Key West: Entertainment

Not into water sports or fishing? Not a problem. Key West, Florida has you covered with a variety of fun things to see and do.

Southernmost Point in the Continental USA.

Annie standing in front of the Southernmost Point in the Continental USA.

Annie standing in front of the Southernmost Point in the Continental USA.

The statue of Bishop Albert Kee, awarded Key West Ambassador, for blowing his conch shell and welcoming an estimated 11 million visitors to Key West.

The statue of Bishop Albert Kee, awarded Key West Ambassador, for blowing his conch shell and welcoming an estimated 11 million visitors to Key West.

 

Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory:

Just down the block from the Southernmost Point marker is the Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory at 1316 Duval St.  The conservatory houses between 50-60 butterfly species plus Brett and Scarlett, the flamingo couple.

Scarlett, the flamingo at the Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory

Scarlett, the flamingo at the Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory

One of many beautiful butterflies

One of many beautiful butterflies and moths at the Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory.

 

Ghosts and Gravestones:

Key West is purported to be the third most haunted city in the USA. That translates into a fun 1-1/2 hour tour aboard the “trolley of the doomed.”

Ghosts and Gravestones bus which leaves from Mallory Square area.

Ghosts and Gravestones bus which leaves from Mallory Square area.

Travelers will visit Fort East Martello Museum. The Civil War fort was closed at the end of the war.

Fort East Martello Museum

Fort East Martello Museum

Our host was Benjamin Hook. He told us the haunted tales of the old fort.

A spirited host, Benjamin Hook, told visitors the haunted tales of the old fort.

A spirited host, Benjamin Hook, told visitors the haunted tales of the old fort.

Inside is Robert the doll. Robert was given to Gene Otto by his nanny…a person with voodoo skills. Gene became attached to Robert in a spooky king of way. Some say they overheard conversations between the two on a number of occasions. Robert is now enclosed in a glass case at the museum for all to see.

Bruce making a face behind Robert the doll. When something went wrong, Gene Otto would say: "Robert did it."

Bruce making a face behind Robert the doll. When something went wrong, Gene Otto would say: “Robert did it.”

An eerie tale of love gone wrong is that of Carl von Cosel and the woman of his affection, Maria Elena Milagro de Hoyos . He met her while she was in the hospital for TB. Carl did all he could to save her, but without success. Her body was interred in a mausoleum bought by Carl.  He robbed her body and proceeded to encase her in wire and wax.

Body of Maria Elena Milagro de Hoyos , the object of Carl von Casel's affection.

Body of Maria Elena Milagro de Hoyos , the object of Carl von Casel’s affection.

Creepy as this might be, he lived with her corpse for seven years before being discovered.

Your next stop on the tour is to the Shipwreck Treasures Museum where you will see relics from ships that crashed on the shores of the keys.

A mannequin stands on the balcony of the Shipwreck Treasures Museum.

A mannequin stands on the balcony of the Shipwreck Treasures Museum.

Truman’s Little White House:

Harry S. Truman's Little White House (located on Front Street)

Harry S. Truman’s Little White House (located at 111 Front Street)

This structure was originally a duplex built in 1890 for the Naval base commander and paymaster. It was converted to a single-family dwelling in 1911. Harry S. Truman used the dwelling for 175 days during his presidency resulting in the name, Little White House. Many important meetings and decisions were made here, such as the Marshall Plan. Other presidents have enjoyed staying at the Little White House: Eisenhower, Kennedy and Clinton.

Truman's Little White House

Truman’s Little White House

Tours are given all year. The authenticity of the furnishing and environment is 90% of how it was when President Truman spent time here. Well worth the time and $14.00 entrance fee. There are two exhibit rooms which can be visited free of charge. They contain memorabilia of Truman’s presidency.

a painting of Truman in front of the Little White House located in the exhibition room.

a painting of Truman in front of the Little White House located in the exhibition room.

Other notable Points-of-Interests:

At Mallory Square is the Key West Museum of Art & History at the Custom House. You can’t miss it. Look for this famous statue.

A statue from the famous photo of the sailor kissing the nurse at the end of WWII.

A statue from the famous photo of the sailor kissing the nurse at the end of WWII.

Built between 1932-43 by the WPA to promote tourism in the area, the Key West Aquarium was originally an open-air aquarium.

Key West Aquarium

Key West Aquarium

Bruce hob-nobbing with one of the "sailors" near the aquarium.

Bruce hob-nobbing with one of the “sailors” near the aquarium.

 

Infinite Beauty, for a more beautiful you. Located in the U.S. Coast Guard building near Mallory Square, Nicki (803-318-5165) or Victoria will make those winkles disappear.

Old Coast Guard building near Mallory Square

Old Coast Guard building near Mallory Square

Victoria at Infinite Beauty

Victoria at Infinite Beauty

Sarabeth’s, Best Restaurant in Key West:

Sarabeth’s has it all…great service, delicious food and delightful attmosphere. Be sure to make reservations and if you’re planning to have their famous fried chicken on Sunday…arrive early.

Our amiable host at Sarabeth's.

Our amiable host at Sarabeth’s.

 

Finally, walk Duval Street. Regardless of the time of day or night, Duval is always jumping with tourists. The stores are open for you to shop. No end to the bars, live music, and eating establishments to cater to your every need.

Whether your passion is fishing or water sports or site-seeing, Key West has it all for you.

About the Author:

In 2010, Annie Coburn created Fab Placez.  In 2014, she changed the name of her website to FAB Senior Travel to better define her target audience, mature travelers. She publishes travel articles from other writers, as well as her own, in order to provide diversity of locations to match the breadth of interest of FAB’s subscribers.

Website: http:// www.fabseniortravel.com

 

 

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