to Do in the Florida Keys
all about the water ... diving,
snorkeling, fishing, ... and the keys
are also full of interesting history ... from the days of
pirates, Indians and the overseas railway to present day treasure
great way to combine history and a day enjoying the water
is to visit
Pigeon Key. The buildings on the small island off the
7 Mile Bridge were built in 1909 to house the railroad workers
who built the Overseas Highway. The price of the tour $11
gets you a ride out to the island on the tram across 2.2 miles
of the historic Old Seven Mile, an excellent guided tour of
the island and its quaint clapboard architecture and colorful
history - and you can spend the rest of the day relaxing under
the palms and snorkeling the tidal shoreline.
a small sandy beach and a lovely long pier with a tiki hut
for shade at the end. The snorkeling is as good as it is anywhere
in the keys without a boat and there are picnic tables if
you bring your lunch. The tram is not the only way out to
the island, you can also walk or bike out to it. The island
is now home to marine science education programs as well as
being a tour destination. An annual arts festival in February
is a great way to enjoy the island and local art, but don't
wait until then!
to the Keys! Fly into Miami International on your favorte
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It's why so many people have chosen to visit or live here
... starrting (most famously) with Ernest Hemingway
and including many US Presidents. The fishing is world
class and the keys are home to many fishing tournaments. Catch
sailfish, marlin, tarpon, shark, wahoo, snapper, grouper ...
the list goes on.
along the deep troughs and weedlines along the Gulfstream
is popular with anglers, especially aboard comfortable charters
such as the Mr. Z. Key West Flats fishing
Dempsey, will show you non-stop action and excitement
fishing for shark, barracuda or whatever's hungry with light
tackle. More information on all types of fishing charters
in Key West, and the very latest on what's biting see
in Craig's blog for fishing reports.
Florida: some call it the Sportfishing Capital of
the World, perhaps because you are closer to the Gulfstream
Islamorada than anywhere else in the keys. The closer you
fish to the Gulfstream, the more productive the fishing. That’s
due, in part to the incredible rate of water flow of the Gulfstream
off the Keys – an amazing 30 million cubic meters per
action forces water to the surface from great depths, carrying
rich nutrients that create a strong eco-system for the plankton
and larvae and the smaller fish that game fish feed upon.
(More information on the GulfStream
and its impact on Florida Fishing.)
Florida with Prizefighter Charters out of Whale Harbor
Marina, mile marker 83.4, Florida Keys. Check their FAQ for
information on species
fished in the keys.
Tournament Calendar. If you're looking for more information
on fishing try these pages on the Keys
in Key West from Squidoo.
History Combined with Fun Things to Do in the Keys:
Key State Park You can't reach Indian Key these days except
by canoe, kayak or private boat, but it remains a favorite
destination for getting a sense of early keys history while
having fun on the water. MM78. For Information about Indian
Key Historic State Park, call 305-664-2540
Honda State Park - Conde Nast and other publications have
names Bahia Honda one of the top ten beaches in the world.
The centerpiece of the state park is the old Bahia Honda
Bridge. Unlike other bridges along the Overseas Railway, this
span was built as a trestle bridge because it had to cross
the deepest channel along the railway. When the state of Florida
converted the old railway to roadway, the narrowness of this
bridge required the road to be built on top of the bridge.
From the park you can walk out on the old road and get a sense
of how precarious it felt to drive across that span.
on camping, birding, hiking, snorkeling, and other things
to do at Bahia Honda State Park.
on the History
of the Overseas Highway.
Overseas Highway may stop at MM0 in Old Town Key West, but
the Florida Keys extend another 70 miles west to a group of
seven islands known as the Dry Tortugas. This island group
is also steeped in history as it is home to Fort Jefferson
the largest of the 19th coastal forts.
de Leon named the islands Las Tortugas for the Turtles found
there; 'Dry' was added to the name later to warn mariners
that there is no fresh water on the islands. Because of the
islands' strategic position in the Florida Straits, the US
Military planned and commenced building the massive Fort Jefferson
in 1846. The fort was never completed, but it
was used by the military, as a prison, and later as a staging
area during the buildup to the Spanish American War. Fort
Jefferson also made the history books for its most famous
prisoner: Dr. Samuel Mudd, who was involved in the assassination
of President Lincoln.
coral reef surround the islands and the snorkeling is great.
Birding is very popular and camping is also available, though
you must bring all the water you will need. You can reach
the islands on the Yankee Freedom, a ferry
from Key West to Fort Jefferson. If fishing is your thing,
Florida Fish Finder has 2-3 day liveaboard trips to the
and Museums in the Florida Keys
House and Gardens - Key
West's oldest house is also the oldest house in South Florida
and the oldest all-wood structure in Florida. The beautifully
restored home offers a fascinating glimpse into the life of
early Key West settlers. Stop in the gardens for a respite
from the bustle of Duval Street. Tour the home and see what
island llife was like in the 1800s. Admission is free.
Open M, T, Th, F, S 10a,m to 4 pm
(Closed Wednesday and Sunday)
322 Duval Street.
House & Tropical Gardens
The lovely home and gardens highlight the work of John
James Audubon, who visited the Florida Keys and Dry Tortugas
in 1832 to draw 18 new birds for his "Birds of America"
folio but this was not originally his home. The 19th-century
home was built by Captain John H. Geiger, a harbor pilot and
master wrecker, who lived in the house with his wife and nine
205 Whitehead Street, Key West, FL 33040
Harry S Truman
Little White House
Key West could have become
US Capital - if Harry Truman had his way. "...I've a
notion to move the capitol to Key West and just stay,"
he wrote to his wife, Bess Truman, March 13, 1949. Originally
built in 1890 as officer's quarters for the Naval Station,
Harry Truaman made this his second home for 175 days of his
Front Street, Key West , FL 33040
Custom House - Key West
Art & Historical Society Adjacent to Mallory Square,
this beautiful brick building was built in 1891 and
served as a post office, customs house and goverment
center before becoming a museum.
281 Front Street, Key West, FL 33040
West Lighthouse & Keeper's Quarters Museum
Built in 1847 to aid to ships navigating dangerous reefs off
the lower Florida Keys. the tower was originally 46 feet high
and powered by 15 oil lamps with 15-inch reflectors, but was
extended to 86 feet in 1894. You can climb the 88 iron steps
to the observation deck for the best views of Key West.
938 Whitehead Street, Key West, FL 33040
B Sands African-Bahamian Museum
Photos. pictures, art and crafts chronicle Key West’s
black community. Many Key West residents are descendants of
Bahamian immigrants and the museum is in the heart of Bahama
Village, named for the original Bahamian community.
324 Truman Ave, Key West, FL 33040
Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum
If recovering sunken gold is your dream, Mel Fisher is the
man who made it all real. His story and the gold and silver
he recovered from the Atocha are showcased in the museum.
200 Greene Street, Key West, FL 33040
information on travel,
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