Follow a path once traveled by wreckers, pirates, and politicians to
South Florida's most important historic building. The Custom House, built in
1891, served as a post office, court house and government center when
wrecking made Key West the richest city, per capita, in the U.S. But by the
1930s, the island city was bankrupt.
281 Front Street, Key West, Florida 33040
Open Everyday from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm Closed Christmas
The Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum:
The tower and nearby Keeper's Quarters have been
faithfully restored and maintained as they were before the lighthouse was
deactivated in 1969. Many of the historic elements remain, including the
pipes used to deliver acetylene gas that powered the light before it was
electrified in 1927.
938 Whitehead Street, Key West, Florida 33040
Open daily from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
Closed Christmas Day
The Fort East Martello
Museum & Gardens
Today its casemates, citadel and courtyard are home to a vast collection
of Key West and Key's artifacts and historical records as well a military
memorabilia. The view from atop the central tower affords visitors a spectacular
panorama of the Atlantic coast of Key West.
3501 S. Roosevelt Blvd., Key West,
Open daily from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
Closed Christmas Day
Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum
The Ernest Hemingway House, officially known as the Ernest Hemingway Home
& Museum, was the residence of author Ernest Hemingway in Key West, Florida,
United States. It is located at 907 Whitehead Street, near a prominent
lighthouse close to the Southern coast of the island. On November 24, 1968,
it was designated a U.S. National Historic Landmark.
Tour Rates include a 30-minute guided tour.
No reservations needed, Museum is open daily 365 days a year from 9 a.m.-5
Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum
Today's the Day
The Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum is located at 200 Greene Street, Key
West, Florida. The museum contains an extensive collection of artifacts from
17th century shipwrecks, such as the Henrietta Marie, Nuestra Senora de Atocha
and Santa Margarita.The museum is named for founder Mel Fisher.
Mon-Fri: 8:30 - 5:00
Sat, Sun & Holidays: 9:30 - 5:00
The Museum is open 365 days a year
Take a step into the past
with a trip to this museum showing our link to our railway past
Located at the corner of Caroline and Margaret Streets on the site of the old
Margaret Street railway spur at the entrance to the Key West Historic Seaport.
San Carlos Institute
The San Carlos is a multi-purpose facility that serves as a museum, library,
art gallery, theater, and school. Located in the heart of Key West's
historic district, the San Carlos is considered to be the cradle of Cuba's
Friday to Sunday 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Admission is free. Groups are welcomed.
San Carlos Institute 516 Duval Street
The Oldest House in South Florida
Key West house tours are sponsored by the Old Island Restoration Foundation and
funded in part about the Monroe County Tourist Development Council. Each tour
features lovely homes and gardens reflecting the varied tastes and originality
of their owners.
Check for tour Dates
322 Duval Street
USCGC INGHAM Maritime Museum
With over 50 years of service around the work, USCGC INGHAM is a quintessential
portrait of Coast Guard history from 1936 to 1988. Click the links above to
explore some of the eras of INGHAM's valiant service to our Nation and her
CGC INGHAM is located on the Truman Waterfront on the western edge of Key West,
alongside USS MOHAWK (CGC). Parking is plentiful at Truman Waterfront, but you
can walk via Southard Street from Duval if you like.
Operating Hours (Summer 2011) in effect
Monday thru Saturday (6 days) 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Key West Shipwreck Museum
The Key West Shipwreck Museum combines actors, films and the actual artifacts
from the 1985 rediscovery of the wrecked vessel Isaac Allerton, which sank in
1856 on the treacherous Florida Keys reef.
Mon - Sun 9:40 am to 5:00 pm, 365 days a year. Last show 4:40 pm
1 Whitehead Street Key West, Florida
Audubon House & Tropical Gardens
The house contains 28 first edition works of the famous ornithologist John
James Audubon. Audubon visited the Florida Keys and Dry Tortugas in 1832 and
left Key West having sighted and drawn 18 new birds for his "Birds of
America" folio. It is believed that many of those drawings were conceived in
the Audubon House garden.
daily from 9:30am-4:30pm.
205 Whitehead Street, Key West
Truman Little White House
The Harry S Truman Little White House in Key West, Florida was
the winter White House for President Harry S. Truman for 175 days during 11
visits. The house is located in the Truman Annex neighborhood of Old Town, Key
Tours 7 days a week, 365 days a year
every 20 minutes from 9am until 4:30pm daily
111 Front Street - Key West
Ripley's Believe It or Not!
A franchise, founded by Robert Ripley, which deals in bizarre events and
items so strange and unusual that readers might question the claims.
108 Duval Street
Historic Key West Cemetery
Key West's unique and intriguing cemetery lies in the heart of Old Town.
The main entrance and Sexton's office are at the intersection of Angela and
Margaret Streets. The cemetery sits in a nineteen acre park-like setting where
Bahamian mariners, Cuban cigar makers, Spanish-American War veterans, soldiers
and civilians, millionaires and paupers, people of all races
Summer hours: 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Winter hours: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Fort Zachary Taylor
The Fort Zachary Taylor State Historic Site, better known simply as Fort Taylor,
(or Fort Zach to locals), is a Florida State Park and National Historic Landmark
centered on a Civil War-era fort located near the southern tip of Key West,
The park is open from 8:00 a.m. until sundown, 365 days a year.
The fort closes at 5:00 p.m.
Dry Tortugas National
If you are a Civil War buff this is a must trip
if you are visiting the Florida Keys. Fort Jefferson is the largest coastal fort
built in the 1800s.
West Martello Tower
Visitors to the Key West Garden Club and the Joe Allen Garden Center, the club's
meeting and educational facility, are invited to stroll the brick pathways
through graceful arched courtyards and lush, colorful foliage of the West
Martello Tower, a Civil War fort and a National Historic Site.
Center of Higgs Beach
Nancy Forrester's Secret Garden
I work passionately to
save the last undeveloped wooded acre of open land in the heart of "old
town" Key West to help life on Earth and to provide environmental education
to the public. Each of us can bring innovative action to our lifestyle to be
harmonious with nature
Old Site: http://www.nancyforrester.com/
The Key West Botanical Garden is home to many exciting species. New
visitors will enjoy seeing our beautiful plants and regularly visiting
animals, while experienced naturalists can use our checklists to enhance
their adventures. Living not too far I stroll these gardens often.
5210 College Road
on Stock Island
Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday Just checked this out and it is a
great place to take the kids even if you are an older one. Most all the displays
are up with lots of interactive exhibits. The hardest thing is trying to find
it. Just take Southard Street like you are going to Fort Zachary Taylor. Just
before you get to the park entrance look to your right you will see a big
parking lot with a tan color building. That is it. Now if your like me you can
just ask the ranger at the park gate and he will point it out. With a visit here
you will get a good understanding of the Florida Keys eco system hence their
name. It is planned to be fully open a must see for Key West newest attraction.
Saving the best for last it is one of the few things in Key West that is free.
Key West Aquarium
Perhaps one of the most unique aquariums in the world, the Key West Aquarium has
delighted visitors since 1934. Come join us and see for yourself the beautiful
indigenous sea-creatures of Key West and the Florida Keys.
1 Whitehead St.
Key West, Florida 33040
Reef Relief Headquarters
& Environmental Center
We focus on rigorous Science to Educate the public & Advocate
policymakers to achieve Conservation, Protection, and Restoration of coral
reefs. Encourage and support eco-tourism as part of sustainable
community development that protects and preserves coral reef ecosystems
631 Greene Street Key West, FL 33040