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Key West Lighthouse: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Miami: Key West Bus Tour

1. From Miami: Key West Bus Tour

Embark on a full-day tour of Key West from Miami. Feel the Caribbean atmosphere of the Florida Keys and explore at your own pace. See important sites, including Hemingway’s House, or opt to swim in the sea. Start with a 4-hour drive across 43 bridges and 31 islands to America's “Caribbean Islands,” the Florida Keys. The string of islands and islets, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, leads to Key West, the only frost-free city in the continental United States! Once in Key West, experience a Caribbean atmosphere complete with friendly street artists, lively outdoor cafés, and alfresco restaurants. Spend some time exploring Key West on your own. Book lovers might like to visit Ernest Hemingway’s House to see the former home of the famous author. Or, if you prefer, you can go to the southernmost point of the continental United States at the famous "90 miles to Cuba" Monument. Explore museums, such as the Mel Fisher Museum, the Light House Museum, or Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum (tickets not included). Feel the pulse of Key West at Mallory Square next to the cruise ship port. You may also choose to add one of our most popular adventure activities, such as a snorkeling trip to see tropical fish, a ride in a glass-bottom boat, or the hop-on and hop-off sightseeing trolley bus (tickets not included in the price). Depart Key West at 5:30 PM for the drive back over the bridges and islands.

Key West: Southernmost Food and Cultural Walking Tour

2. Key West: Southernmost Food and Cultural Walking Tour

Celebrating the Cuban and Caribbean influences on both food and culture, enjoy a 3-hour guided small group experience. Visit 5 different locations, carefully chosen to help you check off those "must try" dishes that Key West is known for. Enough for a hearty lunch, tastings are served from locally adored eateries, unique "hole in the walls", and family-owned ethnic restaurants. Discover the spots that the locals frequent to eat, drink and discover the island. Between tastings, explore the island’s different cultural neighborhoods and rich history through the generations. Your knowledgable local guide will share stories of the local industry, Key West's colorful past, and historical landmarks. After the tour, explore Old Town with confidence and take advantage of recommendations on restaurants, attractions, entertainment, and cultural offerings. You'll also receive a collection of exclusive recipes, ensuring that you can enjoy memories from this tour for many years to come.

Florida: Key West Overseas Highway Self-Driving Tour

3. Florida: Key West Overseas Highway Self-Driving Tour

Begin your sunshine-filled journey just an hour outside Miami, Florida: on Key Largo. Start the scenic 100-mile drive bypassing the ‘African Queen’, the iconic Hollywood riverboat. Follow in the historical footsteps of the Overseas Railroad to Plantation Key, the smuggler's haven. While there, check out Big Betsy, the giant lobster, and Theatre of the Sea, home of the original dolphin shows. Continue through Isla Morada while learning about the hurricanes, ecosystems, and wildlife of the tropical Florida Keys. Explore Anne’s Beach, Long Key, and Marathon, each of which contains unique attractions. Cross over the iconic Seven Mile Bridge and make sure to check out Fred the Tree, the famous spirit of the Keys. Journey past Pigeon Key and Geiger Beach until you reach the most famous Key of all: Key West. In popular Key West, discover Mallory Square, Truman’s White House, the Hemingway Home, Tennessee Williams’ House, and the historic lighthouse. Wrap up your tour at the Southernmost Point of the Continental US.

Key West: History and Culture Southernmost Walking Tour

4. Key West: History and Culture Southernmost Walking Tour

Start your journey at the famous Kino Sandals Plaza, where you will meet with your local guide. On your walk listen to stories about how Key West became one of the wealthiest cities in the mid-1800s. Learn about the island’s shipwrecking industry, sponge harvesting, and cigar manufacturing.  The end of the tour will end at a buoy showing the Southernmost Point of the continental U.S. Here, your guide will give you free maps so that you can continue to explore the various shops,  museums, and other points of interest along this section of the island.

Key West: Self-guided old town treasures walking tour

5. Key West: Self-guided old town treasures walking tour

Find out why Key West attracted so many cultural legends on a self-guided walking tour of the quirky old town. Starting from Mallory Square, follow the precise directions of your audio guide mobile app to learn the fascinating history behind the people and places that make the island so special. Starting from the Memorial Sculpture Garden in Mallory Square, you’ll discover the stories behind Key West’s most famous sights, including the residence of former President Harry Truman, Florida’s oldest bar, the hotel where Tennessee Williams stayed for ten years and the so-called longest street in the world. Along the way, you’ll learn how salvaging shipwrecks transformed the city, why the buildings’ aesthetics are so strictly controlled, how the city became known as the ‘Conch Republic’ and why there are so many chickens running around.

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What people are saying about Key West Lighthouse

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 329 reviews

This tour with Marjorie was our TOP 2 or even one for all of my friends who went. Marjorie was super knowledgeable, friendly, and could tell loved and takes pride in what she does. The food was delicious!! My friend has been to Key West at least 20 times, but did this for the first time. We highly recommend it!! We added the $17 alcohol drink package---of course & well worth it.

Really loved this food tour. We got to try restate hadn't tried before, and learned a lot of Key West history we didn't know. Our tour guide Sarah was great also! So glad we did it. Highly recommend it!

I don't want to give away the details, but it's well worth the time and fee. The food and drink tastings were excellent. We had a great time!

The experience was awesome. Maxwell knowledge and personal experiences with the various sites made for a most interesting day.

The tour was great! Tamara and Frank was gently. Route to Key was fast.