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  Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden  

Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden

The purpose of this organization shall be to preserve, develop, expand, and maintain the historic Key West Botanical Garden as an arboretum, botanical garden, wildlife refuge, and education cener. The garden shall showcase flora that are native to South Florida, Cuba, and the Caribbean and shall emphasize cultivation of threatened and endangerd species of the Florida Keys. This orgainzation will encourage study of this collection and promote the benefits of native vegetation worldwide. The society will also provide education programs for all age groups and various levels of interest geared to Keys residents, tourists, plant expers, and others. The only frost-free tropical forest in the continental United States that is an outdoor setting presenting native, threatened, and endangered plants and wildlife through self-guided tours.

Address: P.O. Box 2436 / 5210 College Road
Hours: 10 am - 4 pm daily (except holidays)
Phone: 305-296-1504
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Audubon House
 

Audubon House & Tropical Gardens

The home of Capt. John H. Geiger, harbor pilot and master wrecker, was built between 1846 and 1849. Slated for destruction in 1958, it was saved by the Mitchell Wolfson Family Foundation, a nonprofit educational institution. This large scale restoration was the first of its kind in Key West, thus sparking the restoration movement in Key West. Antique enthusiasts will appreciate the unique quality of the furnishings displayed in the Audubon House Museum. All furnishings reflect the elegance and comfortable living enjoyed for a wealthy family in Key West during the mid-1800’s. 31 of the original hand colored Antique engravings of the 22 birds J.J. Audubon painted in the Florida Keys during his 6 week visit in 1832 can be seen throughout the House. In addition to informative reading panels, an introduction to the property and its history will be given by your guide, and then you will roam the house and gardens at your leisure. Varieties of orchids and bromeliads emerge from the foliage and trees to surprise you with their vibrant blooms. Native plants and exotics provide an environment that is reminiscent of old Key West. Trees and plants are labeled with their common names, Latin names, and country of origin. This is the finest tropical garden in the Florida Keys. You may even catch a glimpse of some of our local birds! The garden tour also includes a self-guided visit to the Cook House. Houses of the period in the Florida Keys did not have inside kitchens as they were sources of heat and of course, fire hazards. A visit to the Audubon Gallery of Fine Arts will take you through the wonderful world of original Audubon Antique hand painted lithographs. The original Antique prints of some of J.J. Audubon’s contemporaries are also available for sale. The Museum Shop offers a wide selection of unique one-of-a-kind gifts, home décor, Antiques and educational materials. Our lush tropical gardens can be the site of your event:, whether you are planning a wedding or a corporate event. Let us make your event happen.

Address: 205 Whitehead Street
Hours: Every day from 9:30AM to 5:00OPM, except Christmas Day. Last tour leaves at 4:30PM. Some early closings for special events.
Phone: 305-294-2116
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Conch Tour Train

ALL ABOARD and welcome to 400 years of history, family fun and excitement! See the Best on the tour that's been entertaining visitors to the Island City since 1958. The Conch Tour Train is one of Florida's most popular attractions, and for a good reason. Our expert 'engineers' and friendly staff have delighted over 10 million guests with the legends and lores of this charming tropical paradise. We'll take you back to the days before civilization when fierce Indians left their enemy's bones to bleach in a tropical wilderness naming the island Bone Key. Together, we'll explore a lush tropical island and discover the charm and grace of one of America's most unique architectural treasures. We'll get to know the characters like John James Audubon, Ernest Hemingway and Harry S. Truman and, like them, become captivated by the magic that is Key West. From bold Spanish explorers and brave 'wreckers' to the great cigar barons and sponge magnets ... we'll transport you to the golden age of settlement through the exciting railroad days, the depression and World War II. There's so much to see and learn! SEE THE BEST OF KEY WEST on the World Famous Conch Tour Train.

Address: 1805 Staples Avenue
Hours: 364 Days a Year, closed the last Saturday in October for Fantasy Fest. Tours depart every 30 minutes from 9am-4:30pm. All schedules are subject to change.
Phone: 305-294-5161
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  Curry Mansion  

Curry Mansion Inn

Nestled on the grounds of the former Curry estate in Key West, Florida, the Curry Mansion Inn offers guests a relaxed yet luxurious setting-recalling the graciousness of an earlier era. Adjoining the mansion are elegant rooms surrounding a tropical courtyard and sun-drenched heated pool. Rooms feautre wicker and antiques- as well as wet bars and small refrigerators, beds draped in handmade quilts, ceiling fans, air conditioning, cable television and private baths. Guests of the Curry Mansion enjoy complimentary breakfasts and daily cocktail parties. The Inn has a pool, hot tub and passes available to Fort Zachary Taylor state park. For $5, a self-guided tour of the mansion is available daily.

