancy Forrester has been rescuing abused and abandoned parrots for 25 years and has created this special place to house these very unique birds. Children are welcome and encouraged to spend time with the birds… play music, feed them, paint, and take pictures. This wonderful experience, located at 518 Elizabeth Street, is open from 10 to 4 every day for you to bond with these endangered birds.
Nancy Forrester has been rescuing abused and abandoned parrots for 25 years and has created this special place to house these very unique birds. Children are welcome and encouraged to spend time with the birds… play music, feed them, paint, and take pictures. This wonderful experience, located at 518 Elizabeth Street, is open from 10 to 4 every day for you to bond with these endangered birds.
Red Barn Theatre
The Red Barn Theatre is not only a premiere location for awe-inspiring performances, but it’s also a historical and cultural hub. Red Barn’s history includes iconic figures such as Poet Laureate Richard Wilbur, Tennessee Williams, Jimmy Buffett and Shel Silverstein, the beloved children’s writer. For the past 32 years, the Red Barn Theatre staff has been premiering new scripts, reworking classic pieces, and encouraging artistic excellence among the Key West community.
The Red Barn Theatre is not only a premiere location for awe-inspiring performances, but it’s also a historical and cultural hub. Red Barn’s history includes iconic figures such as Poet Laureate Richard Wilbur, Tennessee Williams, Jimmy Buffett and Shel Silverstein, the beloved children’s writer. For the past 32 years, the Red Barn Theatre staff has been premiering new scripts, reworking classic pieces, and encouraging artistic excellence among the Key West community.
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Turtle Museum
The Key West Turtle Museum is a fascinating journey into the archaeological evidence of ancient turtles in the lands of the Keys. Guests have the opportunity to learn about the first explorer of the Keys, Ponce de Leon, and enjoy local lore about the necessary presence of turtles. In addition, you can learn about the conservation efforts to save the endangered sea turtles.
The Key West Turtle Museum is a fascinating journey into the archaeological evidence of ancient turtles in the lands of the Keys. Guests have the opportunity to learn about the first explorer of the Keys, Ponce de Leon, and enjoy local lore about the necessary presence of turtles. In addition, you can learn about the conservation efforts to save the endangered sea turtles.
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Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden
The Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden is home to many endangered and threatened flora and fauna. An active participant in conservation education, the garden seeks to advocate for the importance of native plants and species. With some of the richest plant and animal life found in Caribbean habitats, it is a secluded, special place where all guests have the opportunity to explore and appreciate biodiversity.
The Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden is home to many endangered and threatened flora and fauna. An active participant in conservation education, the garden seeks to advocate for the importance of native plants and species. With some of the richest plant and animal life found in Caribbean habitats, it is a secluded, special place where all guests have the opportunity to explore and appreciate biodiversity.
Audubon House & Gardens
Set on a lovely 1 acre site in the heart of Old Town Key West, the Audubon House & Tropical Gardens features brick-pathed gardens offer a lush 1-acre view of orchids, bromeliads, and other tropical foliage, an herb garden and 1840-style nursery. The house, built by Capt. John Geiger, the home is filled with antique furnishings purchased from estate sales and auctions in Europe. The naturalist, John James Audubon, stayed in the house while working on his book, The Birds of America.
Set on a lovely 1 acre site in the heart of Old Town Key West, the Audubon House & Tropical Gardens features brick-pathed gardens offer a lush 1-acre view of orchids, bromeliads, and other tropical foliage, an herb garden and 1840-style nursery. The house, built by Capt. John Geiger, the home is filled with antique furnishings purchased from estate sales and auctions in Europe. The naturalist, John James Audubon, stayed in the house while working on his book, The Birds of America.
Key West Theatre
Key West Theatre
The Key West Theater is a newly-renovated performing arts center that presents original plays, musicals, films, concerts and more. Originally built in 1848 as the 1st Baptist Church of Key West, the building has a rich history as a church, dance club and concert venue prior to being transformed into a fully working performing arts center.
The Key West Theater is a newly-renovated performing arts center that presents original plays, musicals, films, concerts and more. Originally built in 1848 as the 1st Baptist Church of Key West, the building has a rich history as a church, dance club and concert venue prior to being transformed into a fully working performing arts center.