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.
Located by the historic Key West waterfront, this open-air marketplace and entertainment complex is a great place to start or end your visit to Key West. Known for its magnificent sunsets, the area is also home to many shops, including Shell Warehouse, Key West Sponge Market and Caribbean Cargo. The Square also features daily entertainment, which includes guitar music, juggling, and animal performances. Local sightseeing tours also depart from the Square.
Opened in 1934, this educational and entertaining aquarium features diverse exhibits on sea life in the area and live demonstrations. Wander among the many varieties of marine life or take a guided tour. One of the major attractions of the aquarium includes daily feedings of shark and fish. Children usually enjoy the touching area, where visitors can touch marine creatures in shallow pools.
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.
Before you head back home, be sure to make your way to the corner of Whitehead and South streets. Why? Because geographically it is the southernmost point of the United States. You'll know you're in the right spot by the posted sign proclaiming the site's fame, and by the street vendors selling souvenirs and conch shells. Believe it or not, standing here you are closer to Cuba than Miami; from here, it is 150 miles north to Miami and only 90 miles south to Cuba. If you are so inclined, hang out until the evening, as this is also a great place to watch the sun set.
Spanning a distance of 113 miles (182 kilometers), the Overseas Highway is exactly what the name suggests. Offering a route between Key West and Key Largo with several intersections at different islands, the highway offers a route unlike any other. Initially an overseas railway, the route was made suitable for road traffic by constructing new roads at a different alignment from the railways. However, today, the route comprises several bridges that allow people to traverse one of the world’s most scenic highways. As you drive over the bridges, over the crystal clear blue waters of the ocean from island to island, the stunning views are sure to take your breath away.
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.
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.
If you find yourself somewhere on the south end of Duval Street, exhausted by the heat and longing to escape to the water, try this tiny beach. Despite its name, this strip of sand bears no resemblance whatsoever to the famed South Beach of Miami Beach, but it has its own delights on a hot day. Parking is a problem around this small but popular area, so if you're staying in a nearby resort, it's best to walk. You can also walk to a number of restaurants in the vicinity.