Easter is coming up on April 17, so hop to it. The long holiday weekend brings all sorts of people to the Conch Republic to make lasting memories with friends and family. Here are things to do for Easter weekend in Key West that will get you packing.
Book a Table for Easter Brunch
Luckily, Easter always falls on a Sunday, also known as the day where it is perfectly acceptable to eat breakfast foods in the afternoon. Let local chefs handle your holiday meal. Key West restaurants offer some strong Easter brunch options. Popular eateries Ocean Grill & Bar, Azur, Blue Heaven, and LL’s Test Kitchen are all known for their wonderful Easter brunch. Hard Rock Café on Duval Street is hosting a special ‘Breakfast with the Bunny’ on Easter Sunday from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. where guests can enjoy popular brunch items, unlimited mimosas, an egg hunt, and an appearance by the Easter Bunny.
Visit the Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden
Nothing says “Spring has arrived!” like the vibrant colors of blooming flowers. Stop and smell the roses (and hibiscus) at the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden on Stock Island. The only frost-free, subtropical, natural conservation habitat and native plant botanical garden in the continental United States is open on Easter Sunday. Get a first glimpse of the colorful blooms that are indicative of spring along the boardwalks and nature trails. You’ll spot turtles, butterflies, and a myriad of beautiful native flowers like the purple blossoms of the Lignum Vitae tree, bright yellow blooms of the Sweet Acacia, pink, white, and yellow blooms of the Locustberry, and white blooms of the Simpson’s Stopper and Plumeria pudica. Kids are free!
Fill Your Easter Basket at Key West's Best Chocolate Shops
We believe eating loads of chocolate on Easter is a binding celebration. Make this Easter extra sweet and follow the aroma of chocolate drifting from Key West’s best craft chocolate shops. Sample decadent truffles and key lime fudge from Kilwins Key West, homemade pralines from River Street Sweets, and mouthwatering fudge from Mattheessen’s Candy Kitchen.
Search for colorfully-patterned wings at the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservancy
Get in touch with nature this Easter at the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory, open 365 days a year. The tropical paradise is filled with 50 to 60 species of butterflies, flowering plants, 20 species of exotic birds, and tranquil cascading waterfalls. Kids will love watching the elegant winged creatures flutter through the air, while also exploring the anatomy, physiology, and life cycle of the butterfly in the Learning Center - and don’t forget your camera, the conservatory makes the perfect backdrop for family Easter photos!
Easter Events, Parties, and Egg Hunts
Kick off Easter week early at the Easter Eggstravaganza on Friday, April 8, from 5 - 7 p.m. at the Beachside Recreation Complex on Truman Annex. Activities include an Easter Bunny meet and greet, egg hunt, carnival games, a bounce house, DJ, food and cash bar, plus Easter crafts and giveaways.
The Annual Little White House Egg Roll is back, this time a week early! Head to the lawns of the Little White House on Saturday, April 9, from 9 a.m. - noon for free activities for the whole family including arts and crafts, face painting, a scavenger egg hunt, live music, refreshments, pictures with the Easter Bunny, and the traditional Easter Egg Roll.
There are two more Easter parties vying for your attendance on Saturday morning, including Big Coppitt Fire Station’s annual Easter Egg Hunt from 9 - 11 a.m. and the Old Stone Church’s Easter Family Event from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. that includes an egg hunt, games, crafts, snacks, and a kid-friendly escape room. The historic church will also host a Good Friday service and a 6:30 a.m. sunrise Easter Sunday service on Smathers Beach.