Getting around Key West

 

 

1. Southernmost Point 
The corner of South and Whitehead streets
www.southernmostpointwebcam.com

The city of Key West erected this concrete buoy in 1983 to denote the southernmost point in the continential United States.

2. Conch Tour Train 
303 Front St.
305-294-5161 or 888-916-8687
www.conchtourtrain.com

The iconic train has been winding its way through the streets of Key West since 1958.

3. Sloppy Joe’s 
201 Duval St.
305-294-5717
www.sloppyjoes.com

A Key West tradition since 1933, this bar’s famous patrons include Ernest Hemmingway and rum runner Habana Joe.

4. Mallory Square Sunset Celebration 
1 Whitehead St.
786-565-7448
www.sunsetcelebration.org

This nightly festival begins at water’s edge an hour or two before sunset and includes street performers, local artisans, food carts, palmists and psychics.

5. Truman Little White House 
111 Front St.
www.trumanlittlewhitehouse.com

The Little White House adds a presidential luster to the Conch Republic. Originally built for Naval officers in 1890 and used as a command headquarters in three wars, the Little White House later served as lodging for President Harry S. Truman’s winter retreats from 1946 to 1952.

6. The Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum 
907 Whitehead St.
305-294-1136
www.hemingwayhome.com

Take the tour and say hello to one of the 40-50 six-toed cats, all descendants of Hemingway’s cat, Snowball.

7. The Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory 
1316 Duval St.
305-296-2988 or 800-839-4647
www.keywestbutterfly.com

More than 50 butterfly species from around the world and 20 exotic bird species coexist in this climate-controlled, glass-enclosed habitat that includes waterfalls, flowering plants and trees.

8. Mel Fisher Maritime Museum
200 Greene St.
305-294-2633
www.melfisher.org

Exhibits include treasures from the Spanish galleons of 1622 discovered by Mel Fisher and his crew.

9. Mile Marker 0 Sign 
490 Whitehead St. (corner of Fleming Street)

U.S. 1 begins here in Key West and continues 2,369 miles north up the East Coast before ending in Fort Kent, Me. Stop here to commemorate your visit to Key West with a photo next to the iconic Mile Marker 0 sign.

10. Key West Express Ferry Terminal 
100 Grinnell St.
239-463-5733
www.Keywestexpress.net

Traveling via the Express is truly the best way to get between Key West, Fort Myers Beach or Marco Island. You’ll enjoy air-conditioned interiors, exterior sun decks, couches, tables and even reclining airline-style seating. There’s a full-service galley, full-service bar and flat-screen TVs with satellite television.

11. Audubon House and Garden 
205 Whitehead St.
305-294-2116
www.Audubonhouse.com

Original lithographs by John James Audubon are on display in this former home of shipwreck salvager Capt. John Geiger.

12. Key West City Cemetery 
Bordered by Angela, Frances and
Olivia streets and Windsor Lane
305-292-6718
www.historicfloridakeys.org

Stop by the sexton’s office near the entrance at Passover and Windsor lanes and pick up a map that includes a free walking tour.

13. Fort Zachary Taylor State Park and Beach 
At the ocean end of Southard Street
and bordering the Naval Reservation.
305-295-0037
www.Fortzacharytaylor.com

“Fort Zach” is known to locals and tourists alike as one of Key West’s best beaches. In addition to the expansive beach, the 54-acre park has nature trails, bike paths, picnic tables and grills and Historic Fort Zachary Taylor. Enjoy the beautiful view of the Atlantic Ocean and the Key West Shipping Channel. ¦

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