The Florida Keys

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Florida Keys - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Bahia Honda State Park

    Most first-time visitors to the region are dismayed by the lack of beaches—but then they discover Bahia Honda Key. The 524-acre park sprawls across both...Read More

  • 2. Curry Hammock State Park

    Looking for a slice of the Keys that's far removed from tiki bars? On the ocean and bay sides of Overseas Highway are 260 acres...Read More

  • 3. Custom House

    Old Town

    When Key West was designated a U.S. port of entry in the early 1820s, a customhouse was established. Salvaged cargoes from ships wrecked on the...Read More

  • 4. Dolphins Plus Marine Mammal Responder

    This nonprofit focuses on marine mammal conservation, and you can help it by participating in one of the educational offerings. One popular option is the...Read More

  • 5. Dry Tortugas National Park

    This park, 70 miles off the shores of Key West, consists of seven small islands. Tour 19th-century Fort Jefferson, the largest brick building in the...Read More

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  • 6. Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters

    This isn't your typical large-city aquarium. It’s more hands-on and personal, and it's all outdoors with several tiki huts to house the encounters and provide...Read More

  • 7. Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center

    Old Town

    While visiting Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park, stop in at this colorful 6,400-square-foot interactive attraction, which encourages visitors to venture through a variety of...Read More

  • 8. Fort Zachary Taylor Beach

    Old Town

    The park's beach is the best and safest place to swim in Key West. There's an adjoining picnic area with barbecue grills and shade trees,...Read More

  • 9. Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park

    Old Town

    Construction of the fort began in 1845 but was halted during the Civil War. Even though Florida seceded from the Union, Yankee forces used the...Read More

  • 10. Founders Park

    Plantation Key

    This public park is the gem of Islamorada and boasts a palm-shaded beach, swimming pool, marina, skate park, and tennis. If you want to rent...Read More

  • 11. Higgs Beach–Astro City Playground

    Old Town

    This Monroe County park with its groomed pebbly sand is a popular sunbathing spot. A nearby grove of Australian pines provides shade, and the West...Read More

  • 12. History of Diving Museum

    Upper Matecumbe Key

    This museum plunges into the history of man's thirst for undersea exploration. Among its 13 galleries of interactive and other interesting displays are a submarine...Read More

  • 13. John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

    This state park is on everyone's list for easy access to the best diving and snorkeling in Florida. The underwater treasure encompasses 78 nautical square...Read More

  • 14. Long Key State Park Beach

    Camping, snorkeling, and bonefishing are the favored activities along this narrow strip of natural, rocky shoreline and its shallow, sea-grass-bottom waters that line the park's...Read More

  • 15. Mel Fisher Maritime Museum

    Old Town

    In 1622, a flotilla of Spanish galleons laden with riches left Havana en route to Spain, but foundered in a hurricane 40 miles west of...Read More

  • 16. Seven Mile Bridge

    This is one of the most photographed images in the Keys. Actually measuring slightly less than 7 miles, it connects the Middle and Lower Keys...Read More

  • 17. Smathers Beach

    New Town

    This wide beach has nearly 1 mile of nice white sand, plus beautiful coconut palms, picnic areas, and volleyball courts, all of which make it...Read More

  • 18. Sombrero Beach

    No doubt one of the best beaches in the Keys, here you'll find pleasant, shaded picnic areas that overlook a coconut palm–lined grassy stretch and...Read More

  • 19. The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum

    Old Town

    Amusing anecdotes spice up the guided tours of Ernest Hemingway's home, built in 1851 by the town's most successful wrecker. While living here between 1931...Read More

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