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History, Art & Culinary Adventure in Key West

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Key West may be best known for it's laid-back beach mentality, Key Lime pie, and margaritas but there is a rich historical and cultural component to this beautiful city. While the food and nightlife is world renowned there is a diverse array of museums, historical sites and educational opportunities. Key West has become the perfect destination for a romantic weekend getaway, a Spring Break extravaganza, or a family adventure for fun in the sun.
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516 Duval St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
The San Carlos Institute was founded in 1871 by Cuban exiles who came to Key West to campaign for Cuba's freedom from Spain. The original building was elsewhere and burned to the ground. The present building was erected in 1890. The interior was...
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701 Pauline St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
Ironically referred to as 'one of the liveliest spots in Key West,' this cemetery, dating from 1847, is full of character. Located in the 'dead center' of Key West in Old Town, its main gates open at the corner of Margaret and Angela streets....
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200 Greene St, Key West, FL 33040, USA

This museum showcases treasures from 17th- and 18th-century European and English shipwrecks discovered in the waters around Key West. Artifacts include navigational instruments, armaments, silver and gold ingots, cannons and shackles from slave...

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1316 Duval St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
The Key West Butterfly Conservatory is home to over 50 different species of butterflies. Take a walk along the exotic environment and have fun trying to keep track of all the different birds and butterflies you see along the way. Before you go be...
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816 Duval St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
Finding a really good croissant outside of France can prove to be difficult, but the last place you would expect to find a really good French croissant is party-town Key West, Florida! These folks have the real deal and if you are searching an...
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107 Fitzpatrick St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
Want to do a bit of shopping in Key West and really help support the local economy? Kino Sandals are affordable and handmade by skilled craftsmen at their Key West Factory. The store was opened in 1966 by Cuban immigrants, and is now managed by...
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511 Greene St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
If you're in Key West and need a quick Key Lime fix, then stop in the Key West Key Lime Pie Co. shop and order up a slice of one of their freshly made pies. After you've eaten, spend some time browsing the store full of key lime-flavored goodies....
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For decades, the name 'Ron Jon' has been synonymous with beach and surf style. The Key West branch of this island attire mecca sells more than just clothes. Souvenirs, surf accessories, and electronic gadgets are just a few of the things you'll...
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200 Elizabeth St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
If you thought Key Lime was only limited to pies, take note: Kermit's Key Lime shop in Key West has everything from Key Lime Candy to Key Lime Jelly. Pop in to one of two Key West locations, and sample treats, or bring them home to share if you...
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602 Greene St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
Voted the #1 shop in Key West on Trip Advisor Peppers has hundreds of different hot sauces to take home as the ultimate Key West souvenir. Ranging in heat from mild to 'weapons grade' there is a flavor suited to anyone who loves to use this...
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500 Duval St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
No trip to Key West would be complete without stopping for a drink at the famous Jimmy Buffett Margaritaville. Prepare to relax, enjoy great food, and soak in the laid-back Key West mentality. You can opt for one of their popular cheeseburgers in...
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218 Duval St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
Open until 4 a.m. this bar lives up to the Coyote Ugly name. It's wild and crazy so don't be surprised if you see the bartenders spit fire or pull you up onto the bar to dance. Isn't this what Key West is made for?
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6505, 115 Duval St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
Bagatelle combines an upscale dining experience with a relaxed, beach attitude. The lounge, which is open from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m., also serves brunch and dinner. Menu favorites include the bananas foster french toast and the ahi tuna. Don't...
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211 Duval St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
As the unofficial No. 1 party spot in Key West Irish Kevin's has music seven days a week-often from 10:30 a.m. to close! In addition to the bar there is also an extensive draft selection and rotating seasonal/craft beer options. If you get the...
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202 William St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
Voted best locals bar six years in a row Schooner Wharf is the quintessential Key West bar. Its relaxing atmosphere and nightly live music make it the perfect place to dock your boat at and have a few drinks. Be sure to try their Schooner...
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528 Front St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
Launched in 2006, this bar boasts over 150 rums and an extensive collection of craft beers. Known most for its bar selection, Rum Barrel also offers many classic American dishes like Philly cheese steak and flatbread pizza. Be sure to check out...
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601 Whitehead St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
Chances are that when you return home after your trip to Key West, someone will ask you if you went to the Green Parrot. It's that kind of iconic bar, the kind your parents' friends ended up at over spring break in college long ago. The...
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400 Front St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
The Hog's Breath Saloon on the corner of Duval and Front Street in the heart of Old Key West has been in business since 1988. The Saloon was a hit from the day it opened. It's a place to enjoy lunch or relax after a day of swimming, fishing, or...
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231 Margaret St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
This authentic Key West restaurant prides itself on their ceviche prepared in the traditional Peruvian style. With spectacular views of the water the ambiance of this restaurant is surpassed only by its delicious menu. Be sure to stop by on Monday...
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201 Duval St, Key West, FL 33040, USA

