Key West Attractions
Land Attractions in Key West
Key West Shipwreck Treasures MuseumAddress: 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.
Harry S. Truman Little White HouseAddress: 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.
Flagler Station Overseas Railway MuseumAddress: 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 Butterfly and Nature ConservatoryAddress: 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.
Ernest Hemingway Home and MuseumAddress: 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.
Mel Fisher’s Maritime Heritage SocietyAddress: 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.
Ripley’s Believe It or NotAddress: 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 Tropical Forest and Botanical GardenAddress: 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.
Audubon House and GardensAddress: 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 HouseAddress: 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 Lighthouse MuseumAddress: 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 & MuseumAddress: 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!
West Martello Fort and Key West Garden ClubAddress: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 MuseumAddress: 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 GardenAddress: 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
Key West Nature Attractions Fort Zachary Taylor State ParkAddress: 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.
Best Key West Attractions- Yankee Freedom II Dry Tortugas National Park FerryAddress: 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 BoatAddress: 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 CatamaransNearest 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.