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Florida Keys Points of Interest

Location: Key West | Marathon | Islamorada | Key Largo | Big Pine & The Lower Keys

Key West

  • Southernmost Point - Located at Whitehead and South Streets, this monument marks the southernmost point in the US. It is 90 miles from Cuba and about 150 miles from Miami. The brightly painted marker is popular with camera-toting tourists.

    Whitehead and South Street, Key West, FL

  • Southernmost Home - Built in 1896, this glorious home is now a hotel and museum. More than 125 years worth of documents, letters and photos from Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, various US presidents and more. Admission includes use of pool and cabana bar.

    1400 Duval Street, Key West, FL
    Phone: (305) 296-3141 or (888) 764-6633

  • Hog's Breath Saloon - Hog's Breath is a fun spot for drinks or dinner, or you can just drop by to say you've been there and get a world-famous t-shirt. The saloon features open air dining, a raw bar, live entertainment and a menu that includes pub standards such as appetizers, burgers, salads and seafood.

    Corner of Front and Duval Streets, Key West, FL
    Phone: (305) 296-4222

  • Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory - Visitors can stroll among hundreds of butterflies within a climate-controlled glass-enclosed habitat. Nearly 60 butterfly species from around the world are featured, as well as plants, birds, flowers, waterfalls and lush trees.

    1316 Duval Street, Key West, FL
    Phone: (305) 296-2988

  • Key West Welcome Center - The center's free services can assist you with money-saving discounts for area attractions and activities. Check out the gift shop while you're there.

    3850 N. Roosevelt Blvd, Key West, FL
    Phone: (866) SUN-2-SET (786-2738) or (305) 296-4444

  • Flagler Station - Visit this site to learn about the history and legacy of Henry Flagler's Florida East Coast Railroad Key West Extension.

    901 Caroline Street, Key West, FL,
    Phone: (305) 295-3562

  • Key West Cemetery - Stroll among the whitewashed, above-ground tombs in this historic cemetery for an interesting glimpse into Key West's past.

    Margaret and Angela Streets, Key West, FL

  • Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine - This shrine has protected Key West from hurricane devastation for many years. It is located on the grounds of St. Mary's Star of the Sea Church.

    700 Truman Avenue, Key West, FL

  • Key West Baby Conch Farm - At the Key West Baby Conch Farm, visitors can learn how scientists grow the conch babies that will help restock declining Keys conch populations. Aquarium displays and exhibits are marine-research related.

    631 Greene Street, Key West, FL
    Phone: (305) 294-4403

  • St. Paul's Church - The first church to be built in Key West, St. Paul's had a rocky beginning. The original structure was built of coral rock in 1838 and was destroyed by a hurricane in 1846. A wooden frame church was built in 1886 and destroyed by fire that same year. Another church was built but destroyed by hurricane in 1909. The church that stands today was built in 1919. Its impressive stained glass windows are insured by Lloyd's of London.

    401 Duval Street, Key West, FL

  • Key West Aquarium - The Key West Aquarium was built in 1934 and features sea turtles, sharks, game and tropical fish native to Key West waters. The touch tank allows visitors to pet a shark.

    201 Front Street, Key West, FL
    Phone: (305) 293-7229

  • Key West Lighthouse - Climb the 88 steps to the balcony of the Key West Lighthouse and enjoy the fabulous view of the island and surrounding waters. Built in 1847, with an additional 20 feet added to its height in 1894, the tower was decommissioned in 1969. The Light Keepers Quarters is now home to a collection of lighthouse artifacts.

    Whitehead Street, Key West, FL

  • Dry Tortugas National Park - America's most inaccessible park, the Dry Tortugas National Park is located about 70 miles west of Key West. It includes seven small islands and surrounding waters. Its central feature is the historic Fort Jefferson, a 19th century fort. Bird watching and snorkeling can also be enjoyed at the park. Visitors can be transported to the island via plane, ferry or catamaran.

  • Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park - This 87-acre national landmark is located in the southwest corner of Key West. The fort, named after President Zachary Taylor, was built in the 19th century and is open for tours.

    At the end of Southard Street on Truman Annex, Key West, FL
    Phone: (305) 292-6713

  • Historic Seaport District - Located in the northwest corner of Key West, the Historic Seaport District is just a few blocks from busy Duval Street. Visitors can stroll along the harbor walk and visit a variety of restored historical bars and restaurants. Stores selling tropical clothing and souvenirs are plentiful, and the area offers a great view of the sunset.

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Marathon

  • Dolphin Research Center - Fun and educational dolphin and sea lion demonstrations take place daily. Shake hands/flipper with a dolphin. If you want to get wet, interactive programs are available, including swimming with the dolphins.

    58901 Overseas Highway, Grassy Key, FL
    Phone: (305) 289-0002

  • Pigeon Key - This National Historic Site includes a museum that illustrates the early Keys railroads and the Overseas Highway. A visitors' center and picnic facilities are available, as are snorkeling services.

