There is plenty to see and experience in Key West and, because the island is small, guests can enjoy many activities and restaurants near Heron House. Attractions include tours, museums and natural displays that are fun for vacationers of all ages.
The Conch Tour Train
501 Front St.
Take a tour of top attractions in Key West including Ernest Hemingway's house, Key West Aquarium, and Harry Truman's Little White House.
Old Town Trolley Tours
Both tour operations offer guided and informative expeditions throughout Key West, departing every half hour.
The Key West Aquarium
1 Whitehead St.
Showcasing the diverse marine life that inhabit the waters of Key West, the aquarium offers guided tours, a touch tank and daily fish feedings.
Ghosts Tours in Key West
Take a walking tour through Old Town's historic haunted lanes. Featured on the History Channel, Travel Channel, Discovery Channel, Learning Channel and BBC, the Original Ghost Tours of Key West depart nightly. Reserve your tour and purchase tickets online.
Audubon House & Tropical Gardens
205 Whitehead St.
This restored historic home contains original Audubon engravings from 1832, when the artist and ornithologist visited Key West and sketched 18 new species for his "Birds of America" folio.
511 Caroline St.
An elaborate Victorian structure built on the site of the homestead of Florida's first millionaire. Curry Mansion now serves as a historic house museum showcasing an era of elegance. An inn is situated on the property; the structure is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Butterfly & Nature Conservatory
1316 Duval Street
1 (800) 839-4647
Impressive collection of butterflies, flowering plants, colorful birds, and cascading waterfalls.
The Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum
907 Whitehead St.
The late author's home and second-story writing studio. While living there, Hemingway wrote some of his most notable works - including "To Have and Have Not," which is set in Key West.
Fort Jefferson, Dry Tortugas National Park
This Civil War-era fort is the largest masonry structure in the Western Hemisphere. Its most famous prisoner was Dr. Samuel Mudd, incarcerated for providing medical assistance to President Abraham Lincoln's assassin. Fort Jefferson is accessible via the Dry Tortugas National Park ferry and by seaplane.
Fort Zachary Taylor State Historic Site
Enter through Truman Annex on Southard Street, (305) 292-6713. Constructed between 1845 and 1866, this fort remained in Union hands throughout the Civil War and was later used during the Spanish-American War. The fort's collection of Civil War cannons is the largest in America.
Harry S Truman Little White House
111 Front St.
The late United States president's former tropical retreat, with family quarters, poker porch, living and dining rooms open to the public. Prior to the Bay of Pigs invasion, President John F. Kennedy held a summit meeting here; photographs of Kennedy and Dwight Eisenhower also are displayed.
Heritage House Museum
410 Caroline Street
Take a tour of the Robert Frost Cottage in Florida. This unique Key West tourist attraction takes visitors through a collection of rare antiques and one of a kind sea faring items donated by a notable Key West family. The museum includes a flower garden that leads to the Robert Frost cottage where recordings of his famous poetry can be heard.
The Key West Cemetery
Look for creative headstones that read, "I Told You I Was Sick" and "Devoted Fan of Julio Iglesias." The cemetery also contains the resting place of Hemingway's friend and fishing captain, "Sloppy Joe" Russell, and sparring partner Kermit "Shine" Forbes. Another plot pays homage to the sailors killed in the explosion of the U.S.S. Maine.
Key West Golf Club, mile marker (MM)
5 Bayside, Stock Island
The Florida Keys' only public 18-hole golf course, Key West Golf Club maintains a clubhouse and a pro shop that offers lessons.
The Key West Lighthouse Museum
938 Whitehead St.
Erected in 1847, the lighthouse guided mariners until it was decommissioned in 1969. Both the keeper's quarters and the lighthouse itself have been restored. Visitors may walk 88 steps to the top for a wonderful view of the city.
The Key West Museum of Art & History
281 Front St. Near Mallory Square
Operated by the Key West Art & Historical Society, the museum showcases regional, national and international fine art and historical collections and is a vital repository of artifacts related to the history and culture of the Florida Keys. The museum is located in Key West's restored Custom House building.
Street performers take center stage here each evening as visitors flock to Key West's internationally renowned sunset celebration.
Mel Fisher Maritime Museum
200 Greene St.
This museum showcases the richest single collection of 17th-century maritime and shipwreck antiquities in the Western Hemisphere - including the treasure of the Nuestra Señora de Atocha.
The Southernmost Point
Whitehead and South streets
A larger-than-life buoy marks the southernmost spot in the continental United States - only 90 miles from Cuba. It's the setting for a Kodak moment for virtually every visitor to Key West.
The Oldest House / Wrecker's Museum
322 Duval St.
Said to be the oldest structure in Key West, this 1829 home - formerly inhabited by Captain Francis Watlington and his nine daughters - is furnished with artifacts and antiques recalling Key West's rich wrecking heritage. Included among them are the official rules of the wrecking industry and a wreckers' black list.
Go fishing at some of the top sites off the Key West shores. Outcast Charters, captained by
Damon Santelli, will take fishers to wreckages sites, reefs, and other spots depending on the fish you want to reel in.