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Top 5 Things to Do in Key West You Need to Try

Key West and the Florida Keys are one of the best sunny beaches in the United States to visit. No matter what you are looking to see or do on your vacation, Key West offers a ton of attractions, it has it all. From relaxation to adventure, to romance, and more, you will find something on this wonderful island. Key West is great to visit any time of the year because the weather is always beautiful. 

Did you know Key West is called the Conch Republic? You can read more about it in my blog post.

boat sailing with the sunset in the back in key west

Top Things to Do in Key West

1) Sunset Cruise

Nothing is more relaxing or romantic than a sunset cruise. Try reserving a sunset cruise for yourself and anyone else who may be vacating with you. Bring a bottle of wine and just sit back and relax. It is the perfect way to leave all the stress and worries of your life behind and enjoy the moment. You may even get lucky and see some dolphins and other marine life on this restful ride.

2) Visit Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park

This historic state park has something for everyone to do and see. It’s open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and has some of the best beaches and clearest water possible. At this state park, you can rest on the beach, go snorkeling, bike through the trails, or simply walk around and observe nature. This beach has great sunset views so you can stay until closing to enjoy it. This state park is a historic site and was home to a Civil War fort. It is a great place to learn about history, relax, and spend time outdoors.

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3) Visit Mallory Square

Mallory Square is one of the main attractions in Key West. This small area is a place to go for shopping, dining, and entertainment. There is always something going on in this area, so if you are in Key West, it is definitely a place that you must visit. It is generally open from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. But, some Key West restaurants and shops may have varying hours.

Learn more facts about Key West here.

4) Go Fishing 

The beaches and waters of Key West and the Florida Keys are unprecedented. They offer clear water, white sand, and an abundance of marine life. Key West is the perfect place to go fishing and it’s known as one of the best fishing locations in the world.

There is a huge variety of fish species caught around Key West. Do some research before you go to learn about the types of fish you might catch. Sites like Live For Fishing have heaps of helpful fishing tips and guides you can read to learn more about going fishing.

on water building in key west

5) Visit Key West Lighthouse and Keeper’s Quarters Museum

This is one of the most noticeable places in all of Key West. On the small island, you can see the lighthouse from miles away. It is a perfect reminder that you are on an island. When visiting this area, you can walk to the top of the lighthouse and see spectacular views. You can see for miles in all directions. While it is a small building, it is a perfect representation of the city itself.

The Keeper’s Quarters Museum is located next to the lighthouse. It showcases the history of the island and also works to preserve the culture of the Keys. Besides educating residents and tourists, there are often displays of art, performances, and history displays.

Final Thoughts

If you are looking to visit Key West, these are some of the things that you should definitely try to do. Key West is a beautiful island, and it is tempting to just sit on the beach all day and enjoy the weather. While this is fun and relaxing, the island has a lot more to offer. Try getting out and doing these things to have some adventure, and learn more about the history, culture, and nature of the island.

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