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Swim and snorkel at Key West’s best beach! Discover and become a part of this beautiful underwater habitat. Snorkel off the beach and experience-rich tropical marine life such as parrotfish, schools of yellowtail snapper, lobster, and various hard and soft corals. Bring a pole and catch dinner off the west rock jetty. Fishing is permitted on the west side of the park along the Key West Shipping Channel. *certain restrictions and licensing may apply. Wooded nature trails are a warm and inviting place to bird watch and discover native plant life. Bike along the shaded paths along the shore, past the historic fort and beside the Key West Shipping Channel. Take a narrated tour of Fort Zachary Taylor and see Civil War cannons and construction. The 54-acre park is scattered with picnic tables and grills perfect for a cookout at the beach. The Cayo Hueso Café is open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm daily serving up Key West’s finest beach cuisine. Experience Key West’s most spectacular sunset where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Gulf of Mexico. For more information please contact the Visitor Services Office at 305.295.0037
Fort Zachary Taylor State Park Beach
Swim and snorkel at Key West’s best beach! Discover and become a part of this beautiful underwater habitat. Snorkel off the beach and experience-rich tropical marine life such as parrotfish, schools of yellowtail snapper, lobster, and various hard and soft corals. Bring a pole and catch dinner off the west rock jetty. Fishing is permitted on the west side of the park along the Key West Shipping Channel. *certain restrictions and licensing may apply. Wooded nature trails are a warm and inviting place to bird watch and discover native plant life. Bike along the shaded paths along the shore, past the historic fort and beside the Key West Shipping Channel. Take a narrated tour of Fort Zachary Taylor and see Civil War cannons and construction. The 54-acre park is scattered with picnic tables and grills perfect for a cookout at the beach. The Cayo Hueso Café is open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm daily serving up Key West’s finest beach cuisine. Experience Key West’s most spectacular sunset where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Gulf of Mexico. For more information please contact the Visitor Services Office at 305.295.0037
Towering over Mallory’s historic seaport, the Key West Museum of Art & History at the Custom House is as stunning a sight to visitors today as it was when it opened in 1891 Originally home to the island’s customs office, postal service, and district courts, this four-story architectural marvel was built to keep pace with the increasing population and wealth accumulating from Key West’s lucrative trade routes and maritime industries. The imposing structure is a tremendous exemplar of Richardsonian Romanesque architecture which was typical for Federal building projects near the end of the 19th century. Positioned adjacent to the U.S. Naval base, the Custom House was the site of many significant historical events, most notably the inquiry into the sinking of the USS Maine in Havana harbor in 1898. In 1932, the building transferred to the U.S. Navy and became headquarters for their Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico operations. When the Navy no longer required use of the building, it was declared surplus and abandoned for nearly twenty years. The Custom House was eventually purchased by the State of Florida’s Land Acquisition Advisory Council in 1991 and leased to the Key West Art & Historical Society for use as a museum. Today, “Old 91” has been faithfully restored and stands on the harbor as a national landmark, an award-winning museum and official headquarters of the Key West Art & Historical Society. Experience two floors of exhibitions that weave together two centuries of history, art, people, and events.
Custom House
281 Front St
Towering over Mallory’s historic seaport, the Key West Museum of Art & History at the Custom House is as stunning a sight to visitors today as it was when it opened in 1891 Originally home to the island’s customs office, postal service, and district courts, this four-story architectural marvel was built to keep pace with the increasing population and wealth accumulating from Key West’s lucrative trade routes and maritime industries. The imposing structure is a tremendous exemplar of Richardsonian Romanesque architecture which was typical for Federal building projects near the end of the 19th century. Positioned adjacent to the U.S. Naval base, the Custom House was the site of many significant historical events, most notably the inquiry into the sinking of the USS Maine in Havana harbor in 1898. In 1932, the building transferred to the U.S. Navy and became headquarters for their Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico operations. When the Navy no longer required use of the building, it was declared surplus and abandoned for nearly twenty years. The Custom House was eventually purchased by the State of Florida’s Land Acquisition Advisory Council in 1991 and leased to the Key West Art & Historical Society for use as a museum. Today, “Old 91” has been faithfully restored and stands on the harbor as a national landmark, an award-winning museum and official headquarters of the Key West Art & Historical Society. Experience two floors of exhibitions that weave together two centuries of history, art, people, and events.
