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Top Choice Museum in Key West

Museum of Art & History at the Custom House

Those wanting to learn a bit about Key West history shouldn't miss this excellent museum at the end of the road. Among the highlights: photographs and archival footage from the building of the ambitious Overseas Hwy…
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…
Top Choice American in Key West

Blue Heaven

Proof that location is nearly everything, this is one of the quirkiest venues on an island of oddities. Customers (and free-roaming fowl) flock to dine in the ramshackle, tropical plant-filled garden where Hemingway…
Top Choice Seafood in Key West

Thirsty Mermaid

Aside from having a great name, the pint-sized Thirsty Mermaid deserves high marks for its outstanding seafood and stylish but easygoing atmosphere. The menu is a celebration of culinary treasures from the sea, with…
Top Choice Gardens in Key West

Nancy Forrester’s Secret Garden

Nancy, an environmental artist and fixture of the Keys community, invites you into her backyard oasis where chatty rescued parrots and macaws await visitors. Come at 10am when Nancy gives an overview of these marvel…
Top Choice Cultural in Key West

Fantasy Fest

Akin to New Orleans' riotous Mardi Gras revelry, Fantasy Fest is 10 days of burlesque parties, parades, street fairs, concerts and loads of costumed events. Bars and inns get competitive about decorating their prope…
Top Choice Bar in Key West

Green Parrot

The oldest bar on an island of bars, this rogues’ cantina opened in the late 19th century and hasn’t closed yet. Its ramshackle interior – complete with local artwork littering the walls and a parachute stretched ac…
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 1930s with wife No 2, a Vogue fashion editor and (former) friend of wife No…
Bar in Key West

Pilar Bar

Inside the Saint Hotel, this small, convivial bar deserves special mention for its outstanding Bloody Marys – among the best you'll find in this country. It's also a great setting for a cocktail and high-end pub gru…
Museum in Key West

Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center

This 6000-sq-ft center is one of the best places in the Keys to learn about the extraordinary marine environments of South Florida. Start off with the 20-minute film which has some beautiful footage of life among th…