Things To Do

Don’t know what to do in Key West?

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Having visited and lived in Key West for a combined total of ten years, we know what it takes to make you feel like a local from the moment you arrive at Suite Dreams Inn. Whether you want to find the most popular and best things to do in Key West, or to just sneak away to one of its most intimate little hideaways, we, or any one of the Suite Dreams’ staff, will point you in the right direction.

Come discover the island paradise which is known for its tranquility, breathtaking beauty and laid-back atmosphere. Surrounded by the crystal clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, Key West is the ultimate vacation destination that offers a wide range of activities for everyone. We’ve compiled a short list of everyone’s favorite Key West activities and attractions just for you!

Key West has a unique history and rich culture which makes it an island like no other in the Caribbean. Key West sightseeing enables you to walk in the footsteps of famous Poets, Playwrights, Pirates and Presidents as you discover everything our 4.2 square mile island paradise has to offer.

In addition to the breathing in the fresh tropical air, playing in the aqua blue waters, walking along our sandy beaches, and the ampel and varied people watching opportunities, Key West has other Free Things To Do as well

Key West Cemetery Walking Tour - Self guided tour brochures are available at our office or in your accommodation. More information is available on their website

Key West Garden Club at West Martello Tower - The Key West Garden Club is housed in an old civil war fort on Higgs beach, just down Grinnell St from the Inn. This site offers breathtaking venues and educational programs. Visit their website for more information

Key West Wildlife Center - at 1801 White St., next to the bocce courts off Higgs Beach. More information is available

Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center - at 35 East Quay Road on the way to Fort Zachary State Park. There is free parking at the Center. This is a marvelous place to learn about the Florida Keys environment. Check their website for hours of operation

Monroe County Sheriff's Animal Farm - at 5501 College Rd. on Stock Island just before you enter Key West. It is open to the public every 2nd and 4th Sunday from 1pm to 3pm. More information is available

Key West Turtle Museum - at 200 Margaret St. near Half Shell Raw Bar Restaurant at the Historic Seaport. Hours vary with the seasons. Check their website for more details

Key West's First Legal Rum Distillery - at 105 Simonton St. - Free tours, tastings and Mojito classes at 4:30pm Monday through Saturday.

Daily Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square at the western end of Whitehead street facing Sunset Key and the Gulf of Mexico. Here you will enjoy a variety of professional street performers. It is said that the original troop of Cirque du Soleil got the start as they performed at Mallory Square.

Southernmost Point Buoy located at the intersection of Whitehead and South street is a 10 minute walk from Suite Dreams Inn. Take your pictures in the morning or evening, avoid the lines in the heat of the day.

Key West is well known for excellent dining and drinking establishments. We have approximately 350 restaurants and 360 bars on the island. Plenty to choose from. However, for your convenience Suite Dreams Inn is located amidst five of the best restaurants on the island as follows:

Salute Restaurant on the beach - at Higgs Beach with ample parking and only a three minute stroll from Suite Dreams Inn at the end of Grinnell St. They are known for their Grouper Cakes. Check out their other offerings on their website.

Restaurants and bars at the Casa Marina Waldorf Astoria Hilton Resort - Suite Dreams Inn guests are welcome to enjoy the Casa's beach and pool as well.

El Siboney - 900 Catherine St. Specializing in Cuban food in a casual atmosphere.

Louie's Backyard - 700 Waddell on the water with its multi-level deck and Tiki bar, white linen fine dining and second floor tapus style offerings this Caribbean/American restaurant is rated one of the best restaurant experiences on the island.

Oasis Mediterranean Cuisine - 1019 White St. is an outstanding relaxing environment to enjoy extremely fresh traditional Mediterranean or American meals at very reasonable prices. In addition to the traditional Mediterranean fair Oasis offers several outstanding seafood dishes as well.

There’s plenty to see while staying on land in Key West.  Old Town Key West features many museums, attractions and points of interest. Lift a gold bar and learn of  treasures lost, found or stolen at The Mel Fisher Maritime Museum.  Tour the living quarters of one of our most favorite writers by visiting the home of Ernest Hemingway.  You can actually pet a shark at the Key West Aquarium and view all sorts of local sea life.

