10 Best Tours & Excursions in Key West, Florida by Local Experts

Many attractions in the area are geared toward tourists, while others are local favorites that don't pop up in the usual internet search. One of Key West's newest thrilling excursions is JetPack Adventures, a ground-breaking, futuristic company that allows patrons to strap on a rocket and fly over the sparking waters of Key West.

Enjoy the island like its residents do with Kayak Kings, a highly-recommended outfitter that will customize tours for visitors and make them feel as though they have been living on the island their entire life. If daredevil excursions are your style, other off-the-radar activities include Sunset Kiteboarding,  and White Knuckle Thrill Boat Rides, which are based away from all the commotion are great choices. Key West is well known for its dive sites, so join Dive Key West on an "unspoken" underwater tour of some of the areas best reefs and wrecks.

The men's only Blu Q is legendary among the gay community, for clothing-optional sailing tours that features live music, dancing, snorkeling, and more. In the evening, Key West's haunted side reveals itself on Ghosts and Gravestones, a spooky historical experience. No matter what time - day or night - the tiny island has something you'll enjoy.

JetPack Adventures
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This futuristic new company is the first of its kind to offer commercial flights on water-powered jet packs, and are only offered in South Florida (for now). Daredevils can soar upwards of 30 feet into the air while controlling height and...  Read More

White Knuckle Thrill Boat Rides
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It's not just a boat ride - it's a theme-park style heart pounding adventure. The New Zealand-style boats can zip across just four inches of water at speeds up to 55 mph, and can perform thrilling maneuvers and 360-degree turns. For a calmer...  Read More

Blu Q Catamaran
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The Blu Q is a must-do for gay visitors to the island; it has been a top choice among travelers for more than 16 years! The "Sunset Strip Sail" is two hours of music, dance, and male entertainers – with sangria, beer, and wine. During the...  Read More

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Dive Key West
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This reputable dive operator has been in the business for 40 years and is Key West's largest professional diving center. They offer scuba school with certifications in four or five days, as well as refresher courses if it has been a while....  Read More

City View Trolley Tours
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City View Trolleys may be a newcomer to Key West, but tourists are already raving about its hop-on, hop-off policy that makes exploring a breeze. The company started by offering classic tours in Boston, but has recently branched out in paradise....  Read More

Perfect Pedicab
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Renting bicycles is a no-brainer in Key West, but when you're tired of pedaling, let someone else do the work for you. Pedicabs are human-powered taxis that carry passengers in open-air carts, and provide an entirely different experience than a...  Read More

Not all "tourist traps" are meant to be skipped because the have been given that label. Just three weeks after arriving in Key West, Ernest Hemingway finished "A Farewell to Arms" and he and his wife fell in love with the island. They built...  Read More

Ghosts and Gravestones
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Those that find "Key Weird" to be intriguing during the day will discover that the oddities continue ten-fold at night. The city is consistently touted as "one of the most haunted places in America," and several ghost tours offer the opportunity...  Read More

Not quite ready for bungee jumping, skydiving, or paragliding? Kiteboarding offers a safe alternative that is gaining popularity around the globe. The sport combines surfing and wind power to create an exhilarating and relatively easy-to-learn...  Read More

Kayak Kings of Key West
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Kayak Kings is a new venture by a veteran kayak guide, Alec James. On a cruise ship and have a time crunch? Not a problem. Kayak Kings is extremely accommodating. Typical excursions are offered for every skill level that include a combination of...  Read More


Meet Amber Nolan

Originally from upstate New York, this restless traveler has a knack for befriending interesting characters. You can usually find her just about anywhere that has a hammock. Amber's favorite...  More About Amber