Lesser Known Key West Attractions You Shouldn’t Miss
Key West is one of the most well known tourist towns in America. From Florida visitors making the trek down US-1 to cruise ship passengers eager to get a glimpse of the famous Hemingway cats, the island is famous for a handful of tourist hotspots that a first-time visitor truly shouldn’t miss.
However, if you’ve seen the popular spots and are looking for a more tranquil visit to Key West, you’ve come to the right spot. Check out some of the lesser known attractions, restaurants and venues in Key West, and discover the Island’s hidden gems far away from the hustle and bustle of the tourists.
Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory
Although Key West is brimming with tropical flora and fauna, the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory is one place you’ll get to experience the beauty of the island in one place. The conservatory has more than 50 varieties of butterflies, more than 20 exotic bird species, flowering plants, waterfalls, and trees under a stunning glass, climate-controlled habitat.
The Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory is located on the quiet end of famous Duval Street, and allows you to step away from the busy outside world and into a tropical paradise. Conservatory is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fort Zachary Taylor State Park
Key West is a port city, which makes it a favorite among boaters, but not so ideal for visitors looking for a relaxing beach getaway. Much of the island is surrounded by rocky shoreline with very little sand; so if you’re looking for the traditional beach environment, make a visit to Fort Zachary Taylor State Park.
The park is off the beaten track of many Key West tourist attractions; you have to go through the entrance to a residential neighborhood located at the end of Southard Street. The park has a small sand beach, snorkeling, and fishing. Admission is $7 for a car with two people and $.50 for each additional person. Plan to spend a half-day and bring a picnic lunch to enjoy the island life on the warm sand.
Key West Cemetery
Key West has an eclectic, storied past, and nothing makes that history more clear than the Key West Cemetery, founded in 1847 after the previous cemetery was washed away in a hurricane. For more than 165 years, the cemetery has been the final resting place for Key West’s colorful and quirky residents.
Famous Key West residents like “Sloppy” Joe Russell (of the similarly named Sloppy Joe’s Bar) lie among soldiers who fought in the Cuban revolution. Monuments of cherubs and lambs stand vigil over the tombs and overgrown grasses that chickens and iguanas like to frequent.
There are several entrances to the cemetery, but a small office located at the Passover Lane and Angela Street entrance offers walking tour maps.
If you’re in the mood for fresh local flavor, BadBoy Burrito is about as good as it gets. The eatery includes burritos with Key West Pink Shrimp and local caught fish, fresh-Mex dishes, salads, handmade soft corn tacos, and juices and smoothies made with exotic fruits.
Located on Simonton Street a couple blocks from the Southernmost Point, BadBoy Burrito is small in stature, but big on fresh Island flavors.
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