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  • 1 Florida Reef Tract Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    1201 White St.

    The coral reef that lies off Key Largo forms part of the Florida Reef tract, the largest living coral reef system in North American waters and the third-largest barrier reef in the world. It protects almost 200 miles of coastline, descending to depth..

  • 2 Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    907 Whitehead St.

    One of Key West's most legendary figures, novelist Ernest Hemingway (1889-1961) spent his most productive years on the island. Hemingway and his second wife, Pauline, wintered here in the late 1920s, and in 1931 they purchased this gracious stucco ho..

  • 3 Harry S Truman Little White House Museum Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    111 Front St.

    This unpretentious white clapboard home (1890) gives a rare glimpse into the private life of America's 33rd president, Harry S Truman (1884-1972). Beginning with a sojourn to Key West in 1946, Truman spent his "working vacations" over the n..

  • 4 Old Town Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    One of the largest National Historic Districts on the National Register, Old Town boasts diverse architecture, from simple wood-frame vernacular Conch houses and gingerbread-trimmed Victorians to imported Bahama houses and gracious Classical Revival ..

  • 5 Audubon House Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    205 Whitehead St.

    The preservation of this Neoclassical house (1840s) sparked Key West's preservation movement in 1960. The home's preservation is dedicated to famed ornithologist John James Audubon, who visited here in 1832 while working on his authoritative volume B..

  • 6 Eco-Discovery Center Interesting

    Museums and art

    35 East Quay Rd.

    This state-of-the-art 6,000sq ft underwater ocean laboratory allows visitors to view the Florida Reef without getting wet, thanks to underwater cameras and touch-screen computer displays. Journey through other Florida habitats as well, including mang..

  • 7 Pirate Soul Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Park kiddie attraction, part actual museum, the Pirate Soul Museum features animatronic pirates and a collection of nearly 500 pieces of pirate booty. Don't miss the chance to peek at the only authentic pirate treasure chest in America, and the "..

  • 8 Dry Tortugas National Park Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    14 H. St.

    Encompassing 100sq mi in the Gulf of Mexico, the park protects the small cluster of reef islands known as the Dry Tortugas. One of these, Garden Key, is the site of Fort Jefferson, the largest coastal stronghold built by the US in the 19C. The half- ..

  • 9 Key West Aquarium

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Wall St.

    The Key West Aquarium allows visitors a look at some of the sea life found in the waters off the Keys.

  • 10 Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Society

    Museums and art

    200 Greene St.

    Exhibits here recount the story of treasure-hunter Mel Fisher's 16-year search for the 1622 wreck of the Spanish galleon Nuestra Señora de Atocha. A video details the 1985 discovery of the Atocha and its mother lode-valued at more than $400 million-w..

  • 11 San Carlos Institute

    Museums and art

    516 Duval St.

    The roots of this 1924 Spanish Colonial structure date back to 1871, when it served as the hub of social and revolutionary activity for Cubans in Key West. Ground-floor displays focus on José Martí (1853-95), organizer of the second effort for Cuban ..

  • 12 Key West Shipwreck Museum

    Museums and art

    1 Whitehead St.

    The feel of a 19C dockside warehouse is re-created here as actors recount the thrills and hazards of the wrecking business. Exhibits fill two floors with items salvaged from an 1856 shipwreck. The second-floor lookout tower offers a panorama of the i..

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