See you at Sunset!” This iconic phrase has embodied the spirit and history of Key West since the event took off in the late 1960s! Beginning two hours before sunset, it’s a celebration and view that has captured the love and astonishment of iconic figures from Mark Twain in the 1800s to Tennessee Williams in the late 20th century! The Key West Sunset Celebration invites everyone to partake in watching the glowing pink and red sun sink into the Gulf of Mexico horizon. The nightly festival hosts visitors from all over the world who come to take part in the magicians, jugglers, clowns, psychics, local musicians, artists, and food vendors that combine for an incredible cultural experience. It is a fusion of friends and talents that has captivated tourists and locals alike. This nightly party has everything any local or guest could ever hope to stumble upon. The beauty, sheer history, and pure passion of this event have been immortalized in renowned art, stories, poetry, and photography!
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Mallory Square
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See you at Sunset!” This iconic phrase has embodied the spirit and history of Key West since the event took off in the late 1960s! Beginning two hours before sunset, it’s a celebration and view that has captured the love and astonishment of iconic figures from Mark Twain in the 1800s to Tennessee Williams in the late 20th century! The Key West Sunset Celebration invites everyone to partake in watching the glowing pink and red sun sink into the Gulf of Mexico horizon. The nightly festival hosts visitors from all over the world who come to take part in the magicians, jugglers, clowns, psychics, local musicians, artists, and food vendors that combine for an incredible cultural experience. It is a fusion of friends and talents that has captivated tourists and locals alike. This nightly party has everything any local or guest could ever hope to stumble upon. The beauty, sheer history, and pure passion of this event have been immortalized in renowned art, stories, poetry, and photography!
Mel Fisher Maritime Museum & Historical Society Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum.jpg Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum is located in FloridaMel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum Location within Florida Location 200 Greene Street Key West, Florida Coordinates 24.557965°N 81.806495°W Type Maritime Archaeology Website Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum Wikimedia Commons has media related to Mel Fisher. The Mel Fisher Maritime Museum is located at 200 Greene Street, Key West, Florida. The museum contains an extensive collection of artifacts from 17th-century shipwrecks, such as the Henrietta Marie, Nuestra Señora de Atocha, and Santa Margarita.[1] Also included are the shipwrecks and artifacts of The Santa Clara, a Conquistador-era galleon (1564), The Guerrero & Nimble. A rotating gallery exists on the second floor of the museum and is currently displaying an exhibit or artifacts belonging to Cuban Rafters, Balseros, who arrive to Key West in hand-crafted vessels. Terrestrial archaeological cites include The African Cemetery of Key West, located on Higg's Beach. The museum is named for founder Mel Fisher and was created as a 501(c)3 non-profit charity organization, thus Fisher's fortune is not financially linked to the museum. It is a museum, a lab, and a nationally recognized research facility. Within the museum is a fully operating Conservation and Archaeology lab, where guests are allowed admittance during a daily private Lab Tour and are able to touch the artifacts while learning about the various stages of artifact conservation. Some artifacts, depending on type and density, can take anywhere from weeks to years for full conservation before they are placed on display in the museum. As of December 2015 the upstairs exhibits, in addition to the slave ship Henrietta Marie, included displays about a group of freed slaves in Key West in 1860, the preservation of items recovered underwater, and Caribbean piracy.
