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Key West Garden Club

The Key West Garden Club is housed in this Civil War-era fort tower. The club maintains a handsome garden featuring native tropical plants. Art shows and flower shows take place here regularly. An orchid show is a particular lure for connoisseurs and the like. March and November are the prime time for shows. Also in March, the club operates a tour of private gardens in the city, which gives you a chance to look at houses you'd never see otherwise. Donations are welcomed but there's no official charge.

1100 Atlantic Boulevard, Key West, FL, United States, 33040
Key West Artisan Market

Key West Artisan Market is an outdoor market which opens on the third Sunday of each month known for its handicrafts and other merchandise made by local artisans and craftsmen. The market also features many stalls selling fresh local produce, home products, and delicious food. This is a place where window shoppers eventually turn into customers, as the products on offer are high in quality and light on the pocket.

1111 Eaton Street, Key West, FL, United States, 33040
Flagler Station Over-sea Railway Historeum

Henry Flagler brought the railroad south to Florida. At this 'historeum,' Flagler's Railroad That Went to Sea, traversing 130 miles of sand and water, comes to life in rare motion pictures and photographs. Videos show construction and chronicle the stirring arrival of the first train in Key West. A train's journey through the Keys is recreated in video, and you can roam a 16,000-pound restored payroll car. A collection of memorabilia is joined by a restored home dating from the era. Admission is $5 adults, $2.50 children under 13.

901 Caroline Street, Key West, FL, United States, 33040
Isle Style Spa & Boutique

Isle Style is an amalgamation of a state-of-the-art spa and a high-end hair salon. The spa offers a wide range of skincare treatments such as facials, microdermabrasion, waxing and body massages. They provide 7 types of massages: relaxation, deep tissue, reflexology, body scrub, body wrap, Swedish and the world-famous Thai massage. If you're in need of a complete makeover, opt for their transform package, which is a combination of many full body massage techniques that will ensure that your skin looks younger and radiant. The on-site salon offers an array of beauty services such as cutting, styling, coloring, highlighting and retexturing. Additional services include manicures and pedicures. The spa also houses a fashion boutique from where you can buy a variety of stylish outfits, accessories, and cosmetics.

1204 Simonton Street, Key West, FL, United States, 33040
Nancy Forrester's Secret Garden

Located right in the middle of crowded Old Town Key West, this place is an "island in the stream." Owner Nancy Forrester has somehow managed to face down the pressure of development and the tree-tearing fury of hurricanes in order to keep this 30-year-old garden pristine and magnificent. Here you will see the tropics in all its foliage glory with exotics such as orchids nestling in branches, huge ferns, bromeliads, red ginger, pink heliconias and a "sunburn" gumbo-limbo tree. Bring a picnic lunch and tour the onsite art gallery, as well. Admission is USD6.

1 Free School Lane, Key West, FL, United States, 33040
Tennessee Williams Key West Exhibit

On the quiet tree-lined Truman Avenue, this small museum preserves and highlights the legacy of revered playwright Tennessee Williams, and his short writing stint and vacation in Key West that gave birth to one of his most acclaimed works - A Streetcar Named Desire. The Tennessee Williams Key West Exhibit showcases everything from an ancient typewriter used by Williams, sepia-toned photographs, never-seen-before articles and play scripts, and other artifacts that will render any literary enthusiast weak in the knees. Admission is free, although donations are welcome.

513 Truman Avenue, Near Duval Street, Key West, FL, United States, 33040
The Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory Gift Shop

The Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory Gift Shop is a great place for visitors to buy butterfly-themed souvenirs, home decoration items, toys, and merchandise. The store's signature items are the stuffed butterflies, some of which can also be wall-mounted thereby adding color and life to your home. You can also purchase their products from their website and get them delivered to your doorstep.

1316 Duval Street, Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, Key West, FL, United States, 33040
90 Miles To Cuba

Deck up your house with goods from 90 Miles to Cuba. An antique store known to few, 90 Miles to Cuba not only offers everything from original artworks and antique postcards to handcrafted jewelry and books, but it also does so at prices that are affordable for most people. One-of-a-kind Cuban and Key West souvenirs can also be found here. Whether you are looking to shop for yourself or buy gifts for friends and family back home, you can be rest assured that you’ll find something that catches your eye at 90 Miles to Cuba.

616 Greene Street, Key West, FL, United States, 33040
San Carlos Institute

Opera star Enrico Caruso sang here. Cuban patriot Jose Marti delivered speeches from the balcony. Blessed with a stirring past, this handsome building has a new role as home to a research library and museum chronicling the island's Cuban ties. You'll find exhibits that detail the history of Key West and the contributions of 19th and 20th century Cuban exiles. San Carlos Institute is an affiliate to the Smithsonian Institution and was founded in 1871 to preserve Cuban culture and promote the freedom of Cuba.

516 Duval Street, Key West, FL, United States, 33040
Besame Mucho

Besame Mucho has four sections that will drive you wild - Besame Apothecary, Besame House, Besame Treasures and Besame Apparel. The products 'clean everything from linens to little faces'. You will find everything from soap to perfumes and designer home products to clothes. You can also find Kiehls and Dr. Hauschka beauty products plus jewelry, such as Alix Blüh's Victorian-style Modern Relics.

315 Petronia, Key West, FL, United States, 33040
Audubon House Gallery

Located beside the Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, Audubon House Gallery is a contemporary art gallery which showcases some of John James Audubon's images and best artistic creations. As he was an ornithologist and a nature lover, most of his paintings depict birds in their natural habitat, making this gallery a must visit for naturalists and bird enthusiasts.

205 Whitehead Street, Key West, FL, United States, 33040
Mel Fisher's Treasures

Located inside Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum, this is their on-site store selling artifacts, antique items, and collectibles discovered by Mel Fisher, who is widely considered as one of the greatest treasure hunters of all time. This store is frequented by private collectors who find suitable items to expand their treasure collections. You can find rare items such as medallions, authentic and recreated coins, seals and more that you wouldn't find anywhere else in the area.

200 Greene Street, Key West, FL, United States, 33040
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