Address: 511 Caroline St
Hours: 8:30 am to 7:30 pm daily for the inn. 8:30 am to 5:00 pm for the tours.
Phone: 305 294-5349
Toll Free: 1800 253-3466
     
 
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Danger Charters

When you sail with Danger Charters, you sail to another world and time; to a place where the wildlife is still "wild", and your interaction with nature is intimate and authentic. You feel as if you’ve stepped back in time, back to the days when the Florida Keys backcountry was home to traditional, shallow-draft sailing craft, captained by local water men that had grown up sailing and navigating the notorious shallows and challenging narrow channels of the Florida Keys. On your backcountry tour, you will only be visiting the very best snorkeling sites available. We have access to sites that are often inaccessible to others. Sticking to the areas that are only known by the locals, you will have the chance to view the best areas based on the day of your tour. The Mangrove Islands await you in this backcountry kayaking expedition. You will have a chance to travel with a knowledgeable and friendly guide that will help you explore the vast and wondrous islands. As you explore the area you will experience all there is to see in this sensitive yet beautiful ecosystem on Mangrove Island. Canopied canals serve as your stream, as you paddle through the beautiful ecological wonder and view tropical birds, sharks, sport fish, and other plants and animals. Danger’s captains and crew are committed to providing guests with an unparalleled, natural island experience. Available for weddings, special events and private charters too.

Address: 404 Cactus Dr
Hours: Summer Hours Full-Day 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM Half-Day (morn) 10 AM - 2:30 PM Half-Day (even) 3:30 PM - Sunset Wind & Wine 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Full Moon Sails varies Winter Hours Full-Day 9 AM - 4 PM Half-Day (morn) 9:30 AM - 2 PM Half-Day (even) 3 PM - Sunset Wind & Wine 6 PM - 8 PM
Phone: 296-3272
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Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum
 

Hemingway Home and Museum

Explore the tranquil environment where one of America's foremost authors and Nobel Prize winner, Ernest Hemingway, penned many of his most notable works. Visit the decsendents of his legendary cats. Step back in time with a guided tour of the home and gardens. The Hemingway Home can be the your venue for Weddings and Corporate events. Visit hemingwayhome.com/weddings email: weddings@hemingwayhome.com

Address: 907 Whitehead Street
Hours: Open 365 days from 9-5. Adult $13.00 Children 6-12 $6.00 5 and under are free
Phone: 305-294-1136
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  Harry S Truman Little White House  

Harry S Truman Little White House

The Harry S Truman Little White House is one of Florida's greatest historic treasures. The home was used as the White House of the United States during the Truman administration. Step back in time to experience the house as it was redecorated for President Truman in 1949. Most of the furnishings are original and used by President Truman. It was also used by inventor Thomas Edison, who resided here for six months while perfecting 41 new weapons for the Navy during WWI. President Truman first came to use the site as a vacation retreat that became the functioning Winter White House from 1946 through 1952. Later Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Carter and Clinton found it the perfect vacation get away. In 2001, Secretary of State Colin Powell selected it as the site for international peace talks between the governments of Armenia and Azerbaijan. A fully narrated guided tour of the site informs and entertains as you visit the site. A free printed guide allows visitors to discover the tropical flora that make up the surrounding botanical gardens that form a park-like setting for the Little White House. The Harry S Truman Little White House is the perfect venue for corporate dinners and bridal ceremonies and receptions. The canopy of trees filled with twinkling lights bring about magic moments. Open daily for tours from 9 am until 4:30 pm. A museum store offers unusual presidential books, gifts and souvenirs.

Address: 111 Front Street
Hours: 365 Days a Year. Open 9am-4:30pm. All schedules are subject to change.
Phone: 305-294-9911
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Key West Aquarium

Perhaps one of the most unique aquariums in the world, the Key West Aquarium has delighted visitors since 1934. Open for business during the Great Depression, the Aquarium was Key West’s first attraction. The Aquarium was built between 1932 and 1934, and was a major part of Key West’s attempt to stage an economic recovery by advertising their city as “America’s Caribbean Island.” Today, Key West hosts millions of visitors and the Aquarium showcases marine life indigenous to the Florida Keys. Discover the undersea world at the Key West Aquarium. A Window of Wonder comes alive as expert guides explain the mysteries of the water surrounding the Florida Keys. Daily shark and turtle feedings and the Touch Tank offer guests hands on experience with sea life. The Aquarium features a wide variety of fish including grouper, moray eels, barracuda, tropical fish, tarpon, sharks, parrotfish and much, much more.

Address: 1 Whitehead Street in Mallory Square
Hours: 365 Days a Year. Open 10am-6pm. Tours and Feedings are 11am, 1pm, 3pm, and 4:30pm. All schedules are subject to change.
Phone: 305-296-2051
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  Key West Shipwreck Museum  

Key West Shipwreck Museum

Step back to Key West of 1851 and discover the treacherous world of shipwrecking and how it made Key West the richest city in the United States. Live actors, artifacts, and a 65' lookout tower make the experience one of a kind. Guests will enjoy a video presentation about the shipwrecking industry that is filled with interviews, film clips and rare underwater footage. Hear the story of the Isaac Allerton, which wrecked off of Key West in 1856. On display are many of the treasures from the wreck of the Isaac Allerton. Visitors step back 150 years in history as they meet Asa Tift in his warehouse. The families whose fortunes were made in this exciting yet dangerous industry reveal their stories. Climb up to the 65' Lookout Tower and watch the reef for wrecks like the wrecking captains of the 19th century.

