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Key West Lighthouse: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Miami: Key West Bus Tour

1. From Miami: Key West Bus Tour

Embark on a full-day tour of Key West from Miami. Feel the Caribbean atmosphere of the Florida Keys and explore at your own pace. See important sites, including Hemingway’s House, or opt to swim in the sea. Start with a 4-hour drive across 43 bridges and 31 islands to America's “Caribbean Islands,” the Florida Keys. The string of islands and islets, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, leads to Key West, the only frost-free city in the continental United States! Once in Key West, experience a Caribbean atmosphere complete with friendly street artists, lively outdoor cafés, and alfresco restaurants. Spend some time exploring Key West on your own. Book lovers might like to visit Ernest Hemingway’s House to see the former home of the famous author. Or, if you prefer, you can go to the southernmost point of the continental United States at the famous "90 miles to Cuba" Monument. Explore museums, such as the Mel Fisher Museum, the Light House Museum, or Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum (tickets not included). Feel the pulse of Key West at Mallory Square next to the cruise ship port. You may also choose to add one of our most popular adventure activities, such as a snorkeling trip to see tropical fish, a ride in a glass-bottom boat, or the hop-on and hop-off sightseeing trolley bus (tickets not included in the price). Depart Key West at 5:30 PM for the drive back over the bridges and islands.

Florida: Key West Overseas Highway Self-Driving Tour

2. Florida: Key West Overseas Highway Self-Driving Tour

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! Begin your sunshine-filled journey just an hour outside Miami, Florida: on Key Largo. Start the scenic 100-mile drive bypassing the ‘African Queen’, the iconic Hollywood riverboat. Follow in the historical footsteps of the Overseas Railroad to Plantation Key, the smuggler's haven. While there, check out Big Betsy, the giant lobster, and Theatre of the Sea, home of the original dolphin shows. Continue through Isla Morada while learning about the hurricanes, ecosystems, and wildlife of the tropical Florida Keys. Explore Anne’s Beach, Long Key, and Marathon, each of which contains unique attractions. Cross over the iconic Seven Mile Bridge and make sure to check out Fred the Tree, the famous spirit of the Keys. Journey past Pigeon Key and Geiger Beach until you reach the most famous Key of all: Key West. In popular Key West, discover Mallory Square, Truman’s White House, the Hemingway Home, Tennessee Williams’ House, and the historic lighthouse. Wrap up your tour at the Southernmost Point of the Continental US.

Key West: Southernmost Food and Cultural Walking Tour

3. Key West: Southernmost Food and Cultural Walking Tour

Celebrating the Cuban and Caribbean influences on both food and culture, enjoy a 3-hour guided small group experience. Visit 5 different locations, carefully chosen to help you check off those "must try" dishes that Key West is known for. Enough for a hearty lunch, tastings are served from locally adored eateries, unique "hole in the walls", and family-owned ethnic restaurants. Discover the spots that the locals frequent to eat, drink and discover the island. Between tastings, explore the island’s different cultural neighborhoods and rich history through the generations. Your knowledgable local guide will share stories of the local industry, Key West's colorful past, and historical landmarks. After the tour, explore Old Town with confidence and take advantage of recommendations on restaurants, attractions, entertainment, and cultural offerings. You'll also receive a collection of exclusive recipes, ensuring that you can enjoy memories from this tour for many years to come.

Florida Keys: Self-Guided Walking Tour

4. Florida Keys: Self-Guided Walking Tour

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app. This serves as your personal tour guide, narrated tour, and map, all rolled into one. Once downloaded, your tour begins at the intersection of Duval Street and South Street. From there, unearth the island’s wild history and hear about the fights over its ownership, including how a Spanish naval officer sold the island to two people at the same time! As you keep walking, learn about the wreckers who once salvaged materials from destroyed ships! Then meet some of Key West’s literary legends, including larger-than-life Ernest Hemingway. Pay a visit to the Hemingway Home and Museum and learn how he left his mark on the island. Next, you’ll go back to 1886 and revisit the infamous Great Fire. Unearth the devastation and the possible arson behind the tragedy. Then get to know Henry Flagler. Hear how he fought to connect the Florida mainland with Key West by rail and learn about the challenges he overcame in the process! You’ll also get the story behind the hurricane that ultimately destroyed his railroad. On another wild note, you’ll discover the famed pirates who terrorized the area and seized riches. Meet Black Caesar and separate fact from fiction. Up next, stop by Harry Truman’s “little” White House and find out which other presidents spent time here. After that, stop at the Audubon House and Tropical Gardens. Dig into the house’s history and meet Captain John Geiger, whose family occupied it for four generations! Learn about the efforts to restore the home and how this movement helped create the Key West you see today! Your journey then takes you to Clinton Square, which features monuments that pay tribute to both Union and Confederate soldiers and highlights Key West’s complicated history. Next is Mallory Square. If you’re there at the right time, take part in the famed Sunset Celebration, featuring music, vendors, and other entertainment. Learn how playwright Tennessee Williams started this beloved ritual with a bottle of gin! Walk on to Duval Street, the heart of Key West. Take in some of the many bars and shopping options, including the famous saloon where Hemingway once tossed a few back! Then take a spooky turn at a haunted Hard Rock Cafe. Hear the ghost story that distinguishes this cafe from the others! Next, pass by La Concha Key West, the hotel where Tennessee Williams finished his famed play, A Streetcar Named Desire. As the journey winds down, hear about Mel Fisher and the greatest underwater treasure find of all time! After that, maybe enjoy a cup of Key West’s rich Cuban coffee or delicious key lime pie. Next is the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory, featuring over 50 butterfly species for the insect-inclined. Your tour concludes here.

