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Key West Sights and Landmarks Guide, Florida

Speaking of Key West sights, sunset, especially seen from Mallory Square, is a breathtaking sight. People, both locals and tourists, gather at Mallory Square regularly to watch this spectacular sight. Nevertheless, what one needs to remember is that Mother Nature has been bounteous with her gifts when it came to beautifying the entire region of Florida from Miami to West Palm Beach. Key West has so many natural attractions. Key West’s rich past, on the other hand, is well preserved in its historic sites and museums and these too feature among top Key West sights.

Key West Sights – Natural Attractions and Island Greens

Key West’s living coral reef, a short distance away from the island in the Dry Tortugas National Park, is a huge hit with the tourists. The reef-area has abundant marine life. Of course, the Dry Tortugas, being tropical islands, in fact, the last islands in the chain of keys, are themselves very attractive. (The presence of the 19th century coastal fort, Fort Jefferson, in Dry Tortugas also adds to its lure).

This city of Florida has its share of gardens and conservatories. Nancy Forrester's Secret Garden in 1 Free School Lane is an excellent example of this. The one-acre lush green paradise is a mini tropical rain forest. The tropical gardens adjoining the Audubon House attracts visitors. Then there is Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory; you will come across different tropical birds and colorful butterflies in this indoor tropical garden.

Key West Sights – Historic Sights

This city has many old buildings, plazas and museums, most of which are to be found in the old town of Key West (it is, in fact, the historic district of the city). This part of the city (to be specific in the Duval Street stretch) boasts of many eateries and entertainment venues that have links to Key West’s past.

One prime historic site is the Key West Heritage House Museum & Robert Frost Cottage. The site houses antiques and artifacts, collectibles and furnishings that have been collected by seven generations of a noted Key West family and a tour of the site unfolds 200 years of Key West’s history and culture before you.

The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum is an important Key West sight. The mansion is in itself grand and to top it all, it has been the scene where the Nobel Laureate author composed his literary masterpieces. Here you will also come across many descendents of Hemingway’s polydactyl cats.

Then, there are the area museums – the Audubon House Museum, Curry Mansion Museum, Flagler Station Museum, Key West Museum of Art & History, Key West Shipwreck Historeum Museum, Lighthouse Museum & Keepers Quarters Museum, Mel Fisher Maritime Museum, Pat Croce's Pirate Soul Museum and The Fort East Martello Museum and Gardens.

Among other important Key West sights are Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park, Key West Aquarium, Tennessee Williams Theatre and the Truman Little White House.

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  • tibiThe Dry Tortugas of Key West
    travel tip by tibi posted more then 30 days ago
    Home of America's most biggest 19th century prison, the Fort of Jefferson, the Dry Tortugas is a compulsory sight to visit, when traveling to Key West. Built, but never finished, between 1846 and 1871, the fort is now a major tourist...
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