No place is quite as synonymous with the Key West spirit as Sloppy Joe’s, which has been around since 1933 and was a regular hangout for Ernest Hemingway; the bar even hosts an annual Papa look-alike contest, with white-bearded men competing...

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410 Wall St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
Family owned since 1986 Pepe's is the best spot in Key West for authentic Cuban cuisine. Every night at sunset the Caribe of Key West, the only local salsa band, perform. While one of their most popular dishes is the shredded pork with yellow rice...
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301 Whitehead St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
Part restaurant, part historical site, and part brewery, this spot is as diverse as the people who love it. Kelly's is located in the original Pan American Airways office and is home to a local writers library. While dining there be sure to try...
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729 Thomas St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
Blue Heaven is a favorite in Key West—Jimmy Buffett even mentioned it in one of his famous beach tunes. The whimsical courtyard is filled with brightly colored tables and chairs, twinkly lights, foliage, and stray animals. The bar and...
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530 Simonton St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
Sarabeth's restaurant is a local favorite, loved for its unique breakfast offerings. From lemon ricotta pancakes to pumpkin waffles, there's sure to be something on their menu that you haven't seen before! Some of their most popular breakfast...
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108 Duval St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
The Key West Odditorium offers over 10,000 square feet of bizarre, odd, and unusual exhibits. From an eight-foot-tall statue of Captain Jack Sparrow made out of car parts, to a shrunken torso owned by Earnest Hemingway, there will be numerous...
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1 Whitehead St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
Think you're brave enough to feed sharks while visiting Key West? You will have your chance to do that and so much more at the Aquarium. If sharks aren't quite your thing there is a touch pond suitable for all ages, an alligator exhibit, and even...
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2 Duval St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
Fury offers several water sports packages for the Keys. I chose the parasailing, jet skiing, and snorkeling package. For about four hours I was in the waters about a mile or two off Key West crashing waves on a jet ski and holding on for my life...
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1 Whitehead St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
The Key West Shipwreck Museum transports visitors back to 1856, when the young city's port had more than 100 ships passing through daily. Because of the coral reefs, shipwrecks were common at the time and salvage...
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205 Whitehead St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
The Audobon House, built in the 19th century by Captain George Geiger, now serves as an incredible time portal to the past in Key West. The house is filled with furniture similar to what you would find in Key West in the mid-1800's. It also...
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429 Caroline St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
Taking a nighttime ghost tour of Key West is one of the best ways to see a unique side of the city. Throughout the tour you'll stop by haunted Victorian mansions, the original hanging tree, Key West's oldest mansion, and many more ghoulish sites....
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Key West may be known best as a beach destination, but the island offers plenty of cultural and educational experiences as well. The Key West Museum of Art and History focuses on educating locals and visitors on the art, architecture, and history...
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8311, 111 Front St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
This wood house was originally intended as officers' housing on the island's naval base, but became famous as the Little White House when Harry S. Truman used it as a base of operations for several extended stays during his...
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1 Whitehead St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
Although I try to walk as much as possible when traveling, sometimes I just want to sit back, give my feet a break, recharge, and take in the sights. For this kind of rejuvenating experience in Key West take the Old Town Trolley tour. Specialty...
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907 Whitehead St, Key West, FL 33040, USA

Key West’s most famous literary resident, Ernest Hemingway, lived in this two-story Spanish-colonial villa for nearly a decade and composed several of his best-known works here. His second wife, Pauline, insisted they add a pool to the...

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1075 Duval St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
When people first find out that I live in Florida one of the most common questions I receive is, "have you seen a dolphin?" Yes, I have! Growing up near the beach I've been fortunate enough to see them regularly and a trip to Key West wouldn't be...