Key West has many remarkable, interesting and downright amazing things to see and places to visit, including museums, historic sites, beaches and much more. The Key West Info Center can plan your vacation so you don’t have to waste time searching for something to do or see.
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THE HEMINGWAY HOUSE
Ernest Hemingway, the American author whose ideas of courage and honor in a confusing and hostile world remain as inspiration to this day. Experience the calming contrast that this Key West home offered this complex man as you take a leisurely and inspiring tour of his mansion and gardens.
THE AUDUBON HOUSE
The Audubon House & Tropical Gardens offer a relaxing, educational environment for families and visitors of all ages. Slated for demolition in 1958, the house was saved by the Mitchell Wolfson Family Foundation. The Foundation is a nonprofit educational institution. This was the first restoration project in Key West, and is still considered the gem of the island’s restoration movement.
THE SHIPWRECK HISTOREUM
Enter the world of 1856 Key West… the era of the wreckers. At the Key West Shipwreck Museum you will step back into time as you discover Key West’s unique maritime heritage and how it became the richest city in the United States.
HARRY S TRUMAN’S LITTLE WHITE HOUSE
The Harry S Truman Little White House in Key West, Fl. was built in 1890 as the first officer’s quarters on the naval station. The wooden duplex contained Quarters A for the base commandant and Quarters B for the paymaster. In 1946, Harry S Truman began visiting the island, the first of his 175 days in Key West during his first and second terms in office. Now open as the only Presidential museum in Florida and one of the most popular Key West Attractions!
THE FORT EAST MARTELLO MUSEUM AND GARDENS
Designed after the nearly impregnable coastal Martello watchtowers in Italy, the Fort East Martello was never completed and never saw hostile action. Today its casemates, citadel and courtyard are home to a vast collection of Key West and Key’s artifacts and historical records as well as military memorabilia. The view from atop this Key West tourist attraction affords visitors a spectacular panorama of the Atlantic coast.
KEY WEST LIGHTHOUSE AND KEEPER’S QUARTERS
Built in 1847 to aid to ships navigating dangerous reefs off the lower Keys, the Key West Lighthouse now stands sentinel over one of Florida’s finest historical sites. The tower was originally 46 feet high and powered by 15 oil lamps with 15-inch reflectors, but was extended to 86 feet in 1894. Inside visitors now climb 88 iron steps to the observation deck that affords spectacular views.
KEY WEST LIGHTHOUSE AND KEEPER’S QUARTERS
The living past in a vibrant future. Follow a path once traveled by wreckers, pirates, and politicians to South Florida’s most important historic building. The Custom House, built in 1891, served as a post office, court house and government center when wrecking made Key West the richest city, per capita, in the U.S. But by the 1930s, the island city was bankrupt. Eventually, the building was boarded up and completely abandoned. Now, after a 9-year, $9 million restoration project, the Key West Art & Historical Society has returned the big red brick building to its former glory.
FLAGLER STATION: OVER-SEA RAILWAY HISTOREUM
In 1905, Henry M. Flagler decided to undertake his most daring, expensive endeavor: to link the island city of Key West with the rest of the Florida mainland via railroad. Most said it couldn’t be done, some even referred to it as “Flagler’s Folly.”Flagler Station will take visitors on a journey back to Old Key West, giving them firsthand historical accounts of what it was like to live in Key West back then, what it was like to be a worker on the Railway That Went to Sea, and what it was like to ride the train via video recreations.
MEL FISHER MARITIIME MUSEUM
The Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Society and Museum brings you the essence of the Age of Discovery. From the late fifteenth to the mid-eighteenth centuries, Europeans explored what was to them a whole “New World”.
RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT
THE MOST UNUSUAL MUSEUM IN THE WORLD! This 10,000 square foot, air-conditioned odditorium containing over 500 exhibits is ready to provide you and your family with unbelievable fun and amazement!