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Things to do in Key West

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
History Museum
“Have you seen where Hemingway used to live? Well, you have unique opportunity to experience yourself his residence first hand and feel the vibe old Key West architecture used to offer.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Plaza
“Come two hours before sundown and watch the square turn into street performers everywhere! And then turn your attention to the beautiful, picture perfect sunset! ”
  • 29 locals recommend
Entertainment
“A little bit of everything! Daytime is family friendly. Night time, probably not! ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“Great photos to add to the album, it is the Southern most point of the Continental US! You can walk, ride a bike or drive. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Bar
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“Open since 1933, this bar offers live music & dancing plus a separate tap room for sports-watching. Daily 9am-4am (Sundays opens 12/noon)....Just 90 miles North of Havana, Cuba and 104 miles South of Moon Bay.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“Organic foods and local fish prepared to perfection. The vibe of this place with nighly entertainment cant be beat.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Nature Preserve
“This place is a treat! It is a magical little gem, all though not a large atrium it does have more than 50 butterfly species. It is a great idea if you have a little time. Usually does not need reservations and is recommended to all age groups. The Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory will leave you feeling at peace; it will take your breath away seeing nature at its finest. It is located just off Duval St. They also have great photos and unique gifts. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Dive Bar
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“Always hopping with live music nightly. Frequently hosting bands touring from the East Coast and New Orleans.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Off the beaten path but still old town. Delicious tapas style food, excellent service and great wine. Definitely book a table and make a night of it. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Beach
“Smathers Beach has great sand and is one of the more popular beaches on the Island.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Perfect beach with plenty of shade trees and a Civil War era fort to explore.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Aquarium
“Great for little kids. They let them feed the fish and sharks after their presentations. Its pretty small and old school though. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Museum
“The southernmost "White House" where President Truman vacationed during his presidency. A fun tour for the history buff! Located in Key West. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
History Museum
“Mel Fisher spent 7 years successfully salvaging the 1715 Fleet, a fleet of sunken treasure-laden ships, which sank off the coastline - which is why the surrounding area got the name, "Florida's Treasure Coast". He then went on to discover the main pile of the Nuestra Señora de Atocha in July of 1985. This is the largest underwater treasure find in history. Mel's family continues the search for the remaining cargo of the Atocha today.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Caribbean Restaurant
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“Key West, a U.S. island city, is part of the Florida Keys archipelago. It's also Florida's southernmost point, lying roughly 90 miles north of Cuba. Famed for its pastel-hued, conch-style houses, it’s a cruise-ship stop also accessible from the mainland via the Overseas Highway. It’s known more for its coral reefs – destinations for diving and snorkeling – than for its beaches.”
  • 70 locals recommend
Bar
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“Right on the beach, a favourite of many. Delicious and fun!Salads, appetizers, desserts, cocktails...they have it all.”
  • 11 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Plaza
“Come two hours before sundown and watch the square turn into street performers everywhere! And then turn your attention to the beautiful, picture perfect sunset! ”
  • 29 locals recommend
Bar
“Open since 1933, this bar offers live music & dancing plus a separate tap room for sports-watching. Daily 9am-4am (Sundays opens 12/noon)....Just 90 miles North of Havana, Cuba and 104 miles South of Moon Bay.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“Organic foods and local fish prepared to perfection. The vibe of this place with nighly entertainment cant be beat.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Off the beaten path but still old town. Delicious tapas style food, excellent service and great wine. Definitely book a table and make a night of it. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bar
“Right on the beach, a favourite of many. Delicious and fun!Salads, appetizers, desserts, cocktails...they have it all.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Cuban Restaurant
“Excellent Cuban Food in a neighborhood setting! A home is transformed into a authentic Cuban restaurant! Reasonably priced, large portions, great friendly service!”
  • 11 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Built in 1905! Best oysters and margaritas for happy hour prices. make sure you get there at or before 4:00 and sit in bar area. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Bar
“ "Hog's breath is better than no breath at all," or so the saying goes at the Hog's Breath Saloon, a Key West drinking landmark since it opened in 1976.”
  • 8 locals recommend

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