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11 Epic Things To Do in Key West Florida

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Key West is one of the most fun places to visit in the United States. I used to live in Miami and always enjoyed weekends in the Keys as a great escape from the hustle and bustle. Plus, the drive there is gorgeous on the overwater highway.

We recently visited again as a winter getaway from Minnesota and had so much fun discovering new things to do. Check out these 11 epic things to do in Key West Florida. Which are you doing first?!

Note: this article is sponsored by The Florida Keys. As always, all opinions are my own.

Where to Stay

First, you may be wondering the best place to stay in Key West. We LOVED our stay at The Perry Hotel Key West. The rooms were modern, the grounds were gorgeous, the views of the marina were great and the pool area felt like a resort. We also loved having breakfast and dinner right on site at Matt’s Stock Island Kitchen & Bar.

The only minor issue to note during our stay was the water pressure was really spotty but they knew about that and were working on it. The hotel is also located away from the main area of Key West which we liked but if you want to be within walking distance, check out a different spot. The Perry has a free shuttle available and we saw it running frequently which is a great option.

Two other hotels on our list for a future visit are the gorgeous The Capitana, which has its own beach, and Oceans Edge, which is also on a marina.

1. Snorkel or Sunset Sail with Honest Eco

Honest Eco Key West

When visiting Key West, getting out on the water is a must! There are many great local companies to go boating with but we loved Honest Eco because of their commitment to sustainability. Their cruise sizes are also smaller than some of the bigger companies which I loved especially traveling with a small family. Honest Eco offers healthy, organic snacks and allows you to BYOB.

2. Clear Kayak with Get Up and Go

We love kayaking and paddleboarding around Florida so were SO excited to experience clear kayaking with Get Up and Go. Sadly, we had to miss our tour as I had heat exhaustion but it’s top of my list when we go back. How cool do the clear kayaks look? On the tour, you can check out mangroves plus have the chance to see sharks and other wildlife.

3. Eat Incredible Seafood

If you love seafood, Key West is the place for you! Being surrounded by water means the freshest fish daily at restaurants across the island. Check out these top four spots:

4. Butterfly Conservatory

This is one of the calmest activities you can experience in Key West. We enjoyed a peaceful afternoon walking around and enjoying all of the butterflies. Sometimes they’ll even land on you (just don’t touch them)! I also loved seeing the flamingos. This is a great activity for all ages and especially kids.

5. Take a photo at the Southernmost Point

Southernmost Point Key West

It might be touristy but it’s also a cool memento to have a picture at the southernmost point in the United States! Ryan and I took a photo there 12 years ago and it was so fun to take an updated photo with our son.

6. Tour Hemingway’s House

One of the best things to do in Key West is to take a tour of Ernest Hemingway’s house. I love having a glimpse into the past and seeing such a beautifully designed home with modern conveniences in the 1930’s era was fascinating. I especially loved the pool which was extremely expensive to make (around $400k USD in today’s money!) but a centerpiece of the property. Keep an eye out for the cats, especially the 6-toed cats, which are descendants of one of Ernest’s cats.

7. Take the Seaplane to Dry Tortugas National Park

I would make the trek to Key West just to experience the sea plane to Dry Tortugas again. I get motion sickness so we opted for the 45 flight instead of the 2 hour+ ferry and it was worth the extra cost. Not only did I not get sick, we had the most incredible birds eye views of the ocean, shipwrecks, sharks, turtles and Fort Jefferson.

We spent a 1/2 day there which was sufficient to snorkel and swim, walk around the fort and enjoy the area. If you’d like to stay for a full day or camp, those are options too.

8. Try Key Lime Pie

Of course you should try key lime pie in Key West! We shared a slice at a few spots and I especially loved the unique twists on them.

9. Get Cuban Coffee

Cuban Coffee Queen

Being just 90 miles from Cuba means Key West has great Cuban food and drinks. We enjoyed breakfast and coffee from Cuban Coffee Queen before our trip to Dry Tortugas. I love that they open early as well which isn’t always the case with restaurants in the heart of Key West.

10. Relax with Yoga at Yoga Sanctuary

Yoga sanctuary Key West

One of the most peaceful things to do is Yoga at Key West Yoga Sanctuary. I opted for their free community class where they raise money for a charity of the month. Make sure to bring cash as they don’t take Venmo or other forms of payment!

11. Indulge in a spa treatment at Amri

Best Spa in Key West

We love experiencing different spas when we travel (who doesn’t?!) and especially loved the serene setting of Amri. Ryan and I each enjoyed a 30 minute massage with Bart who is a fantastic therapist. For my massage, they set up the outdoor cabana usually used for couples massages and the setting was beautiful. Highly recommend this spot for a little R&R in a peaceful sanctuary.

Are you ready to make the trek to Key West?! Which of these activities are you doing first?

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