Stroll through the tropical garden of the Key West Butterfly Conservatory while 50 to 60 species of the world’s most beautiful butterflies dance and flutter around you.  If you would like to see all of Key West hop aboard City View Trollies where the knowledgeable guides tell you of the history, lore and current events of our magical island paradise.  You can hop on and off all day at your leisure so it is a great way to get around town.  Other attractions include:

Key West Shipwreck Museum

Key West Lighthouse and Keepers Quarter’s Museum

Harry Truman’s Little White House

All aboard for one of the southernmost city’s finest treasures … a Key West Sunset Sail.  The sun setting over the crystal clear waters of the gulf of Mexico is a truly magnificent spectacle.

Every evening about an hour and a half before sunset sail boats, schooners and catamarans leave the Key West harbor and head straight for the setting sun.  The professional crews of these vessels take great care of all of their island guests to make sure they have an enjoyable and safe adventure.

Key West Sunset Cruises generally last about two hours and a selection of appetizers and beverages are served during these fun and relaxing excursions.

Adventure awaits with many of the exciting Key West Watersports and activities available to visitors.  Jet Ski and boat rentals are a fun and exciting way to see this island paradise from a different vantage point.

Peaceful kayak tours or dolphin encounters can be arranged as well.   For those who want to see the beauty of the Florida Keys and Key West from beneath the waves, try scuba diving or snorkeling.  Parasail high above the water to get a birds eye view of the magnificent scenery.  Choose your adventure.  World class deep sea or flats fishing with 1/2 or full day trips are also available.

Theatre & Cinema

Key West’s rich and exciting culture would not be complete without our local theater scene.  You can experience classic plays and original works in comedy, drama and music at the playhouse of your choice.

The Red Barn Theater has become a cultural cornerstone for the Key West community while building a national reputation for creating BIG shows in a small space.  The Waterfront Playhouse is the oldest continually running theater group in Florida and has developed a well known reputation for showcasing the most talented actors, directors and other theater professionals in South Florida.

If live theater is not your thing, The Tropic Cinema on Eaton just off Duval Street plays the most popular current movies as well as some lesser known award-winning independent films.  Try items from their delicious snack bar which also includes a selection of beer and wine.

Sunset Celebration

The Sunset Celebration is a nightly festival at Mallory Square in Key West, FL. This Key West attraction consists of unique street performances, arts, craft and jewelry sales and food carts and stands.

Thousands of tourists from around the world visit this extravaganza to watch the dramatic Key West Sunset. Each night for two hours before sunset, both locals and tourists alike, flock to the water’s edge to experience this unique event and to watch the sun sink gently into the Gulf of Mexico.

Famous Key West Bars & Taverns

Key West is known for it’s exciting nightlife.  Whether you are joining in the fun on world famous Duval Street or seeking a cooler more intimate watering hole, Key West is sure to please with a large selection of Famous Bars & Taverns.

On Duval Street you can dance till dawn to the live music from Sloppy Joe’s Bar,  The Hog’s Breath Saloon or Margaritaville just to name a few.  Just off of Duval you will find Capt. Tony’s Saloon with it’s kooky Key West charm, The Green Parrot with plenty of live entertainment or The Rum Barrel, owned and operated by Pat Croce, former owner of the 76’ers.

On the water, you can’t beat happy hour at Alonzo’s or Conch Republic Seafood Company (known as The Conch Farm to the locals) followed by the coolest musical sounds from the Schooner Warf Bar.  Whether you choose to dine, drink or dance, Key West has something for everyone.

Almost 70 miles (112.9 km) west of Key West lies a cluster of seven islands, composed of coral reefs and sand, called the Dry Tortugas. Along with the surrounding shoals and waters, they make up Dry Tortugas National Park. The area is known for its famous bird and marine life, its legends of pirates and sunken gold, and its military past.

There are boats daily to Ft. Jefferson located on the Dry Tortugas.  Cruise in spacious comfort aboard The Yankee Freedom II, the fastest, largest and most state-of-the-art vessel ferrying passengers to Fort Jefferson Dry Tortugas National Park. There is a Seaplane option as well. Unforgettable adventures await you on this most memorable trip.  Call Suite Dreams Inn by the beach for details, pricing, and to make your Dry Tortugas reservation.

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