Key West Attractions
Land Attractions in Key West
Address: One Whitehead Street
Phone: (305) 292-8990
At the Key West Shipwreck and Treasures Museum, you’ll see first-hand how the wreckers lived and the results of their efforts to save the crew and the ships that crashed while sailing into Key West. Through live presentations, films, exhibits and artifacts, you’ll have the chance to learn more about this important part of Key West history. Climb to the top of the 65-foot observation tower, one of the best Key West Attractions for viewing the Gulf of Mexico.
Address: 111 Front Street
Phone: (305) 294-9911
Built in 1890 as a base home for the Naval Commander, the residence served many purposes until it became President Truman’s winter home. Tours are led by knowledgeable guides that share information about Truman’s life in the home, his presidency, the history of the Little White House and more.
Address: 901 Caroline Street
Phone: (305) 293-8716
Relive an era of inspiration and determination; discover how Henry Flagler impacted the transportation industry and the world with his pioneering will and vision. You’ll enter into another time period as you walk through a restored railroad car, see photographs and memorabilia, and watch moving video footage of the first train arriving in Key West in January of 1912.
Address: 1316 Duval Street
Phone: (305) 296-2988
At the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory, hundreds of butterflies of every size, shape and color live in a tropical haven. Learn about how the butterflies are bred in captivity and many other interesting facts about these graceful creatures.
Address: 907 Whitehead Street
Phone: (305) 294-1136
Ernest Hemingway lived here from 1931 to 1961 and wrote many of his acclaimed novels including To Have and To Have Not, which was set in Key West during the depression. Take the guided tour and learn all about Hemingway, his life and career, his adventurous past and the six-toed cat he loved. Year after year, this is one of the most popular Key West Tourist Attractions and draws millions of visitors looking to learn about the mysterious American author.
Address: 200 Greene Street
Phone: (305) 294-2633
“Today’s the day” was his mantra and incredibly, Mel Fisher’s lifelong pursuit and dreams all came true before he died. The day was July 20, 1985 when, after 17 years of searching, Mel Fisher and his crew recovered the $450 million treasure from the Nuestra Senora de Atocha and the Santa Margarita, two galleons that sunk in 1622.
Address: 108 Duval Street
Phone: (305) 293-9939
The perfect complement to the odd and unusual sites in Key West, Ripley’s Believe! It or Not is a spectacle to be enjoyed by adults and children of all ages. The museum features 500 exhibits of strange, out-of-this-world items that made Ripley’s famous.
Address: 5210 College Road
Phone: (305) 296-1504
The Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden is the only “frost-free” botanical garden in the continental United States. A tropical environment with ample rain allows most trees to retain their leaves in the dry season (December through late May). It is home to many endangered and threatened flora and fauna.
Address: 205 Whitehead Street
Phone: (305) 294-2116
The Audubon House marks the beginning of the restoration movement in Key West. Saved from being demolished in 1958, the 19th century Key West original is now a historic museum featuring the artwork of John James Audubon.
Address: 281 Front Street
Phone: (305) 295-6616
For a bit of history and a look at how Key West got to where it is today, stop in at the Key West Museum of Art and History inside the Custom House. Built in 1891, the Custom House had many uses including a post office, court house and government center.
Address: 938 Whitehead Street
Phone: (305) 294-0012
If you’re up for a climb, you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of Key West and the ocean. The Key West Lighthouse was built in 1825 to help the many ships entering the port avoid the hazardous reefs.
Address: 3501 S. Roosevelt Blvd.
Phone: (305) 296-3913
The East Martello Fort, complete with an eight-foot thick granite wall, was built during the Civil War Era to withstand any bombardment but was never completed and never saw any hostile action. Among its collection are Key West artifacts, historical records, Robert the Doll, and military memorabilia. Many visitors come to the East Martello Fort to see the famously haunted Key West Attraction, Robert the Doll. Take a Ghosts and Gravestones Tour to get the true haunted experience of Key West!
Address:1100 Atlantic Boulevard
Phone: (305) 294-3210
For a truly serene experience, take a moment to stroll through the Key West Garden Club at the West Martello Fort. A popular spot for weddings, lush, tropical plant life, quaint brick pathways and glorious arched courtyards make a visit here unforgettable.
Address: 322 Duval Street
Phone: (305) 294-9501
The oldest house in South Florida was built in 1829 by Captain Francis Watlington who was, among other things, a wrecker. Guests see gold that was salvaged from shipwrecks, paintings, model ships and a separate kitchen.
Address: 1 Free School Lane
Phone: (305) 294-0015
Key West’s Exotic Tropical Botanical Garden is Nancy Forrester’s Secret Garden, a living rainforest museum.
Water Attractions in Key West
Address: 100 Southard Street
Phone: (305) 305-295-0037
Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1973, Florida’s southernmost state park is popular for recreation, as well as U.S. military history. The fort was one of a series built in the mid-1800s to defend the nation’s southeastern coastline. Guided tours of the fort are available daily.
Address: 240 Margaret Street
Phone: (800) 634-0939 • (305) 294-7009
Experience a journey like no other aboard the Yankee Freedom II. Take your comfortable seat and enjoy the relaxing ride to the Dry Tortugas National Park Fort Jefferson, just 70 miles west of Key West. The Yankee Freedom II is recognized for its speed and luxurious accommodations.
Address: End of Duval Street between the Ocean Key House and Pier House Resorts
Phone: (305) 294-8899
Embark on an adventure to the world-famous reefs off the coast of Key West. Aboard the Pride of Key West—the magnificent Key West Fury catamaran with a glass bottom, you’ll enjoy the fresh sea air as you voyage above the lively marine world underneath.
Nearest trolley stop: 5
Phone: (305) 294-8899 • (800) 994-8898
Whether you’d like to dive in and snorkel, fly above the water in a parasail, go on a glass-bottom boat excursion, take a sunset cruise or try your hand at jet skiing, Fury Catamarans offers a myriad of exciting adventures.