For almost 200 years, the Seaport has been a focal point for much of the economic and cultural life on the island.
The Seaport (also known as the "inner harbor" or as "Key West Bight") primarily served as a base for vessels used in fisheries, coastal shipping, and other maritime trades. That longstanding tradition resulted in an ambiance and character which was uniquely "old Key West."
In November of 1992, Key West voters approved municipal acquisition of the Seaport. Nowadays, the original maritime activities of the Seaport have mostly given way to the current mix of marine-related businesses. But, visitors can still get a glimpse into the past by looking at the "wayside historical markers," that are posted along the Seaport Harbor Walk.