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  what-to-see Gay Key West is blessed with an incredible array of attractions, architecture, historic sites, theater, concerts, art galleries, water sports, cinema, drag shows, burlesque, one-of-a-kind shops and live entertainment all year long.  Our beautiful, crystal clear waters are renowned as scuba divers, snorkelers, boaters, fishermen, paddle boarders, kayakers, waterskiers, and swimmers of all stripes can testify.  Just ask Diana Nyad who set a world record by swimming from Cuba to Key West in 2013!  A day trip to Fort Jefferson, 69 miles west of Key West and the most remote property in our national park system, is a must.  For the truly adventurous there is back country kayaking, sky-diving, shipwreck diving and eco-tours.   On the rare rainy day here on the island, there are lots of shops, art galleries, studios and the “best independent cinema in Florida” as voted by Florida Magazine.  Of course the most popular activity often is to do nothing at all!  Want to chill?  Reserve a favorite hammock or chaise lounge, break out the sun block, mix an excellent cocktail and open an interesting book.  You will quickly learn why the most popular bumper sticker in Key West states:  “Slow down!  This AIN’T the mainland!”

Directory of Attractions

Andy Griffiths Charters Phone: 305-296-2639 40 Key Haven Road Daily fishing charters, including 2-day and 3-day Dry Tortugas charters for the avid fisherman or families who want a different type of Florida Vacation.

Audubon House Phone: 305-294-2116 205 Whitehead Street Weddings, tours, Audubon prints, and Tropical gardens.

Blu Q Catamaran Gay Sailing  Phone: 305-923-7245 201 William Street Voted # 1 All Gay Watersports Activity in Key West. Sailing, Snorkeling, Kayaking & Sunset Adventures.

Classic Harbor Line Phone: 305-293-7245 202R William Street, Key West Morning, afternoon and sunset champagne sails aboard the classic Schooner Adirnondack III, America 2.0, or Yacht Beacon. $1 champagne, beer and wine bar.

Conch Tour Train Phone: 305-294-5161 301 Front Street Entertaining visitors to Key West since 1958. Over 100 points of interest on our fully narrated 90 minute tour covering historic Old Town. 100% Money Back Guarantee.

Danger Charters Phone: 305-304-7999 245 Front St @ the Westin Resort Offering half- and full-day sail, kayak & snorkel trips to the backcountry on traditional sailing schooners; also premium wine-tasting sunset sails.

Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum Phone: 305-294-1136 907 Whitehead Street The Ernest Hemingway provides an iconic backdrop for your special event. With one acre of tropical landscaping the venue makes the perfect setting for up to 125 guests. More info @ hemingwayhome.com

Fury Water Adventures Phone: 305-294-8899 237 Front Street FURY TAKES PRIDE! The Ultimate Adventure! Sunbathing, snorkeling, parasailing, jet skiing, Kayaking, rock climbing & water trampoline. Complimentary breakfast, lunch & snacksBeer, Wine & Sodas. Toll Free: 800-994-8898

Harry S. Truman Little White House Phone: 305-294-9911 111 Front Street Florida’s only presidential museum, the Harry S. Truman Little White House has hosted presidents, prime ministers and kings. As President of the United States, Truman spent 11 of his working vacations at the house. Open daily from 9 am to 4:30 pm.

Impromptu Concerts Phone: 305-292-1210 Provides performances in all fields of the performing arts.

Key West Aquarium Phone: 888-544-5927 1 Whitehead St. (at Mallory Square) Open daily 10-8 with tours at 11,1,3,4:30 and 6:30. We are one of the most unique aquariums in the world, delighting visitors since 1934.

Key West Art & Historical Society Phone: 305-295-6616 281 Front Street Enjoy our colorful Art & History: Fort East Martello, 3501 S. Roosevelt Blvd., Key West Lighthouse & Keeper's Quarters, 938 Whitehead St., Custom House Museum of Art & History, 281 Front St.

Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory Phone: 305-296-2988 1316 Duval Street Take a stroll through a tropical paradise...walk through an exotic and inviting environment filled with hundreds of the most beautiful winged creatures in nature - butterflies.

Key West Eco Tours Phone: 305-294-7245 201 William Street @ Historic Seaport Specializing in small groups, personalized service and mangroves. 4.5 hour all-inclusive day tours as well as 2 hour private evening sails. Also kayak rentals.

Key West Garden Club Phone: 305-294-3210 1500 Atlantic Avenue Explore The Key West Garden Club's secluded tropical oasis at West Martello Tower, a National Historic Site, located on Higgs Beach. We are a popular venue for weddings and special events.

Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden Phone: 305-296-1504 5210 College Rd Outdoor living museum with rental facilities for events, ceremonies, and parties.The only "frost-free" botanical garden in the continental United States.

Key West Vacation  Phone: 866-945-7917 Key West Vacation offers a one stop shop to find the best activity and things to do in Key West.

Mallory Square Sunset Celebration Phone: 305.292.7700 PO Box 4837 The Key West Cultural Preservation Society,a non-profit corporation. The main function of the organization is to manage Sunset Celebration, Key West's premiere nightly arts festival.

Mel Fisher Heritage Maritime Museum Phone: 305-294-5671 200 Green Street World Famous home of the Mel Fisher treasure discoveries from the Spanish Galleon Nuestra Senore de Atocha.

Mellow Ventures Phone: 305-745-3874 1067 Loggerhead Wildlife encounters, paddleboarding, dolphin observation, private island excursions, kayaking, eco-tours

Nomadic SUP Phone: 305-393-2886 Stand up paddleboard tours. Pick-up, drop-off included. Snack & water included. Gay owned and operated.

Old Firehouse Preservation Inc Phone: 305-797-8417 1026 Grinnell Street Built in 1907, Fire Station No3, located at the corner of Grinnell & Virginia, is one of the oldest fire stations in Florida. Tours provided by appointment Only. Donations accepted gladly!

Old Town Trolley Tours Phone: 305-296-6688 Corner of Angela & Duval Streets Discover all of Key West aboard our ninety minute fully narrated tour. Your ticket is good for two days to hop on and off at any of our convenient 12 stops to enjoy, shopping, dining, attractions all over Key West. 100% Money Back Guarantee.

Paradise Ballet Theatre Presenters Phone: 305-294-2943 Tennessee Williams Fine Arts Center Producers of the popular, local version of "Nutcracker Key West" ballet every other year at the Tennessee Williams Fine Arts Center.

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Key West Phone: 305-293-9939 108 Duval Street Open 365 days a year from 9am to 11pm REGULAR TICKETS Adults $14.99 Children (5-12) $9.99 4 & under FREE

South Florida Symphony Orchestra Phone: 954-522-8445 221 SW 3rd Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312 Starting in Key West, Sebrina Maria Alfonso created a concept which allowed a small, but cultured community, to enjoy the privilege of a first class symphony.

Sunset Sail Key West Phone: 305-587-4488 202 William Street Sunset Sail Key West offers an intimate personalized sailing experience. Specializing in Custom Private Sailing and Snorkel Charters. Up to 6 guests-pet friendly.

Sunset Watersports Phone: 305-296-2554 201 William Street Daily snorkel, parasailing, sunset and /or dinner cruises. Safari Tours, boat rentals, private parties, Do It All Adventure. Please visit our website for more information and reservations.

Tennessee Williams Key West Exhibit Phone: 305-842-1666 513 Truman Avenue The Exhibit honors the legacy of this Key West resident and is open to the public daily from 10 am to 5 pm Monday through Satruday and from noon to 5 pm on Sunday. Free admission--donations welcome.

The Botanic Gardens at Kona Kai Resort Phone: 305-852-766 97802 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, FL 33037 Daring to be different,these unique non-profit botanic gardens on the grounds of Kona Kai Resort offer a 90 minute,reservations only,personalized tour that will transform your understanding of plants.

The Studios of Key West Phone: 305-600-1406 600 White Street Our mission is to support local creative people, celebrate the island’s unique heritage and sense of place, and foster new collaboration and artistic production.

Tropic Cinema  Phone: 305-294-5857 416 Eaton Street The best in independent, foreign and documentary films. Three cinemas in the middle of old town and steps off Duval Street.

Venus Charters Phone: 305-304-1181 Garrison Bight Marina We offer the finest in personalized, eco-friendly charters. Snorkel trips to the reef, dolphin watching in the Gulf, or back country and exploration. Call today!

Waterfront Playhouse Phone: 305-294-5015 310 Wall Street Named "The Best Professional Theater in Florida" (Florida Monthly Magazine, 2010 & 2011), the Waterfront Playhouse is a not-for-profit, professional theater located in Old Town Key West.

Yankee Freedom III Dry Tortugas National Park Ferry Phone: 1-800-634-0939 • 305-294-7009 240 Margaret Street Discover Ft. Jefferson & the Dry Tortugas National Park on the Yankee Freedom III, a high speed, catamaran recognized for safety, performance & passenger comfort. Your trip includes breakfast and lunch, snorkel gear and a guided tour of the park.