Key West Attractions
Located within a short walk of Center Court’s properties are many Key West attractions worth visiting.
A visit to Audubon House and Tropical Gardens is a step back in time to the world of a maritime pilot and master wrecker in mid-19th century Key West. The grand home that is now known as Audubon House was built by Captain John Huling Geiger in the 1840s as a residence for his family.
The Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden is the only frost-free botanical garden in the continental United States, a tropical environment with ample rain that allows most trees to retain their leaves in the dry season (December through late May). It is home to many endangered and threatened flora and fauna. Unlike traditional botanical gardens, this garden advocates the education and protection of native plants and species in a natural conservation habitat. Tropical forests of the world hold at least half of all the variety of life on Earth.
One of the Key West Art & Historical Society’s museums. The Key West Lighthouse you will find to be quite land-locked now but it wasn’t always like that. Located just across the street from the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, the lighthouse has a keepers quarters you can tour and you may make the journey up the steps to the top of the lighthouse for a spectacular view of our tiny island.
Located at 907 Whitehead Street and nestled in the heart of Old Town Key West, this unique property was home to one of America’s most honored and respected authors. Ernest Hemingway lived and wrote here for more than ten years. Calling Key West home, he found solace and great physical challenge in the turquoise waters that surround this tiny island. Step back in time and visit the rooms and gardens that witnessed the most prolific period of this Nobel Prize winner’s writing career.
The Harry S Truman Little White House is one of Florida’s greatest historic treasures. The home was used as the White House of the United States during the Truman administration. Step back in time to experience the house as it was redecorated for President Truman in 1949. Most of the furnishings are original and used by President Truman.
Mel Fisher Maritime Museum is the only fully accredited museum in the Florida Keys. That means we’re more than just an exciting adventure story. We’re also a nationally recognized research institution. Yes, we have amazing treasure in our 1622 Fleet exhibit of the Spanish galleons discovered by Mel Fisher and his crew, and we have so much more!
Feel your stress fade away as you enter our magical world of butterflies. Relax and be amazed as you stroll through our tropical paradise. Walk through a magical and inviting environment filled with hundreds of the most beautiful winged creatures in nature.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium – The strangest place in Key West! An interactive exhibit of the odd, bizarre, and unusual. Featuring over 550 exhibits in 10,000 square feet of air conditioned comfort. As seen on TV. Your self-guided tour will take you through 15 themed galleries containing some of the most unusual objects, items, and collections, in the world.
ALL ABOARD and welcome to 400 years of history, family fun and excitement! See the Best on the tour that’s been entertaining visitors to the Island City since 1958. The Conch Tour Train is one of Florida’s most popular attractions, and for a good reason.
The mission of the Key West Art & Historical Society is to preserve the culture of the Florida Keys through exhibiting and displaying regional art, architecture and history for the purpose of educating the community and visiting public.
Key West Aquarium – Perhaps one of the most unique aquariums in the world, the Key West Aquarium has delighted visitors since 1934. Open for business during the Great Depression, the Aquarium was Key West’s first attraction. The Aquarium features a wide variety of fish including grouper, moray eels, barracuda, tropical fish, tarpon, sharks, parrot fish and much, much more.
Mallory Square has always been the hub of Key West’s social and commercial life from the time of the city’s beginning in the early 1820’s. It is where master wrecker Asa Tift’s ships’ laden goods from the shipwrecks would dock and then be stored in his warehouses on the waterfront.
Yankee Freedom III – Dry Tortugas National Park Ferry – Almost 70 miles, (112.9 km) west of Key West, Florida nestled among spectacular coral reefs, fascinating shipwrecks, and sandy beaches, lie seven undeveloped coral and sand islands called the Dry Tortugas. These islands, along with surrounding coral reefs and waters, make up the Dry Tortugas National Park.
70 miles west of Key West, FL lies North America’s most inaccessible National Park, the Dry Tortugas. The park is renowned for its marine life, pirate legends and sheer unspoiled beauty. It is dominated by its central feature, the majestic Fort Jefferson, the largest brick building in the western hemisphere.
Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum – Step back to Key West of 1851 and discover the treacherous world of shipwrecking and how it made Key West the richest city in the United States. Live actors, artifacts, and a 65′ lookout tower make the experience one of a kind.
You have made it to the Southernmost Point in the Continental United States! The massive, brightly painted buoy that marks the Southernmost Point sits on land and is visited and photographed more than most buoys.
Key West Attractions Association
Our Key West Attractions Association has plenty of great information on tours, trips, charters and things to do around the island.
The Florida Keys & Key West
The Florida Keys official tourism website offers vacation planning for all kinds of Key West activities plus great articles and photos on the history and festivals and events.