The Best Things to do in Key West
Old Town Trolley Tour
This tour is a hop-on hop-off trolley ride. Experience the best of the city at your own pace while learning about each stop. With this trolley tour, you can hop off at whatever stop you are interested in and then hop back on when you are ready to go to the next location. This is a great way to learn about the city since it is narrated and it is perfect for those who want an overview of the city in order to choose what activities they want to do next. There are thirteen stops in total including Mallory Square, The Gates Hotel, and the Southernmost Trolley Stop. The tour lasts approximately 1.5 hours and trolleys depart every thirty minutes.
Walk among some of the most beautiful creatures in the world at the Key West Butterfly Conservatory and botanical garden. Under this climate-controlled, glass-enclosed habitat, you'll find over fifty different species of butterflies, over twenty exotic bird species, waterfalls, trees, and so much more. The butterflies inside of the enclosure are not collected from the wild; they come from a captive breeding program that is beneficial to the environment. Kids will love interacting with the creatures and parents will love learning about their life cycle through a 15-minute film and Learning Center. This area is filled with so much information and many interesting facts about the amazing butterfly. This self-guided tour experience of the conservatory is perfect for people of all ages.
See the Florida Keys from a new perspective. With a helicopter tour, you will get an aerial view of the most popular spots in the area. Fly fast and fly low as you zoom across the Florida Keys. With many different flight options, you will be able to see which popular attractions you wish and more! Spot sea life including coral reefs, dolphins, sea turtles, and more as you take in the beautiful views. Helicopter tours are great for all ages and any occasion.
Sail the Seas
Get out on the water and experience what makes the Keys so beautiful. Since the island is only about four miles long and one mile wide, water is a huge part of the culture of the island. Spending time out on the water is the perfect way to connect with nature and the world around you. The natural beauty of the sea will leave you feeling relaxed and ready for your next adventure and a Key West sunset on the water is something that you cannot miss. There are plenty of opportunities for sailing around the Gulf of Mexico which is something you don't want to pass up! Take a cruise on a boat, go kayaking, rent a jet ski, go scuba diving to the reef, experience snorkeling, go fishing off of the shore or deep-sea fishing, take a sunset cruise, or try plenty of other water sports as well.
Key West Aquarium
This historic aquarium opened in February of 1935. Construction took two years to complete and opened as the first aquarium to use an 'open-air concept' that allowed natural sunlight to illuminate the marine displays. In the 1960s, a roof was added to the aquarium to cut down on algae in the tanks. Today, it is home to sharks, stingrays, turtles, tropical and game fish, and other various species of fish found in the waters of Key West. People of all ages will love learning about the creatures that inhabit the waters around the world and especially around the Florida Keys.
Other popular attractions in the area include the Key West Lighthouse, Key West Shipwreck Museum, the Key West Cemetery, West Martello Tower, Fury Water Adventures, the marine sanctuary, the Conch Train Tour, the Key Lime Shoppe, and Sloppy Joe's. A visit to this destination will be something that you will enjoy and remember for the rest of your life. You will want to take another trip year after year.