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Mel Fisher Maritime Museum
200 Greene Street
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Mel Fisher Maritime Museum & Historical Society Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum.jpg Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum is located in FloridaMel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum Location within Florida Location 200 Greene Street Key West, Florida Coordinates 24.557965°N 81.806495°W Type Maritime Archaeology Website Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum Wikimedia Commons has media related to Mel Fisher. The Mel Fisher Maritime Museum is located at 200 Greene Street, Key West, Florida. The museum contains an extensive collection of artifacts from 17th-century shipwrecks, such as the Henrietta Marie, Nuestra Señora de Atocha, and Santa Margarita.[1] Also included are the shipwrecks and artifacts of The Santa Clara, a Conquistador-era galleon (1564), The Guerrero & Nimble. A rotating gallery exists on the second floor of the museum and is currently displaying an exhibit or artifacts belonging to Cuban Rafters, Balseros, who arrive to Key West in hand-crafted vessels. Terrestrial archaeological cites include The African Cemetery of Key West, located on Higg's Beach. The museum is named for founder Mel Fisher and was created as a 501(c)3 non-profit charity organization, thus Fisher's fortune is not financially linked to the museum. It is a museum, a lab, and a nationally recognized research facility. Within the museum is a fully operating Conservation and Archaeology lab, where guests are allowed admittance during a daily private Lab Tour and are able to touch the artifacts while learning about the various stages of artifact conservation. Some artifacts, depending on type and density, can take anywhere from weeks to years for full conservation before they are placed on display in the museum. As of December 2015 the upstairs exhibits, in addition to the slave ship Henrietta Marie, included displays about a group of freed slaves in Key West in 1860, the preservation of items recovered underwater, and Caribbean piracy.
The Ernest Hemingway House was the residence of author Ernest Hemingway in Key West, Florida, United States. It is at 907 Whitehead Street, across from the Key West Lighthouse, close to the southern coast of the island. On November 24, 1968, it was designated a U.S. National Historic Landmark.
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The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum
907 Whitehead Street
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The Ernest Hemingway House was the residence of author Ernest Hemingway in Key West, Florida, United States. It is at 907 Whitehead Street, across from the Key West Lighthouse, close to the southern coast of the island. On November 24, 1968, it was designated a U.S. National Historic Landmark.
The Key West Lighthouse is located in Key West, Florida. The first Key West lighthouse was a 65-foot (20 m) tower completed in 1825. It had 15 lamps in 15-inch (380 mm) reflectors. The first keeper, Michael Mabrity, died in 1832, and his widow, Barbara, became the lighthouse keeper, serving for 32 years. The Great Havana Hurricane of 1846 destroyed the lighthouse; the USS Morris, which was wrecked during the storm, reported: "a white sand beach covers the spot where Key West Lighthouse stood". Barbara Mabrity survived, but fourteen people who had sought refuge in the lighthouse tower died, including seven members of her family. (The same hurricane destroyed the Sand Key Lighthouse, eight miles (13 km) away, killing six people, including the keeper, Rebecca Flaherty, another widow of a previous keeper.) Barbara Mabrity continued to serve as keeper of the Key West Light until the early 1860s, when she was fired at age 82 for making statements against the Union (Key West remained under Union control throughout the Civil War). As both lighthouses serving Key West had been destroyed in the 1846 hurricane, a ship, the Honey, was acquired and outfitted as a lightship to serve as the Sand Key Light until new lighthouses could be built. Due to efforts to reorganize the Lighthouse Board, Congress was slow to appropriate funds for the new lighthouses. The new tower for the Key West Light was completed in 1848. It was 50 feet (15 m) tall with 13 lamps in 21-inch (530 mm) reflectors and stood on the ground about 15 feet (4.6 m) above sea level. In 1858 the light received a third-order Fresnel lens. In 1873 the lantern was replaced (it had been damaged by a hurricane in 1866), adding three feet to the height of the tower. The growth of trees and taller buildings in Key West began to obscure the light, and in 1894 the tower was raised twenty feet, placing the light about 100 feet (30 m) above sea level. After the Coast Guard decommissioned the Key West Light in 1969, it was turned over to Monroe County, which in turn leased it to the Key West Arts and Historical Society. The society operates the lighthouse and its associated buildings as the Key West Light House and Keeper's Quarters Museum. On display at the museum is the first-order Fresnel lens from the Sombrero Key Lighthouse.
