What Fun Things To Do In Key West, The Southernmost City In The Continental US

Somewhere in the US state of Florida is a charming island city. It is called Key West. It lies at the end of a long chain of islands that is known as the Florida Keys. It is the southernmost city in the continental United States. It may appear on paper that Key West is close to Miami, especially when looking at a zoomed out map. However, Key West is further away than people may realize.

In fact, if one were to drive from Miami to Key West, that will take around 3 and a half hours to reach Key West via US Highway 1. But, the trip to Key West is very much worth it. Key West is serenely surrounded by two large bodies of water. They are the Gulf of Mexico to the northwest and the Atlantic Ocean to the south and east. Below are my suggestions for what fun things to do in Key West during your next visit.

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Southernmost Point Monument

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This is arguably the most iconic place in Key West. This is the location that has been specifically marked as the southernmost point in the continent United States. It is right here where Key West is famously only about 90 miles away from Cuba. The monument itself is a painted concrete buoy with markers on it.

This monument is about 18 feet above sea level. It is located on the corner of South and Whitehead streets on the city’s Atlantic waterfront. The monument was originally marked by a simple small sign before it was eventually upgraded to the iconic monument that it is today.


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One of the things that set Key West apart from many other destinations in America is that you can go snorkeling. Snorkeling is basically when you go underwater in the sea to explore stunning coral reefs. With snorkeling, you can stay underwater for an extended time without having to return to the surface to catch a breath. During your time underwater, you can observe many colorful fishes living and swimming in the coral reefs.

Snorkeling in Key West is done through companies that provide snorkeling services. You will arrive to the snorkeling area via a catamaran ship.

Half-Day Cruise with Kayaking and Snorkeling

One snorkeling activity that I would suggest you book for is Half-Day Cruise with Kayaking and Snorkeling. This will be done by Danger Charters. In addition to snorkeling underwater, you will be able to ride around in a kayak. Professional guides will be on hand. There will also be light snacks provided along with soft and alcoholic drinks. You will be provided with snorkeling gear to wear for snorkeling.

The admission price starts at $86 per person for this activity. You can go here to buy your passes.

Key West Full-Day Power Adventure: Sailing & Watersports Package

If you are in search of an activity that includes much more than just snorkeling, this is a great activity for you. In addition to snorkeling, you will be given three hours of free time to choose which water-related activities you want to do. The options are jet skiing, parasailing, kayaking, and paddle boarding off of a floating barge. There will be professional guides to help you with learning how to snorkel underwater.

There will be continental breakfast, buffet lunch, and afternoon snacks for you to enjoy. There will also be soft and alcoholic drinks available. You will also be provided with equipment needed for snorkeling, kayaking, and parasailing. The admission price for this activity is around $149 per person. Sebago Key West is the company covering this activity. You can get your tickets here.

Harry S. Truman Little White House

This museum was once used as a winter home for Harry S. Truman who was the President of the United States from April 1945 to January 1953. This beautiful house was nicknamed the Winter White House because it was used during his presidency as a winter home whenever he was on a winter break from the White House.

This house includes the original furnishings and memorabilia that were there during the days of the former US president. Other US presidents such as Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, and Bill Clinton were also known to have used this house during their visit to Key West. During you visit, you can learn about the presidency and life of Harry S. Truman.

This museum is also surrounded by the gorgeous botanical garden. That is also open for you to tour. There is also a gift shop onsite. The admission prices for this museum are $20.27 for adults and $9.68 for children aged 4 to 12. Free admission is granted to these aged under 4. You can go here to get your tickets.

The Beaches

Key West wouldn’t be what it is without scenic beaches in which to enjoy the sun, sand, and water. Here are a couple beaches I would suggest you head out to.

South Beach (Key West)

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This beach is located at the south end of Duval Street facing the Atlantic Ocean. This is the southernmost beach in the continental United States. This beach is only a short walk to the Southernmost Point Monument. It is also only a short walk south of the heart of Key West on Duval Street where there are plenty of dining and shopping options.

The water itself is warm, shallow, and blue. This is also where the famous writer and playwright, Tennessee Williams, used to take a daily swim.

Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park Beach

This beach is located on Howard England Way on the Gulf of Mexico shore of Key West. If you are into both beach and history at the same time, then this historic beach is for you. This is where a civil war-era fort once stood. There are still parts of the fort at this beach today as a reminder of the history. There is also a picnic area available to use at the beach.

The beach also has a more natural surrounding. So, if you prefer a more secluded beach, this is a beach for you.

These are some suggestions for what fun things to do in Key West during your upcoming visit. Key West is a rewarding destination once you reach the scenic island city at the end of US Highway 1.

The Hotel

Let me guess, you want a hotel to stay overnight at. Did I guess right? If so, great! Here is one especially nice hotel that I would suggest you to stay at.

Oceans Edge Key West Hotel & Marina

This is currently the newest hotel in Key West. The hotel is located on Peninsular Ave in Key West. This hotel has a Key West-style conch architecture style which combines Caribbean and Victorian influences. The hotel property has a dense tropical flora which includes palm fronds, coconuts, key limes, and orchids. There is an onsite restaurant called Yellowfin Bar & Kitchen.

As the name of this hotel indicates, there is a full service marina at this hotel. There are a whopping 6 saltwater swimming pools at this hotel. In order to reflect the Florida Keys feel, all of the hotel rooms and suites are designed with bright, crispy decor and furnishings. All of the hotel rooms and suites comes with gorgeous views of the Atlantic Ocean.

At a minimum, you can look forward to WiFi, mini refrigerators, and microwaves. The average rate for a standard room at this hotel range from $221 to $819. You can explore your booking options and/or view some photos by going here.

So, what are you thoughts? Have you dreamt of visiting a place like Key West? Feel free to leave a comment

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