Key West – while known for its sunny skies & crystal blue waters – also has some fabulous indoor activities PERFECT for a wet, rainy day! Here are just a few of our favorites…
1. Catch a Flick
Soak up some big screen fun at one of two movie theatres on the island. Regal Cinemas located on Roosevelt Boulevard hosts more of the newer, main stream movies, while Tropic Cinema downtown Key West shows more artsy & classic films. Both theaters have complete movie listings, trailers, & show times online with the option to purchase tickets in advance and skip the wait! Check them both out to get a taste of what’s hot & new on the filmmaking front, as well as a glimpse at some fabulous timeless pictures or those not generally shown on the big screen (at least not recently). Whether you have action junkies, horror lovers, romantics, or old souls in your group, you’re sure to find something for everyone. So load up the gang, pick a movie or 2, and settle in with some popcorn!
For more information, visit Regal Cinemas and Tropic Cinema
2. Visit the Eco-Discovery Center
The 6000+ square foot facility is bursting with fun, interactive exhibits sure to entertain any island visitor! Explore Mote Marine’s “The Living Reef” display containing a 2500 gallon reef tank filled with fish & live corals, a live reef cam, a video about coral spawning, and other interactive coral stations. Step inside a mock Aquarius – the only undersea laboratory dedicated to marine science — that lets you take a virtual 1600ft dive to experience the beautiful marine life and see how scientists work under sea! Investigate the “Terrestrial Exhibit” highlighting above-water eco-systems including upland pine lands, hardwood hammocks, mangroves, beaches. Other showcases underline dunes, seagrss flats, and deep shelf underwater communities — many with interactive tanks, touch stations, and flat screens. Lastly, be sure to visit the gift shop (translation ladies…SHOPPING) for unique gifts, book, etc. Proceeds go towards educations programs to further educate people on the environment so shop away!!
(PS…admission is FREE!)
For more information, please visit www.eco-discovery.com
3. Tour the Key West Lighthouse
Take a full tour of this infamous Key West attraction stuffed with intriguing records, untold stories, and fascinating artifacts. This little piece of rich, Key West history was essential in assuring the safe arrival of both military and commercial vessels navigating the shallow, reef-laden waters off the Florida Keys, and has seen many a visitor and story in her time! For example, did you know that when it opened in 1848 the lighthouse boasted a woman Keeper — nearly unheard of during the 19th center!? (we LOVE that we have always dared to be different!). Technological advances did away with the need for someone to fill this role and today this sentinel of the sea stands as a museum dedicated to Key West’s maritime heritage and to the men & women who bravely kept the light burning through the threats of war and weather. Visitors can walk up the 88 steps to the top of the light as well as explore the belongings, photographs, and words of the many Keepers and their families who lived a now obsolete – yet unforgettable – way of life. Definitely an experience unmatched anywhere else!
For more information, please visit www.hwahs.org/visit/lighthouse-keepers-quarters