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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
To check out the creative talents in the fields of art and music in Key West, then head to this magnificent and longstanding cultural center known as The Studios of Key West. The bright yellow colored structure, which once served as the armory building, stands out from the rest of the structures on White Street. Walk in here to watch live music events by prominent artists/ bands or admire the artworks on display.
Lower Keys' Higgs Beach is an idyllic spot to picnic with family or friendly. The serene beach is not too crowded and offers a beautiful stretch of white sand and cerulean blue waters. A few beach-side shacks rent out chairs and sun decks, which makes it an ideal haunt for sun bathers. Higgs also has a small pier with steps leading into the clear waters. Volleyball courts and shaded areas can also be found on the beach shores.
Regal Cinema Key West 6 cineplex has multiple screens for your viewing pleasure. Features like recliners, Dolby Sound system, private screenings, birthday screenings and much more, have helped the cinema to garner a huge fan following. For a more enjoyable experience, sit back and relax with popcorn and a soda from the refreshment stand. For film times, ticket prices and further information, about your favorite feature presentation, check out their website.
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.