Aqua Nightclub is one of the most popular nightlife haunts in the city. Known for its live music events, karaoke and other entertaining events; the club has amassed a large fan following. The place with its fun vibe, is known to be among the best for singles as well as LGBT, making it a convivial place to visit. If you are one of those people who love to tap their feet to dance numbers, Aqua Nightclub is your place to be. So when you are in the city and want to ring in the night with fun, frolic and laughter, head to Aqua Nightclub.
Named "The Best Professional Theater in Florida" by Florida Monthly Magazine in 2010 and 2011, The Waterfront Playhouse is a not-for-profit, professional theater located on historic Mallory Square in Old Town Key West. The theater attracts locals and tourists alike with a wide range of comedies, dramas, musicals, concerts, and world premieres. The Playhouse utilizes Key West's rich talent pool of actors, directors and designers, as well as attracting internationally known luminaries.
The Hemingway Home & Museum was the residence of the renowned author Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway was known both for his grander-than-life personality and his amazing writing, including the books The Sun Also Rises and Farewell to Arms. The rooms and the collections on display give you an insight into the life of this famous writer. Keep a look out for the museum's many polydactyl (six-toed) cats that are rumored to be descendants of Hemingway's pet cat Snow White.
If you're a fan of the delicate winged creatures, then this is definitely the place for you. The Butterfly and Nature Conservatory, which treats visitors to amazing sights and smells of mother earth, has a climate controlled enclosure for about 60 species of butterflies. The colors, size, shape, history and lifespan can be studied at the Learning Center - a great experience for children and adults alike. The gallery and gift shop have lots more in store.
For movie buffs, this cinema serves every purpose. Showcasing award-winning films and conducting courses in digital media and other areas, the Tropic Cinema has helped create awareness about cultures globally. It also hosts birthday parties, anniversaries and other occasions. Festive occasions call for a celebration and this is the place to be! See website for showtimes, ticketing info and more.
Delve deep into the marine blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico, and learn about out underwater counterparts, albeit virtually. This spectacular discovery center located at the edge of the land in Key West takes visitors on a fascinating journey where they can explore the mysterious ecosystem of the Everglades, marvel at the world's only underwater ocean laboratory, participate in exciting virtual dives that take them 1,600 feet (487.68 meters) under the sea, admire the Living Reef exhibit with actual corals and fish, and get questions answered by expert marine biologists. The Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center also conducts group visits, and admission to the center is free.
Key West High School Auditorium is a decent hall that holds functions and school ceremonies. The upcoming events in June include the Class Night and the Graduation ceremony of the batch passing out. The auditorium also holds awards functions and school performance nights along with concerts, puppet shows and plays. The students particularly enjoy evenings when there is some show organized at the auditorium.
Believed to be the place where Ernest Hemingway penned his work Farewell to Arms, Key West is the southernmost edge of the Florida Keys. Just 90 miles from the island of Cuba, Key West has integrated Caribbean traditions into its cultural fabric, that influence everything from the city's cuisine to music. With its sun-warmed white sand tapering into crystal clear ocean fringed by shady palms and alluring villas, Key West is an oasis of tropical beauty. After dark, tourists and locals spill into the many bars and clubs of the happening downtown area, centered around Duval Street, while those with a literary bend make discuss the art of prose and poetry during the famed Key West Literary Seminar.
Captain Frank's motto is 'We don't go fishing, we catch fish'! Captain Frank also has a video of 'How to catch Grouper and Snapper' (the VHS costs $20, plus $4 shipping and handling and the DVD costs $25, plus $4 shipping and handling). The fishing charter powered with twin Yamaha 300hp outboards, takes fishing fanatics to either the Gulf side of the Marquesa Island or the Atlantic Side, depending on the weather. The crew catch small bait fish first. Then, the electronic fish finder locates the fish and alerts everyone of their direction. Soon, the action starts. Each fisherman catches between 10 to 15 fish on a good trip. So, go ahead and make your reservations for a day on Captain Frank's Golden Streak.
This strip of sand is one of the best-known beaches in Key West. Named after a former governor, it is just west of the airport and, at two miles long, it is the island's longest strip of sand. This beach is an excellent choice if you have children. With plenty of parking, restrooms, concession stands, chair rentals, picnic tables, watersport rentals and more, everything you need to have a great day in the sun is right at hand. The beach was hit hard by a hurricane in 1998, but it has recovered well and is flourishing once again.
Lucky Street gallery exhibits jewellery, sculptures, fine art and contemporary artwork by internationally recognized Key West based artists. John Martini, Roberta Marks, Susan Rodgers, Carol Munder, Lincoln Perry, Susan Sugar, Duke Rood, and Debra Yates are some local artists who have had shows here. The gallery comes up with new shows every two weeks.
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.