Travel Guide to Key West
A 45-Minute Drive South of Our Resort
A trip to the Keys would be incomplete without a visit to Key West’s fascinating historic district and bustling waterfront, located just 45 miles south of Marathon, and an ideal recommendation in our Florida Keys travel guide. Famed for its nightlife, attractions in Keys West include:
- Mallory Square.
Alive with jugglers, mimes, musicians and street arts, Mallory Square is a mecca for shopping and dining. Spectacular sunsets are celebrated nightly with this Key West attraction.
- Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum.
The home and gardens of America’s legendary, late Nobel Prize winner have been lovingly preserved at this Registered National Historic Landmark and is essential to your itinerary of Key West activities.
- Heritage House Museum & The Audubon House
View original furnishings, rare antiques and artifacts collected by generations of a prominent Key West family.
- Key West Museum of Art & History at the Custom House.
Explore the cultural history of Key West.
- Lighthouse and Keeper’s Quarters Museum.
Once essential to the ships navigating the South Florida waters, today the lighthouse museum displays an array of objects that show the maritime history of the Florida Keys and the life of the lighthouse keepers and their families.
- Fort East Martello Museum and Gardens.
Fort East Martello was built during the Civil War era and was never completed, it was built to resemble the Martello watchtowers in Italy. Today, this attraction in the Florida Keys serves as a Museum displaying memorabilia of the Florida Keys, sculpture and a world class botanical garden.
- St. Paul’s Church.
The oldest church in the Florida Keys, built in 1919 after two other churches were destroyed, one by a hurricane the second one by a fire. St. Paul’s church is known for its beautiful stained glass windows, which are insured by Lloyds of London.
- Southernmost Point.
A giant buoy that points out the southernmost point of the continental United States, just 90 miles from Cuba.
- Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine.
A Shrine dedicated to the Lady of Lourdes by Sister M. Louis Gabriel and her fellow nuns, to protect Key West residents from Hurricanes.
- Key West Cemetery.
Located in the center of the Old Town, it is a must see. It is a display of the quirkiness that make the Florida Keys attractive; it is also a lesson in history and culture of the United States and the Florida Keys
- The Mel Fisher Treasure Museum displaying a sampling of the vast fortune in gold coins and jewelry found in the sunken Spanish galleon, The Atocha, by the world renowned shipwreck salvager, Mel Fisher
- The Key West Aquarium Featuring shark feedings, large sea turtles and a childrens’ touch tank
- The Butterfly Conservatory featuring live butterflies in an ideal habitat
- The Key West Historic Seaport area with live music and great food overlooking an active harbor
- The Key West Botanical gardens featuring a variety of spectacular plant species and gardens
- Fort Zachary Taylor, State Park with civil war fortress and Beach
- Duval Street main shopping and famous Bar district including Sloppy Joes and Capt. Tony’s bars