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25 Things You Have To Do in Key West

A trip to Key West is not complete without experiencing some of the local culture! Explore these 25 things to do in the Key West while enjoying your stay at the Sheraton Suites Key West.

  1. Enjoy a very serene Key West Sunrise equally as beautiful as the famous sunsets.  It is a tranquil time and worth experiencing if you are up early!
  2. Take in a show at one of the three famous theatres including the Waterfront Playhouse, The Red Barn Theatre and the Tennessee Williams theatre which is renowned for traveling shows. 
  3. Keep in shape both mentally and physically at the Coffee Mill Cultural Center-Located one block from White Street and Truman Avenue. Hand drumming, aerobics, stretch and meditation, yoga on many levels and several forms of dance are offered.
  4. Visit the Customs House which was built in 1891. It served as a post office, court house and government center when wrecking made Key West the richest city, per capita, in the U.S.  In the 1930s, the island city went bankrupt. Eventually, the building was boarded up and completely abandoned.  It was renovated and after a 9 year-year, $9 million restoration project, the Key West Art & Historical Society has transformed it into a wonderful museum.
  5. Visit Peppers of Key West Headquarters.  There you will find the best hot sauces, hot sauce gifts and fun products of all things hot and spicy. Don’t worry if you hear screams in the background, it is a normal occurrence from patrons sampling the in-store's Free Hot Sauce Tasting Bar.  
  6. See a drag show
  7. Relax and Rejuvenate at the Spa on Sunset Key
  8. Have a sunset dinner at Latitudes on Sunset Key
  9. Visit Robert Frost Cottage-The home actually belong to the Porter Family, Robert Frost lived in the cottage in their back garden.  If you enjoyed the Hemingway House, we recommend a stop here too.
  10. Sip on some coffee at one of the local coffee shops. Sippin Coffee located right off Eaton Street provides outdoor tables with comfortable sofas and chairs.  The Coffee Plantation house on Caroline Street at Elizabeth offers fresh baked pastries, with an open air shop and comfortable seating on the front porch. The Coffeehouse resembles a historical plantation house. 
  11. Set sail and visit the “original” Captain Tony. There are actually two Captain Tony’s in Key West.  Located right off of Duval Street is the “smaller” Captain Tony’s.  This is where Jimmy Buffet started his career and the watering hole for Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams.
  12. Cemetery
  13. Follow in the footsteps of the legendary Fisherman bars in the Keys. A “must see” for anyone wishing to experience the “real” Key West.  A must see is a little bar-restaurant called “Nobody Knows.” While there, check out the cool old fishing trawlers, some of which have been operational for over 50 years.
  14.  Travel down the “Back Country” flats in the Gulf and see the sharks, rays, barracudas, wading birds, mangrove islands and lots of beautiful colors in the water.
  15. Attend Sunset Celebration at Westin Sunset Pier
  16. Night kayak or SUP paddle board.  2000 lumens Nocaqua LED lights are attached to the bottoms of the paddle boards and clear kayaks so you can experience night paddling. Fish and crabs, octopus and stingrays follow the paddling illuminated tour to give you an exclusive show of their nightly activities.
  17. Take a picture at the Southernmost Point of the United States
  18. Climb aboard the WWII Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk-This is a nonprofit museum supported only by veterans and Volunteers.  All proceeds go towards the restoration.  
  19. Take one of many walking tours
  20. Go to Kermit’s Key Lime Shop-This Shop is known for having the best key lime selection including sauces, seasonings, candies, fresh key lime juice, cookies, jelly beans and oils. They also offer samples of every product carried in the store, so you can sample before you buy.  A really great place to shop when you crave key lime!
  21. Visit the eco-discovery center
  22. Play around at the Key West Golf Club
  23. Experience the World’s smallest bar. It’s a landmark on Duval Street.  Have  drink and brag to your friends that you visited smallest bar in the world!
  24. Visit Key West many Family friendly attractions
  25. A must see is the Key West's African Refugee Cemetery. This  is a unique American Heritage Site that is believed to be the only African refugee cemetery in the United States.
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