Top things to do in Key West

Top Choice Museum in Key West

Museum of Art & History at the Custom House

This excellent museum, set in a grand 1891 red-brick building that once served as the Customs House, covers Key West's history. Highlights are the archival footage from the building of the ambitious Overseas Hwy (an…
Top Choice American in Key West

Blue Heaven

This is one of the quirkiest venues on an island of oddities – customers, together with free-ranging fowl, flock to dine in the ramshackle, tropical plant-filled garden where Hemingway once officiated boxing matches…
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 – 'A sunny place for shady people' being one of its mottos – this rogues’ cantina opened in the late 19th century and keeps going. Its ramshackle interior, with local artwork on t…
Top Choice Seafood in Key West

Thirsty Mermaid

The lovely Thirsty Mermaid serves outstanding seafood in an elegant, easygoing space. The menu is a collection of sea-life culinary treasures such as an oyster bar, ceviche, middleneck clams and caviar. Among the ma…
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. She gives an overview of these marvelously intelligent an…
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 result of all these raucous forces is Mallory …
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…