You’re in Key West! It’s time to explore the many beautiful outdoor attractions and have some adventures of your own that you’ll never forget. This tiny island paradise has an abundance of outdoor activities, from the laid back and relaxed to the take-your-breath-away thrilling. Read on for some of the top outdoor adventures in Key West.
Visit the Dry Tortugas & Fort Jefferson National Park
A secluded oasis in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico, this collection of tiny islands is just the thing for those who love nature, wildlife and history. For an experience that will delight the entire family, hop on the Yankee Freedom III, the official ferry of the Dry Tortugas. Your ride on this expansive catamaran will not only be relaxed and scenic, it will provide you with a complimentary breakfast and lunch, snorkel gear and fascinating facts about the Dry Tortugas and Fort Jefferson. But that’s just the beginning of what you’ll consider to be an unforgettable day in paradise. Once you arrive at your destination, you’ll step off the boat onto a beautiful sandy beach and see the massive Civil War fortress, Fort Jefferson, before you. With its 16 million bricks and centuries of history, the fort provides an incredible adventure through America’s heritage. Take a guided tour or wander about on your own. See the cells where inmates were held, including that of Samuel Mudd, the fort’s most infamous prisoner. Then enjoy the natural beauty of the island, snorkel in the warm shallow waters, grab a kayak, walk along the peaceful shore and soak up some rays on the beach. Keep a watchful eye to the sky for some of the more than 300 bird species that inhabit the area.
Explore the Wonders of the Reef
Key West is home to the only living barrier reef in the continental United States. Discover the majesty and beauty of our underwater world with Fury Water Adventures. Fury offers a variety of different snorkeling tours, including morning and afternoon trips and several combos that include sunset sails, music and more. Fury’s catamarans are large and comfortable, with fresh water showers and an experienced crew. You’ll be provided with top-of-the-line snorkel gear, a float if you wish and tips on what you’ll see when you’re snorkeling. Step right into the water via Fury’s stairway to the sea or jump off the side of the boat! You’ll be amazed at the variety of colorful fish, coral and marine species in front of you.
Have Fun in the Sun at Fort Zachary Taylor State Park
Fort Zachary Taylor State Park is considered by many to be home to the most beautiful beach in Key West. Whether you want to swim in the crystal waters, snorkel or go fishing, there’s a ton of fun to be had at this historic park. Check out the Civil War fort and take a tour. You can see the cannons and learn about the fascinating past of this ancient fortress. There are also lovely shaded trails that wind around the shore, wildlife and bike paths. Bring a picnic or grab some grub at the Cayo Hueso Café which is open daily from 10am to 5pm.
Stroll Through the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden
The only frost-free botanical garden in the continental United States, this natural treasure is home to various endangered and threatened flora and fauna. Take a tour on the meandering trails that wind through fresh water wetlands, butterfly gardens and beautiful flowers. Find the hidden pond and look for the resident white crowned pigeon and bald eagle (they like to hide from visitors). There’s a gorgeous courtyard where you can sit, enjoy the tranquility and gaze at the waterfall wall of tropical plants.
Fly Above the Water on a Parasail
For an exhilarating experience you’ll never forget, join Fury in a parasailing adventure. They offer both tandem and solo flights, gentle wet or dry take offs and landings and a breathtaking view of Key West as you soar above the water. Fury’s parasailing team takes you out to sea aboard their state-of-the-art boat and offers you a chance to see Key West as you never have before. Parasailing trips are offered every day, every hour on the hour. All you need is your sunscreen, towel and sense of adventure!