    1 Knights Key, Marathon, FL
    Phone: (305) 289-0025

  • Marathon Community Theater - Established in the 1950s, this non-profit theater presents four main stage productions per year in the playhouse and first-run movies nightly in the cinema.

    5101 Overseas Hwy, MM 49.5, Marathon, FL
    Phone: (305) 743-0994 or (305) 743-0288

  • Seven Mile Bridge - Enjoy a morning walk on the old Seven Mile Bridge, and observe the array of sea life, including tarpon, sharks, stingrays and more.

  • Marathon Park - This community park features tennis courts, basketball courts, an in-line skating rink, baseball fields, an observation tower, picnic facilities, a jogging trail, a children's playground and more.

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Islamorada

  • Theater of the Sea - This fun and educational park features dolphin and sea lion shows, a guided tour of marine life exhibits and a bottomless boat ride. Interactive programs are available for those who want to wade or swim with dolphins.

    MM 44.5, 84721 Overseas Hwy., Marathon, FL
    Phone: (305) 664-2431

  • Lignumvitae Key State Botanical Site - This tropical forest island is accessed only by boat. It features unique and rare vegetation and fossilized coral rock.

    Lignumvitae Key M.M 78.5, Indian Key, FL
    Phone: (305) 664-4815

  • Rain Barrel - This artist village features 10 galleries, all located in a hardwood forest. For more than two decades, Rain Barrel has been a popular tourist attraction, where visitors can watch artists create masterpieces. An outdoor Garden CafĂ© is located onsite.

    Phone: (305) 852-4131

  • Art Lovers Gallery - This complete gallery features works by local artists and a wide selection of originals and limited edition prints.

    MM 82.7-O, Islamorada, FL
    Phone: (305) 853-0595

  • Windley Key Fossil Reef State Geological Park - This park features its own fossil reef site. Fossil rubbings and guided tours are offered.

    MM 85.5-B, Islamorada, FL
    Phone: (305) 664-5574

  • Indian Key Historical Site - Visitors to this site, the first state seat for Dade County, will learn the area's history. Ponce De Leon once walked here, and a village built by ship wreckers still exists today.

    MM 78-O, Islamorada, FL
    Phone: (305) 664-4815

  • Wild Bird Center - View Florida and migratory birds, including Osprey, up close at this fascinating center.
    MM 93.6-B, Islamorada, FL
    Phone: (305) 852-4486

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Key Largo

  • John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park - This park features a 30,000-gallon above ground tank that highlights a variety of sea life. The park also offers scuba and snorkeling attractions and glass bottom boat tours.

    MM 103, Overseas Hwy., Key Largo, FL
    Phone: (305) 451-1202

  • Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center - View a variety of native and migratory raptors and wading birds.

    MM 93.6, 93600 Overseas Hwy., Tavernier, FL
    Phone: (305) 852-4486

  • African Queen - Fans of the movie African Queen will want to visit the original boat used in the classic film, directed by John Houston and starring Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn. The African Queen is on display, and rides can be arranged.

    MM 100, Key Largo, FL
    Phone: (305) 451-2121

  • SunCruz Casino - The SunCruz Casino vessel sails daily and offers passengers a variety of gaming choices as well as complimentary drinks and appetizers.

    MM 100, 99701 Overseas Hwy., Key Largo, FL
    Phone: (305) 451-0000

  • World Parrot Mission - This non-profit parrot sanctuary is open to the public. Some of the parrots play basketball, do puzzles and sing and dance for visitors. The 45-minute shows take place daily. Visit the Happy Feathers Gift Shop before you leave.

    MM 99.1 O/S, 98251 Overseas Hwy., Key Largo, FL
    Phone: (305) 453-1800

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Big Pine & The Lower Keys

  • Bat Tower - A brainchild of entrepreneur Richter Perky, the Bat Tower was erected in 1929 to thwart mosquitoes. Perky passed away before he could complete his strategy, but the tower remains standing today.

    MM 17, Near the Sugarloaf Airport, Bayside, Sugarloaf Key, FL

  • National Key Deer Refuge - Covering 2,300 acres of land on Big Pine Key, the National Key Deer Refuge is the primary home of the Key deer, a small subspecies of the Virginia white tail deer. Visitors will often spy deer in the early morning and early evening hours when the deer come out of the woods to nibble on vegetation along the roadways.

    Key Deer Boulevard, Big Pine Key, FL
    Phone: (305) 872-0074

  • Blue Hole - Located within the National Key Deer Refuge, this sinkhole dates back to the Keys' early railroad days. Today it is a water-filled wildlife attraction. Visitors can view alligators, turtles and freshwater fish living in the Blue Hole. The area also features a walking trail and an alligator observation area.

    Key Deer Boulevard Big Pine Key, FL
    Phone: (305) 872-0074
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