Address: 1 Whitehead Street in Mallory Square
Hours: 365 Days a Year. Open 9:30am-5pm. Last show at 4:40pm. All schedules are subject to change.
Phone: 305-292-8990
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  Old Town Trolley Tours® of Key West  

Old Town Trolley Tours® of Key West

See the best of Key West on our 90 minutes tours. We are Key West’s most comprehensive tour, covering over 100 points of interest. Get off at any of our convenient stops to shop, dine or sightsee then reboard a trolley and it’s on with the tour. You may get off as many times as you like as you make on complete loop. Our trolleys come by each stop at least every 30 minutes. Tour at your own pace. Sit back while our expert tour guides turn back the pages of history to the days of Indians, pirates, wreckers, and the Civil War. Your Old Town Trolley ticket is your passport to fun and adventure for the whole family. Our local guides combine colorful anecdotes, humorous stories and well researched historical information into a fast moving narrative that is entertaining and educational. Our expert guides have been extensively trained and are proud to share the history, lore and legends of Key West. Please ask questions. We guarantee your satisfaction or we will give your money back.

Address: 122 Simonton Street
Hours: 365 Days a Year, closed the last Saturday in October for Fantasy Fest. Tours depart every 30 minutes from 9am-4:30pm. All schedules are subject to change.
Phone: 305-296-6688
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Sunset Water Sports

Sunset Watersports is Key West's oldest and largest Water Sports company with 4 locations since 1984. Offers: Parasail $29 AM flights, Reef Snorkel Trips $35, Sunset Cruises $30, 2 Beach Locations offering Sailboats, Kayaking, Wind Surfing, Chairs & Umbrellas, Safari Tours & Boat Rentals. The World's 1st Water Sports Party Boat Company introduces our NEW 2 Million Dollar Air-Conditioned 149 Passenger Party Cat. For Only $99; includes the following activities:Wave Runners, Snorkeling, Water Skiing, Kayaks, Banana Boat rides, 20 ft High Iceberg Slide, Sun Fish Sail Boat, Wind Surfing, Mini Slide, and Knee Boarding. "Guaranteed To Wear You Out!" Also includes a FREE grilled lunch (Hamburgers, hot dogs, vegetable platters, chips and soft drinks.) FREE draft beer on the cruise in. Our full Galley service, 2 Full Bars, Dance Floor and Surround Sound System is Perfect for your Private Charter, Wedding or Sunset Dining Experience!!! Call for Information 305-294-1500.
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Address: 201 William Street
Hours: 9:00 AM til 9:00 PM
Phone: 305-296-2554
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  Yankee Freedom II - Dry Tortugas National Park  

Yankee Freedom III - Dry Tortugas National Park Ferry

Almost 70 miles, (112.9 km) west of Key West, Florida nestled among spectacular coral reefs, fascinating shipwrecks, and sandy beaches, lie seven undeveloped coral and sand islands called the Dry Tortugas. These islands, along with surrounding coral reefs and waters, make up the Dry Tortugas National Park. Snorkeling, kayaking, camping, legends of pirates and sunken gold have drawn visitors to this national park from all over the world. On Garden Key, the centerpiece of these pristine islands, stands Fort Jefferson – America’s largest and most spectacular 19th-century coastal fort. Fort Jefferson itself is a six-sided building constructed of 16 million handmade red bricks. In 1825 a lighthouse was built on Garden Key to provide warning to sailors about the dangers of reefs and shoals surrounding the Dry Tortugas. The Yankee Freedom III, Key West’s premier ferry to the Dry Tortugas, departs daily at 8am. Upon boarding at 7:30 at the Key West Ferry Terminal, you will enjoy a continental breakfast of fresh fruit, freshly baked bagels, doughnuts, cereal, orange juice, and coffee. En route to Dry Tortugas National Park our on board naturalist will give you an orientation about the area and the national park's surroundings. You can travel inside the main cabin in air-conditioned comfort or outside on one of the observation decks watching for sea turtles and dolphins. Upon arriving at Dry Tortugas National Park, passengers will disembark at Fort Jefferson and have the option of joining a 45-minute guided tour. Following the tour, you will enjoy a complimentary buffet of fresh deli meats and cheeses, potato and pasta salad, chips, soft drinks, and water included. The Yankee Freedom III will take you to Dry Tortugas National Park and back again at a speed of up to 30 m.p.h. with safety and comfort like no other ferry operating out of Key West today.

Address: 251 Margaret Street
Hours: 364 Days a Year (closed Christmas Day).
Open 8am-8pm.
All schedules are subject to change.
Phone: 305-294-7009
Toll Free: 800-634-0939