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Where to Go on Duval

Posted on: June 28th , 2016 | Activities
Where to Go on Duval

Duval Street, i.e. the “unofficial” downtown of the Conch Republic, is hard to miss. This is where you’ll likely find yourself imbibing a few frozen beverages, or at the very least sauntering down in your search for more frozen beverages. Although there are tourist traps and bars galore lining Duval, there are still plenty of spots on Duval that are well worth your attention. Here are 24 North’s picks for a less inebriated, yet still intoxicating walk down Duval.

Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory
1316 Duval Street
Key West, Florida 33040
Phone: 305-296-2988

Located on the south end of Duval, the Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory provides a calm respite from the usual ruckus of Duval. Although this Key West landmark may look unassuming on the outside, the backyard houses a large greenhouse with over 50 different butterfly species, tropical flora, exotic birds and even a few flamingos prancing around. Come and go as you please, one admission is good for the entire day.

Hog’s Breath
400 Front Street
Key West, Florida 33040
Phone: 305-296-4222

How could we make a list about Duval without putting at least one bar on the list? Well, we couldn’t. That said, we nominate Hog’s Breath as the resident Duval Street watering hole. For the past 25 years, Hog’s Breath has been consistently good. Here you can count on cold beer and a good burger – which frankly, is all you need on vacation. A running line-up of Key West’s best musicians is a major plus as well.

San Carlos Institute
516 Duval Street
Key West, Florida 33040
Phone: 305-294-3887

The San Carlos Institute is one of those spots on Duval that gets admired for its intricate façade and then overlooked when it comes time to enter. Yet this museum is unlike anything else you will find on Key West. The San Carlos Institute offers a fascinating look at the often forgotten history between Key West and Cuba, as well as a closer look at Cuba’s hero José Martí, curated by historian Carlos Ripoll. Admission is free, yet a small donation is requested.

DE LA Gallery
419 Duval Street
Key West, Florida 33040
Phone: 305-395-2210

One of our personal favorites on Duval is DE LA Gallery, featuring the work of Key West photographer Jorge de la Torriente. While we have good reason to be partial to his work, we also enjoy the serenity that comes from reflecting on his seascapes and panoramas. No matter how many times we’ve seen Key West, we always find something new in his work. It’s a fresh eye on our historic island.

24 North Hotel offers complimentary shuttles to and from Old Town. Consult the schedule here.

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