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Key West Lighthouse
938 Whitehead Street
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The Key West Lighthouse is located in Key West, Florida. The first Key West lighthouse was a 65-foot (20 m) tower completed in 1825. It had 15 lamps in 15-inch (380 mm) reflectors. The first keeper, Michael Mabrity, died in 1832, and his widow, Barbara, became the lighthouse keeper, serving for 32 years. The Great Havana Hurricane of 1846 destroyed the lighthouse; the USS Morris, which was wrecked during the storm, reported: "a white sand beach covers the spot where Key West Lighthouse stood". Barbara Mabrity survived, but fourteen people who had sought refuge in the lighthouse tower died, including seven members of her family. (The same hurricane destroyed the Sand Key Lighthouse, eight miles (13 km) away, killing six people, including the keeper, Rebecca Flaherty, another widow of a previous keeper.) Barbara Mabrity continued to serve as keeper of the Key West Light until the early 1860s, when she was fired at age 82 for making statements against the Union (Key West remained under Union control throughout the Civil War). As both lighthouses serving Key West had been destroyed in the 1846 hurricane, a ship, the Honey, was acquired and outfitted as a lightship to serve as the Sand Key Light until new lighthouses could be built. Due to efforts to reorganize the Lighthouse Board, Congress was slow to appropriate funds for the new lighthouses. The new tower for the Key West Light was completed in 1848. It was 50 feet (15 m) tall with 13 lamps in 21-inch (530 mm) reflectors and stood on the ground about 15 feet (4.6 m) above sea level. In 1858 the light received a third-order Fresnel lens. In 1873 the lantern was replaced (it had been damaged by a hurricane in 1866), adding three feet to the height of the tower. The growth of trees and taller buildings in Key West began to obscure the light, and in 1894 the tower was raised twenty feet, placing the light about 100 feet (30 m) above sea level. After the Coast Guard decommissioned the Key West Light in 1969, it was turned over to Monroe County, which in turn leased it to the Key West Arts and Historical Society. The society operates the lighthouse and its associated buildings as the Key West Light House and Keeper's Quarters Museum. On display at the museum is the first-order Fresnel lens from the Sombrero Key Lighthouse.
The Key West Aquarium is the only public aquarium in Key West, Florida, United States. It is located at 1 Whitehead Street
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Key West Aquarium
1 Whitehead Street
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The Key West Aquarium is the only public aquarium in Key West, Florida, United States. It is located at 1 Whitehead Street
Food scene
Modern American restaurant
Tavern N' Town
3841 North Roosevelt Boulevard
Modern American restaurant
Great Italian
La Trattoria Restaurant
524 Duval St
Great Italian
Latitude's is one of the best restaurants in the Florida Keys and has the accolades to prove it. The ambiance, the views, and not to mention the food. Our little paradise continues to rank in "Best of" countdowns.
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Latitudes
245 Front Street
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Latitude's is one of the best restaurants in the Florida Keys and has the accolades to prove it. The ambiance, the views, and not to mention the food. Our little paradise continues to rank in "Best of" countdowns.
Modern german
Martin's
917 Duval St
Modern german
French bakery
Croissants de France
816 Duval Street
French bakery
Italian
Antonia's Restaurant
Duval Street
Italian
Fresh seafood
Half Shell Raw Bar
231 Margaret Street
Fresh seafood
Steak house
Prime Steakhouse
951 Caroline St
Steak house
Japanese and sushi
Origami Sushi Bar
1075 Duval St
Japanese and sushi
Modern wine bar
The Flaming Buoy Filet Co.
1100 Packer Street
Modern wine bar