Attractions

Top Choice Square in Key West

Mallory Square

Take all those energies, subcultures and oddities of Keys life and focus them into one torchlit, family-friendly (but playfully edgy), sunset-enriched street party. The child of all these raucous forces is Mallory S…
Gardens in Key West

Nancy Forrester’s Secret Garden

Nancy, a local artist and fixture of the Keys community, invites you to bring lunch (but no cell phones!) into her oasis of lush palms, orchids and chatty rescued parrots and macaws. Although the place is called a s…
Museum in Key West

Museum of Art & History at the Custom House

There is art at the end of the road, and you’ll find the best at this museum, which is worth a look-see if only for its gorgeous home – the grand Customs House, long abandoned until its impressive renovation in the …
Museum in Key West

Fort East Martello Museum & Gardens

This old fortress was built to resemble an old Italian Martello-style coastal watchtower (hence the name), a design that quickly became obsolete with the advent of the explosive shell. Now the fort serves a new purp…
Cemetery in Key West

Key West Cemetery

A darkly alluring Gothic labyrinth beckons at the center of this pastel town. Built in 1847, the cemetery crowns Solares Hill, the highest point on the island (with an elevation of 16ft). Some of the oldest families…
Gallery in Key West

Studios of Key West

This nonprofit showcases about a dozen artists’ studios in a gallery space located in the old Armory building, which includes a lovely sculpture garden. Besides its public visual-arts displays, TSKW hosts readings, …
Historic Building in Key West

Little White House

While we were first tempted here by the prospect of a Lego-sized model of the presidential digs, this is in fact the spot where ex-president Harry S Truman used to vacation when he wasn’t molding post-WWII geopoliti…
House in Key West

Hemingway House

Key West’s biggest darling, Ernest Hemingway, lived in this gorgeous Spanish colonial house from 1931 to 1940. Papa moved here in his early 30s with wife No 2, a Vogue fashion editor and (former) friend of wife No 1…
Beach in Key West

Fort Zachary Taylor

‘America’s Southernmost State Park,’ this park is oft-neglected by authorities and visitors, which is a shame. The actual fort walls are still standing, and within the compound those most-blessed of nerds – historic…
Historic Building in Key West

San Carlos Institute

Founded in 1871 by Cuban exiles, the San Carlos is a gorgeous building constructed in classical Spanish mission style. The current structure dates from 1924. The interior is spackled with Cuban tile work, Italian ma…