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Free Things to Do in Key West

Posted on: May 22nd , 2019 | Activities
Free Things to Do in Key West

You don’t need to spend money to have fun – especially in Key West. Here’s a list of free things to do around the island.

1. Visit the Southernmost Point of the continental US

A trip to the Southernmost Point buoy is a must for tourists! The point marks the southernmost point of the continental United States – and it’s just 103 miles from Cuba.

2. Check out humorous headstones in the Key West Cemetery

Even the dearly departed say something about the Conch Republic – from its varied past to its morbid sense of humor. Look for B.P. “Pearl” Roberts’ notorious epitaph: “I told you I was sick”, as well as island notables such as “Sloppy” Joe Russell. Make sure to read our guide to the historic cemetery here. The Key West Cemetery is located at the foot of Solares Hill in Old Town.

3. Feed tarpon at the Harbor Walk

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Take in the scene with a stroll along the Harbor Walk at the Key West Historic Seaport. You may catch a tarpon feeding frenzy in the seaport, as many folks and fisherman regularly feed the massive fish across from the A&B Lobster House. Some fish are as big as 5-feet long! Capture the scene on video.

4. Beach time, playground for kids and walk out to the pier at Higgs Beach

Higgs Beach is a great place for kids because of its awesome playground on the sand, beach access, and a pier you can walk out to. Turquoise waters and palm trees make for a totally relaxing setting. Plus, there are great bathroom facilities and showers to rinse off salty water after a dip in the sea.

5. Take a photo with Mile Marker Zero

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Marking the beginning of U.S. Route 1, Mile Marker Zero starts the 2,369-mile stretch that runs north to the Canadian border – so pose away! It’s located at 501 Whitehead St. in Old Town.

6. Visit the Key West Wildlife Center

The Key West Wildlife Center is located inside Indigenous Park at 1801 White Street. The center rescues and treats injured wildlife, especially birds. The center is open to the public every day except Wednesday from 9am to 5pm.

7. Look for the green flash during Mallory Square's Sunset Celebration

The breathtaking sunsets in Key West are celebrated every evening at Mallory Square, which is a spectacle in itself. Go with friends to see if you can spot the green flash, a phenomena we named our event lawn – the Sunset Green – after. Read more about the elusive green flash here.

8. Tour the Oldest House in Key West

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Built in 1829 on what is today Duval Street, the Oldest House in Key West is now a museum and garden, free to the public. Stop by for a short visit to see period pieces, family portraits and small exhibits related to Key West History. Open 10 am to 4 pm daily, closed Sundays and Wednesdays. The museum and garden are free entry, but donations are appreciated.

9. See a scale-model of Fort Jefferson at the Dry Tortugas Museum

The ferry to Dry Tortugas is about $100 per person, but you can check out a (large) small-scale replica at the Dry Tortugas Museum in Key West. The free exhibit is located in the Key West Bight inside the Sails to Rails Museums at Flagler Station.

10. Check the calendar for upcoming street fairs & parades

Street fairs and parades for events like Fantasy Fest, Hemingway Days, the Key Lime Festival and more are regularly programmed throughout the year! Check the Key West calendar to see what festival coincides with your stay.

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