Crystal blue waters, sandy beaches, and fun in the sun await you in the Florida Keys. Here are the top 7 fun things to do when visiting the Keys:
- Charter a fishing tour – Marathon is the commercial and sportfishing center of the Middle Keys. Charters are easily arranged from here. Settlements on the island can be traced back to the 1800’s. In 1908 Henry Flagler’s overseas railway reached the village of Marathon and became the headquarters of the railroad’s final Key West extension.
- Go snorkeling at a coral reef – John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park – As the only living coral reef in the Continental United States, this national treasure features rich underwater life and a number of shipwrecks giving tourists a glimpse into the history of the region.
- Have a beach day – Bahia Honda State Park – The nicest beach in the Keys and arguably the nicest beach in all of Florida, Bahia offers two separate beaches, picnic areas, and amazing access to the crystal blue waters of the Atlantic.
- Learn about history – Hemingway House – Located in Key West, the former home of Ernest Hemingway is an important piece of Florida’s rich cultural history. Visitors can tour the home and see the many free roaming cats, who are descendants of the author’s pet cats.
- Walk or bike the Seven-Mile Bridge – Visitors can bike, walk, or fish along the Old Seven Mile Bridge between Marathon and Pigeon Key. The bridge was closed in 1983, but the old structure is still used today as a walking and fishing pier.
- Shop, dine, and explore – Mallory Square is a lively area in Old Town Key West that is best known for its nightly sunset celebration. Each evening, entertainers and vendors gather to create a festive atmosphere while tourists admire the iconic sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico. You will find an interesting mix of performances, from tightrope-walking cats and dogs on unicycles to sword swallowing and fire juggling.
- Visit a butterfly sanctuary – The Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory provides visitors with the unique opportunity to wander the glass-enclosed conservatory where nearly 60 species of butterflies soar freely among the plant-filled habitat, accompanied by more than 20 species of exotic birds. Visitors can also learn about the butterfly life cycle in the Learning Center, where you can view a 15-minute educational film, see various exhibits that look at different types of butterflies, and view live caterpillars in all stages of the life cycle.