What to do in Key West …. Other Than Water Activities

While the oil spill may – or may not – hit Key West, many are worried about their upcoming vacation.  My response in 2 words:


IF the spill does affect Key West, there’s still so much to do that you won’t get to do everything on your vacation.  Even with children, there’s still plenty to keep everyone occupied.

Hemingway House

Let’s start with museums (yes, I can hear the kids saying EWWWW….so don’t tell them they’re museums :)).  In no particular order, there’s:

Mel Fisher Maritime Museum
Shipwreck Historeum Museum
Martello Towers
Ernest Hemingway House and Museum
Heritage House Museum and Robert Frost Cottage
Key West Lighthouse and Keepers Quarters  Museum
Key West Museum of Art and History
San Carlos Institute
Truman Little White House
Turtle Kraals Museum
Curry Mansion Museum

Now for the Gardens:

Audubon House Gallery and Tropical Gardens
Fort East Martello Museum and Gardens
Key West Memorial Sculpture Garden
Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Gardens
Nancy Forrester’s Secret Garden

Key West Aquarium

On to the attractions:

Conch Train Tour
CityView Trolley Tour
Ghosts and Legends of Key West Tour
Historic Key West Walking Tour
Key West Aquarium
Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory
Key West Cemetery
Key West Ghost Tours
Key West Speedway
Mallory Square
Old Town Trolley
Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine
Pirate Walking Tours
Ripley’s Believe It or Not
Southernmost Point
Southernmost Scavenger Hunt
St. Paul’s Church
Tales and Tombstones Trolley Tour
Tropical Bike Tours of Key West
Tennessee Williams House
Tennessee Williams Theater
Trails and Tales of Key West
Waterfront Playhouse at Mallory Square

There are too many art galleries to mention here but they are everywhere.  Browsing is encouraged.  And you just might buy something! 🙂

And don’t forget the pool wherever you’re staying.

Enjoy your visit to Key West and hopefully you’ll catch the dreaded Key’s Disease!


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I want to share my love of Key West with everyone with the same interests.
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2 Responses to What to do in Key West …. Other Than Water Activities

  1. Kelly says:

    Thank you for sharing. I have planned a trip to Key West from the 3rd to the 11th of July, and I have to admit I’m a bit nervous. But, I’ve been to Key West a few times before (although it has been quite some time), and I know it’s going to be a good time no matter what. The vibe in Key West is unforgettable, and that’s why after so many years I have decided to go back. And if I can, and the oil does hit, I will make sure and help in any way I can while I am there.

    • Hi Kelly,

      I have no doubt that you’re going to have a great time! Oil spill or not!
      If there’s anything I can do to help you plan your trip, give me a holler.
      And please give us a “trip report” once you’re back. We all live vicariously through them!

      Have fun!

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