Key West in Florida Keys is an island paradise where you just cannot feel as left behind from the point of view of fun and memories. On this small island, no matter where you are, the captivators are very near to you. Key West attractions are meant for all ages, right from the lovely beaches to the historic museums. However, it is good to know about the ideal time to explore these varied Key West attractions. It is actually from November to April as there is lot of sunshine, less rainfall, and no hurricanes. May through October is a total stormy season; so it is better to avoid that. One more important fact to know about this island is that driving will make you spend a lot; so I would recommend renting bicycles, scooters, or above all, go for a bus tour that will cost you $8 per week with unlimited use.
Among the beaches on the south side, do explore the crowded Smathers Beach that offers water sports’ concessions as well as volleyball games. More fascinating is the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center at the Truman Annex Waterfront – a zone of learning with interactivity and fun. It features touch screens, spacious theater, and striking photos, which aid in broadcasting a brief idea about the Keys ecosystems featuring mangrove habitats and reef. This is the hot favorite of the families. The latest highlight here is the Living Reef exhibit – a big reef aquarium. And the best part is that the admission is free. Become a real adventurous tourist with the Fury Water Adventures company offering parasailing, snorkeling, kayaking, jet skiing, cruises, rock climbing, water trampoline, reef eco tours, as well as glass bottom boat trips. I would recommend to for its combo packages like Commotion on the Ocean and the Ultimate Adventure.
One of the not to be missed Key West attractions is the Conch Tour Train on the Front Street that takes you on a historic sightseeing tour of the Old Town zone. Spot the Hemingway House, Duval Street, Seaport, and Mallory Square. It will halt only at the last two sites. Next attraction in my list was the McCoy Indigenous Park that is performing a wonderful job of rescuing wounded animals and releasing the healed ones since 17 years. So, here you will come across a myriad of animals ranging from raccoons to sea birds – the total being over 100 at any given time you. You can visit them between 9 am to 5 pm for free, but donations and volunteers are always loved. Regarded as the famous landmark, the Southernmost Point marks the southernmost tip of the continent at the corner of Whitehead and South Streets.
Among the museums, the most exciting one is the ‘A Key Encounter’ nestled on the upper floor of the Clinton Square Market Mall. For no cost, you can explore a Nature Theater that refers to a 3-screen theater revealing all about the animals along with other God’s creations, The Jungle Walk to spot live animals including a long stuffed Anaconda skin, which swallowed a woman in Brazil before many years, and The George M. Kretschmar, Jr. Planetarium.
If you love taking a panoramic view, you have two options. One is the Shipwreck Museum on the Whitehead Street featuring an observation tower, while the other is the Key West Lighthouse on the same street. The latter charges $10 per adult, $9 per student/senior, and nil for children under 6. For some affordable tasty food, try El Siboney on the Catherine Street (Its Cuban).
Among the accommodations, choose from: Curry Mansion Inn on the Caroline Street offering the best rates and Garden House Inn on the Elizabeth Street from $149.