Key West: Self-guided old town treasures walking tour

5. Key West: Self-guided old town treasures walking tour

Find out why Key West attracted so many cultural legends on a self-guided walking tour of the quirky old town. Starting from Mallory Square, follow the precise directions of your audio guide mobile app to learn the fascinating history behind the people and places that make the island so special. Starting from the Memorial Sculpture Garden in Mallory Square, you’ll discover the stories behind Key West’s most famous sights, including the residence of former President Harry Truman, Florida’s oldest bar, the hotel where Tennessee Williams stayed for ten years and the so-called longest street in the world. Along the way, you’ll learn how salvaging shipwrecks transformed the city, why the buildings’ aesthetics are so strictly controlled, how the city became known as the ‘Conch Republic’ and why there are so many chickens running around.

Key West: Museum Culture Pass For 4 Great Museums

6. Key West: Museum Culture Pass For 4 Great Museums

The Key West Museum Culture Pass, offered by the Key West Art and Historical Society, is your golden ticket to a treasure trove of cultural and historical wonders in this vibrant island paradise. With this pass in hand, you're not just unlocking doors; you're opening portals to a bygone era, where the whispers of Tennesse William's musings and the colorful strokes of local artists come to life. Use this Museum pass to enter any of the museums within 60 days of your selected date and gain backstage entry to the island's rich tapestry of history, art, and heritage, making sure you don't miss a beat of Key West's captivating story. Get ready to visit The Key West Art and History Museum at the historic Customs House, The Tennessee Williams Museum, The Key West Lighthouse, and Fort East Martello, featuring the infamous Robert the Doll. The spirit of Key West's past awaits, all with the swipe of your Culture Pass at your pace. Take a day, take a week, or ride a bike between locations. It's the ultimate invitation to dive deep into the island's soul.

Key West: History and Culture Southernmost Walking Tour

7. Key West: History and Culture Southernmost Walking Tour

Start your journey at the famous Kino Sandals Plaza, where you will meet with your local guide. On your walk listen to stories about how Key West became one of the wealthiest cities in the mid-1800s. Learn about the island’s shipwrecking industry, sponge harvesting, and cigar manufacturing.  The end of the tour will end at a buoy showing the Southernmost Point of the continental U.S. Here, your guide will give you free maps so that you can continue to explore the various shops,  museums, and other points of interest along this section of the island.

Florida Keys: Self-Guided Driving and Walking Audio Tour

8. Florida Keys: Self-Guided Driving and Walking Audio Tour

Embark on a self-driving journey through the Florida Keys, beginning at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park to explore its unique ecosystem, accompanied by an app that will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Step aboard the historic African Queen, followed by a scenic drive along the Overseas Railroad Bike Path. Learn about the impactful hurricanes of the Keys and indulge in the famous Key lime pies. Discover the birds of the Keys and see quirky Manatee Mailboxes on Plantation Key. Visit the King of the Wreckers exhibit and a Sandal Factory before marveling at Big Betsy, the Giant Lobster. Take in the lush Palm Trees and enjoy interactive experiences at the Theatre of the Sea. Learn about the Hurricane of 1935 at Islamorada, the Purple Isle, and relax at the Green Turtle Inn. Next, explore diverse Fish Habitats and visit Robbie's of Islamorada. Continue through Anne's Beach, showcasing residents, visitors, and the endangered ecosystems. Long Key State Park offers natural beauty, followed by insights into the Weather of Florida Keys. Encounter dolphins of the Keys and visit the Dolphin Research Center. Relax at Sombrero Beach in Marathon and drive across the iconic Seven Mile Bridge. Discover Pigeon Key, Fred the Tree, Little Duck Key, and Missouri Key. Enjoy RV parks and Bahia Honda State Park with its historic railroad bridge. Mangroves and No Name Key lead to Big Pine Key and the National Key Deer Refuge. Witness gators of the Keys and continue to Little Torch Key, Ramrod Key, and Geiger Beach. See Big Coppitt Key and the Naval Air Station Key West. Discover Stock Island and the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden. In Key West, visit Dredgers Key, Key West Yacht Club, Mallory Square, Zero Mile, The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, Key West Lighthouse, and the southernmost point of the continental US, completing your experience.

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Our guide, Chris, was great - lots of interesting information about Key West and great recommendations for restaurants and bars. He was a wonderful conversationalist. The restaurants on our tour and the food/drinks they served were excellent!!

Well paced and informative walk on the history & development of Key West. Tour was jut over the 90 mins and well worth cost. Our local guide also provided some great tips on drinking/dining and entertainment venues.

Pleasantly surprised by the quality of this excursion. The guide was really very very friendly and the journey went very well, the deadlines were respected and the trip was very good and very pleasant

Our guide was outstanding. The tour was really good and informative.

It was great, guide was very informative and we learned a lot!