While Key West is packed with plenty of on-the-water activities from sunset cruises to snorkeling tours, land-lubbers will enjoy exploring the city's distinctive attractions. The quickest way to get the lay of the land is on the bright yellow Conch Tour Train. Their knowledgeable "engineers" entertain with an overview of the historic district and local folklore--like Robert the haunted doll.
The Southernmost City has always been a haven for larger-than-life characters. At the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum, you can delve into the adventures of the Pulitzer-Prize-winning author--one of the island's most famous residents. The locals’ quirkiness shines brightest at the Key West Cemetery where the tombstones are downright lighthearted with cheeky epitaphs like “I Told You I Was Sick.”
Dig deeper into Key West’s history as a military port by visiting the Harry S. Truman Little White House where Truman spent 175 days of his presidency. Even the best beach on the island is flanked by a Civil War Era Fort at the 54-acre Fort Zachary Taylor State Park, and a day trip to the Dry Tortugas National Park (70 miles off shore) offers snorkeling amid the ruins of Fort Jefferson.
Just a few steps away from Fort Zachary, nature-lovers will delight in learning about the local ecosystem at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center with its 2,500-gallon Living Reef exhibit. A must-see is Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory--a soothing garden sanctuary filled with over over 1,000 colorful winged creatures. Don't miss the two pink flamingos in the wading pool.