With a beautifully subtropic, temperate climate year round, Key West is a wonderful destination for spending time outdoors. If you’re coming to the island with a corporate group, a wedding party or for any other reason where you might be throwing a party, consider one of these best outdoor event spaces in Key West.
Truman Little White House
With three separate lawns surrounding President Harry S. Truman’s historic winter escape, the Truman Little White House can accommodate weddings and events of all sizes. The front lawn, side lawn and intimate garden space can be used separately or together. A popular option for the front lawn is to set up a tent where you can incorporate a dance floor, tables and food stations. It’s the perfect venue for history buffs and a lovely setting amidst lush greenery, towering palm trees and the beautiful white house.
For a whimsical and romantic wedding or simply a charming event, the Audubon House, at the foot of Whitehead Street, offers tropical orchid-filled trees throughout its garden grounds. With a large front porch, brick pathways and romantic pocket gardens throughout the yard, it’s a lovely location. Food stations and bars can be arranged throughout for excellent flow and the front porch is ideal for a band.
Fort Zachary Taylor Beach & State Park
Fort Zachary Taylor Beach & State Park is a classic outdoor event venue, especially for weddings. With a Civil War-era fort, a romantic, rocky shore and amazing sunsets, it’s Key West’s most picturesque beach. There’s ample space for parties of all sizes between the fort and the beach.
Whether it’s an event held directly on Mallory Square or nearby at the adjacent Westin Resort & Marina, an outdoor event overlooking the Key West Harbor is always a good idea. Working with an event planner, multiple options for catering are available and a full set up with cocktail tables, bar and food stations can be accommodated. The space offers the best views of the Key West sunset and positions your party within walking distance of Duval Street after the sun sets.
Key West Lighthouse
Throw your event at the sprawling lawn surrounding Key West’s historic lighthouse, which was built in 1855. With plenty of space to accommodate a large party, you can set up dining tables, buffets and a live band. It will be a beautiful night under the stars where you can scale the lighthouse and visit the lighthouse keeper’s museum during the party. It’s also adjacent to the Lighthouse Inn, a cozy bed and breakfast ideal for event blocks.
Fury Water Adventures Sunset Charter
There’s perhaps no outdoor event space more novel than on a boat out at sea. With Fury Water Adventures you can achieve just that aboard their spacious and stable 65-foot catamarans with a shaded cabin, main deck and upper deck that can accommodate up to 127 guests. Multiple options are available for catering and open bar. You can also book a live band for the ultimate experience.
Oldest House Museum & Gardens
Tucked away past an unassuming white picket fence on Duval Street, the Oldest House Museum & Gardens presents an intimate event venue accommodating 120 people seated or 300 for a cocktail reception. Tucked behind this historic Victorian-home is a charming grassy yard with plenty of shade trees for an event that places you squarely in Key West.
Hemingway Home & Garden
For a storied outdoor event space with lush, tropical grounds, consider the former home of Ernest Hemingway on a large plot of land on Whitehead Street. He and his second wife Pauline lived here in the 1930s. The space can be arranged beautifully in the evening with twinkling string lights, dinner tables, buffets and a live band. Guests can also enjoy the home’s wraparound balcony on the second floor for a bird’s eye view of the party.