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History & Culture

Uncover Our History

Once a deserted island born from a dream, full of possibility and thickets of mangroves, Key West bears a history unlike any other. Its magic has lured pirates and wreckers, artists and writers, sailors and merchants, and countless others. Now, as its future unfolds, we can explore the fascinating history that shaped this land.

Fun Facts | Did you know?

  • Key West natives are known as "conchs"
  • We're home to a large population of free-roaming chickens.
  • The lowest temperature on record in the Florida Keys is 41°F.
  • Ernest Hemingway lived and wrote in Key West during the 1930s.
  • Key West's coral reef is the third largest in the world.

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Ernest Hemingway yellow and white house
Truman House with white walls & American colored banners
White lighthouse surrounded by greenery
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Image of fish in aquarium from below
Historic Sites & Museums

Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park

(305) 292-6713

A National Historic Landmark centered on a Civil War-era fort, this Florida State Park is perfect for a day of fun in the sun.

Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum

(305) 294-1136

Ernest Hemingway’s residence from 1931 to 1939, this historic home and museum offers insight into one of Key West’s most prolific authors.

Harry S. Truman Little White House

(305) 294-9911

This beautiful Key West home once served as President Harry S. Truman’s wintertime White House, as well as other historic headquarters.

Lighthouse & Keeper’s Quarters Museum

(305) 294-0012

Ready for a climb? Ascend the 88 iron steps to the top of this historic tower—originally built in 1825—and take in the incredible ocean views.

Butterfly & Nature Conservatory

(305) 296-2988

Over 50 different species of living butterflies abound in this climate-controlled, glass-enclosed conservatory, also featuring plants, waterfalls, and birds.

Key West Aquarium

(305) 296-2051

Set in our world-famous Mallory Square, this popular aquarium invites guests to meet live sea animals and take in the beauty of marine life.

Contact Concierge

Contact Concierge

(305) 21-PERRY

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