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By Clyde Powell



 

 


The Trolley and Train Tours in Key West

    

Historic Tours of America Train
When you get to key west you cannot help but to see the many trolleys and trains giving tours about Key West. Ringing their bells and telling their stories as they are crisscrossing the streets of Old Town Key West. From a Locals point of view we can always tell just how busy or if there is a cruise ship in town. Just by seeing how full, or empty the trolley and trains are.


Historic Tours of America Trolley
Historic Tours of America have been a part of key west for many years. They offer two types of tours the trolley and the trains. Both give you the same tour but what little boy or girl can resist a train ride. The down side to the trains is that some people sit faces the rear so its hard to see without turning around all the time what the driver is telling you. The plus to the trains is you get a much better view 360 degrees around you. This really helps if you like to take lots of pictures . The trains do not offer the get on and off as the trolleys do. They only make a few stops along the 90 minute tour. With the trolleys the best view is on the side your sitting on.

Both companies offer discounts for military, Seniors, and Kids. Trolley Tours are about 90 minutes with numeral places you can get off and explore then get back on the next trolley.

Conch Train Depot-Mallory Square - 303 Front St., Key West, FL,

Daily from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm 363 days a year. Close at 1pm on the the last Friday in
October and closed the last Saturday in October for Fantasy Fest. Tours depart approx. every 30 minutes.
http://www.historictours.com/keywest/default.htm


CityView Trolley
CityView tours are the new kids on the block that in itself is a long story about Key West. They offer the trolley tours.

Board the Key West Trolley at 105 Whitehead Street.
Key West Schedule
CityView Trolley is open year-round 7 days a week.
Hours of operation are subject to change and are usually as follows:
First Tour: 9:30 AM Last Reboard: 4:30 PM Trolleys run at 30 minute frequency
http://www.cityviewtrolleys.com/keywest/


The drivers give you a wealth of information about
Key West and its history. Along with some current
tales about its inter working with some of the locals you see on the streets. I must add that when I work on the
street I get to hear many different drivers talking about the same location and it is amusing just how the
story changes between them. If this is your first trips to key west these tours a great for getting a feel of
our island . They help you find real nice niche places you may like and not find on your own. Try and get
one of these
tours in early in your visit to help you plan the rest of your stay.

Both companies are now offering ghost tours will be writing more about those in another article.

CityView Ghost Tours      Historis Tours of America Ghost Tours


10-20-13
by Clyde Powell