Today’s blog is dedicated to places to visit while vacationing in Key West.
We are going to give you the top five hot spots that are worth spending your precious vacation time on:
1. Key West Cemetery: because it has tombstones and memorials in just about every style. Generations overlap with a grave from the 19th century up against one from the 1990s. Markers are made out of wood, metal or brick. You could call it chaos. But it’s the real Key West in death as in life – never boring! Learn more from the Historic Florida Keys Foundation’s cemetery tour. Call to book at 305-292-6718
2. The Tropic Cinema : because our home grown theater rocks. The independent movie theater serves up foreign films, provocative documentaries, and off beat indies. The tropic also hosts special events like a Sound of Music Singalong or good old fashioned Saturday matinee for kids. As a bonus: being Key West, the snack bar includes pairings of craft beers and wines with your popcorn.
3. The Key West Wildlife Center (1801 White Street) because extraordinary tropical wildlife lives here with us. The center is a combination of nursing home shelter for native wildlife that get into trouble including birds, turtles and marine mammals with the aim of releasing them back to into the world.
4. The Key West Light House because our light houses are more than beacons. Wander the keeper’s quarters of the Light House (938 Whitehead Street) to see how the guardians of safe shipping lived in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Then hike to the top for one of the island’s best aerial views. Light house enthusiasts must travel to Dry Tortugas National Park (roughly 70 miles west of Key West in the Gulf of Mexico) where a small light house stands atop the brick walls of Fort Jefferson on Garden Key. Three miles away the 150 foot Loggerhead Light House still shows the way where the Gulf meets the Florida Straights.
5.Secret Gardens of Key West – because we have so many of them and most of them are FREE. Find your way to some fantastic public outdoor spaces at the Key West Garden Club (1100 Atlantic Blvd.), Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Gardens on Stock Island (5210 College Road), and look for tours organized by the Old Island Restoration Foundations (www.OIRF.org). To help create your own Key West oasis – vegetative or decorative- go to MARC Plant Store (1401 Seminary Street). Run by one of the island’s favorite nonprofits (Monroe Association for Remarkable Citizens)