Attractions Nearby Key West, Day Trips and Excursions

(Key West, Florida - FL, USA)

Key West lies in a region of outstanding natural beauty and there are numerous other large and small Keys worth visiting; each one harboring unique attractions, both natural and manmade. They are all easy to access via Highway 1 and attractions as far away as the world renowned Everglades National Park are also within reach.

However, by land there is only one way to go, and that is Northeast along the Keys. The rest of Keywest is surrounded by water, but that offers some attractions too.

Biscayne National Park

Address: Florida Keys, Florida FL, USA
The Biscayne National Park is just south of Miami near the town of Homestead and a three-hour drive from Key West. Much less visited than the popular parks of the Everglades, Biscayne National Park is the beginning of the world's third longest coral reef tract and also houses the Florida Keys's most northern Key, that of Miami-Dade.
Open hours: daily
Admission: free

Conch Tour Train

Address: Mallory Square and the Welcome Center, Key West, Florida FL, USA
Tel: +1 305 294 5161
This open-air road train ride in a jeep that is disguised as a train covers the entire island's attractions and history on a 90-minute tour. Departing from both Mallory Square and the Welcome Center, the only drawback of the Conch Train is that you will get wet when it rains.
Open hours: daily - departures every 30 minutes from 09:00 to 16:30
Admission: charge, reductions for children under 12 and children under three free

Dry Tortugas National Park and Fort

Address: off Key West, Florida FL, 33040, USA
The Dry Tortugas National Park is seven beautiful islands that are located about 70 miles / 112 km west of Key West with daily transport provided by the Yankee Freedom II ferry. Alternatively, day trips and tours of the island of the Dry Tortugas National Park and Fort Jefferson are available aboard the Sunny Days high-speed catamaran.
Open hours: daily
Admission: charge

Key Largo

Address: Key Largo, Florida FL, USA
Key Largo is the northernmost inhabited island of the Florida Keys that is within easy reach of Key West, Miami and the Everglades National Park. Rich in wildlife and history, Key Largo is a favorite destination for kayakers, ornithologists and those visitors wanting to take it easy and relax.

Everglades National Park

Address: Florida (FL), USA
Within reach of Key West, the Everglades National Park is a must-see natural attraction famed for its huge salt marshes and abundance of wildlife, most notably alligators, manatees, sea turtles and pelicans. Don't forget to bring mosquito repellant!
Open hours: daily
Admission: charge, discounts available for seniors

Lower Keys

Address: Lower Keys, Florida FL, USA
Located between Key West and the famous Seven Mile Bridge, the Lower Keys is a collection of quieter islands where the wilderness reigns supreme and the beaches are exquisite. Looe Key is known for its annual Underwater Music Festival, while nearby Tiny Little Duck Key is famed for its Veterans Memorial Park. Visitors to Ohio Key rave about the well equipped Sunshine Key Camping Resort and Bahia Honda State Park for its abundant wildlife.

Nearer to Key West is Big Pine Key, perhaps the most diverse of the Lower Keys known for its excellent shopping, the beautiful National Key Deer Refuge and snorkeling on the nearby Looe Key Reef. Other attractive Keys in this group include Sugarloaf Key, Cudjoe Key, Summerland Key, Big Torch and Little Torch Keys and Saddlebunch Keys.

SNUBA of Key West

Address: 201 Front Street, Key West, Florida FL, 33040, USA
Tel: +1 305 292 4616
This is the perfect way to explore the deep sea off the coast of Key West without having to snorkel or go to the expense and trouble of obtaining a dive certificate. Ideal for the whole family, Snuba provides you with the necessary dive kit and instructors who accompany you on various dives.
Open hours: daily
Admission: charge