Key West Attractions

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Land Attractions in Key West

 Key West Attractions Shipwreck Treasures Museum
Key West Shipwreck Treasures Museum

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.

Best Key West Attractions Harry S. Truman Little White House
Harry S. Truman Little White House

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.

Key West Florida Attractions Flagler Station Overseas Railway Museum
Flagler Station Overseas Railway Museum

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.

Key West Attractions Butterfly and Nature Conservatory
Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory

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.

Best Key West Attractions Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum
Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum

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.

Key West Florida Attractions Mel Fisher’s Maritime Heritage Society
Mel Fisher’s Maritime Heritage Society

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.

Key West Tourist Attractions Ripley’s Believe It or Not
Ripley’s Believe It or Not

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.

Key West Attractions Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden
Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden

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.

Best Key West Nature Attractions Audubon House and Gardens
Audubon House and Gardens

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.

Key West Art and Historic Society at the Custom House
Key West Art and Historic Society at the Custom House

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.

Key West Historic Attractions Lighthouse Museum
Key West Lighthouse Museum

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.

East Martello Fort & Museum
East Martello Fort & Museum

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!

Key West Haunted Attractions West Martello Fort and Key West Garden Club
West Martello Fort and Key West Garden Club

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.

Oldest House/Wrecker’s Museum
Oldest House/Wrecker’s Museum

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.

Nancy’s Secret Garden
Nancy’s Secret Garden

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

Fort Zachary Taylor State Park
Key West Nature Attractions Fort Zachary Taylor State Park

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.

Yankee Freedom II Dry Tortugas National Park Ferry
Best Key West Attractions- Yankee Freedom II Dry Tortugas National Park Ferry

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.

Pride of Key West Glassbottom Boat
Pride of Key West Glassbottom Boat

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.

Fury Catamarans
Fury Catamarans

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.