Key West is a popular seaport destination for cruise ships, and caters to travelers who want to soak up the Florida sunshine and explore some cultural attractions and historic sites.
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From Duval Street in the central business district to Front Street near the western coast, Key West’s tourist attractions tell the story of famous residents and showcase the culture and history of the island.
Pirate Soul Museum
This family-friendly Key West attraction houses a collection of rare pirate and sailor artifacts, including weapons, treasure chests and shipbuilding tools. Visitors can explore the interactive exhibits and learn about the role pirates have played throughout Key West’s history. Exhibit highlights include Blackbeard’s weapons, authentic treasure chests and Captain Kidd’s last journal. As of March 2010, admission was $15 for adults and $8.55 for children 10 years and younger. Pirate Soul Museum 524 Front St. Key West, FL 33040 305-292-1113
Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum
This site is a registered National Historic Landmark and is the site where the author wrote some of his most famous works. Visitors can take a guided tour of the home and gardens to see the rooms where Hemingway worked and lived, look at the architectural design of the old Key West villa and relax in the gardens. As of March 2010, admission was $12 for adults, $6 for children 6 to 12 years and free for children under 6. Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum 907 Whitehead St. Key West, FL 33040 305-294-1136
Red Barn Theatre
The Red Barn Theatre was built around 1829 as a carriage house. It now features live theater performances from visiting poets, actors, actresses and puppeteers most weeknights and every weekend. The theater is in the heart of Key West’s central business district, and has been serving the arts community for more than 30 years. Regular admission is $35 for all visitors, and weekday discounts are available on select shows. Red Barn Theatre 319 Duval St. Key West, FL 33040 305-296-9911 redbarntheatre.com
Key West Shipwreck Treasures Museum
This museum features exhibits that showcase historic events that helped make Key West a wealthy city. Visitors can climb a 65-foot lookout tower for panoramic views of the waterfront. Inside, the museum offers exhibits with artifacts that date back more than150 years, and video presentations on the shipwrecking industry. As of March 2010, admission was $12 for adults, $5 for children 4 to 12 and free for children under 4. Key West Shipwreck Treasures Museum 1 Whitehead St. Key West, FL 33040 305-292-8990 shipwreckhistoreum.com
Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservancy
The Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservancy features a large collection of butterflies and exotic birds from around the globe. The conservancy design uses lush vegetation native to the area, ponds and waterfalls. Visitors can tour the climate-controlled habitat to see hundreds of plants, flowers and butterflies, and watch a 15-minute video about the butterfly life cycle in the Learning Center. As of March 2010, admission was $12 for adults, $8.50 for children between 4 and 12, $9 for seniors and military members; $10 for locals and free for children under 4. Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory 1316 Duval St. Key West, FL 33040 305-296-2988
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