When you’re talking about Key West, it’s always the perfect time to plan a weekend getaway for you and a significant other. Enjoy the warm weather and all the lively attractions on and offshore. If you’re wondering what the best things to do for couples in Key West are, here’s a few popular suggestions.
Explore Fort Jefferson and the Dry Tortugas National Park
For a full day of adventure, head 70 miles offshore aboard the Yankee Freedom III and discover the unspoiled Dry Tortugas National Park and Fort Jefferson. You’ll enjoy a guided tour of the fort, snorkeling in crystal clear waters and an incredible boat ride into nearly uncharted territory. Enjoy breakfast, lunch and a full bar on your journey.
Snorkel the Reef
If you’d rather explore the reef closer to the mainland, then a Key West snorkeling excursion with Fury Water Adventures is the way to go. Sail seven miles offshore to the Sand Key Lighthouse or one of the other destinations along the third largest reef in the world for a three hour trip. You’ll spot midnight blue parrotfish, sea turtles, angelfish and so much more during this time of year when the reef is particularly vibrant.
Order a Rootbeer Barrel at the Green Parrot
The Green Parrot is easily Key West’s most beloved bar. Located on Whitehead Street one block off Duval, this open air bar is perfect for a drink anytime of day. The weekends draw large crowds for live music and you can hang out inside or on the surrounding sidewalk. There’s pool tables, darts and free popcorn. For a local’s only experience, order the root beer barrel shot, made with a root beer liqueur shot dunked into a small glass of Miller Light–tastes just like root beer and it packs a punch.
Head to Fort Zachary Taylor State Park and Beach
If you’re up for a beach day, head to Fort Zachary Taylor State Park and Beach for a perfect family outing. Tour the fort, walk the nature trails or grill out on one of the many communal grills. You can also head straight to the beach where you can rent beach chairs and snorkel equipment. If you don’t feel like bringing grilling supplies, not to worry. The fort offers a great snack bar with plenty of tasty options to choose from.
Take a Dip at the Southernmost House Pool
One of the most picturesque buildings in Key West, the Southernmost House with its pink and sea foam Victorian splendor is a true Old Town gem. Head to the southern end of Duval Street to this historic home where $10 gains you access to the zero entry pool overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and a cocktail. Not a bad deal. Oh, and keep your eyes peeled for the resident bunnies–yes, bunnies!